Maria Fillad was born in Argentina where she studied Art at the University of
Fine Art. As a young girl, she discovered and became fascinated with the feel
and creative possibilities of clay. She began making simple angels and dolls,
and has since mastered her skills which become evident by viewing her recent
works. Passion and creativity continue to emanate from her while see is
either working on a new piece or just explaining her viewpoint. Fillad has
created original designs for clients from Argentina, Canada, Spain, Switzerland
and The United States.
In the early 1990's Fillad relocated to New York and opened a ceramic studio
in Brooklyn. She began sharing her expertise and enthusiasm with her
students, which range in age from Elementary Grade children through retired
individuals both in her studio and in classes held in nursing homes and
Fillad originated the concept of bridal sculpture dolls: portraits of brides in their
dresses and veils created entirely in porcelain. She has exhibited her works in
galleries throughout the New York metropolitan area including the Art Expos
held annually at the Jacob Javits Center. She also exhibits at ARTredSPOT
Gallery in Westport, CT.
Currently Fillad maintains a studio on Staten Island. She also exhibits with a
group of Staten Island artists working in clay known as the Friends of Fire. She
also teaches a hand building class at Wagner College. In 2005 Fillad earned
her second degree, a BS in Visual Arts from a New York State College. She
has continued her Education , and earned her Masters in Special and General
Education from Touro College.
Maria Fillad has won numerous Awards( for Professionals) in various
competitions throughout the New York City Tri-State area. She was also
featured and interviewed on the ' The New Yorker , a Manhattan cable show
that is seen throughout the entire New York City area.
Maria Fillad’s body of work encompasses drawing, painting and sculpture. Her
work is intuitive and shows her emotion and passion for life. Her drawings and
paintings are a vivacious combination of spontaneous, bright and original
colors. Her sculptures includes large repousse murals.
The warmth and vibrancy of her character generates a feeling of happiness
and spirituality. Images from Fillad’s life culminate in her work as she explores
new and unique visions.