Maria Montiel (b.1981) is from Venezuela and arrived in Spain in 2007 in order to study Textile Design. For her, it was the best way to mix what she loves the most: illustration and graphic design. She describes herself as “an artist with a tropical soul in a Mediterranean land”.
Now based in Barcelona, in the vibrant Barrio of Gràcia, Maria completed her degree in Graphic design with a specialization in pattern design in Madrid (Instituto Europea de Diseño, 2009). With a grandfather who was an art collector, and parents architects, she has developed her artistic soul from early on.
She finds her inspiration in her memories, her Dad’s orchid garden, and her trips. The jungle of Latin America with its vivid colors and rich textures is blooming in her organic and colorful illustrations. Maria mainly uses watercolor to create imaginative worlds full of warmth and magic, aimed at infecting everyone with joy.
When living in Venezuela, she fell in love with the “Cayena blanca”-flower (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) on an excursion with friends. She therefore started to brand herself under that name to create products with her prints (smartphone cases, notebooks, stationary, accessories). In 2018, she has been invited by Ag Gallery to show her work in a solo exhibit in Brooklyn. She regularly proposes creative workshops in her studio, and works on commissioned work.