Maria R. Schneider

Contact Information

Phone: 610-909-5286


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Drawing/Mixed Media


Artist's Biography

Schneider’s art is characterized by graphic simplicity and conceptual undertones.

A native of Madrid, Spain, Schneider studied at The Arts Student League in New York and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, where she now resides. Fascinated by technology, she started became part of NextFab, a makers space in Philadelphia, where she learned how to use and manipulate lasers, LED lighting and other technologies she started using in her art practice. Previously, she completed a Law Degree and an MBA, disciplines that now inform some of her conceptual work.

Drawing and experimentation have always been central to her artistic practice. From the early bull paintings and the newspaper clippings to the LED drawings, Schneider is always searching and moving forward with her work. Her discovery of laser printing opened for her a complete new world in which she marries art and technology using basic elements of drawing and simple lighting techniques.

Her work hangs in corporate and private collections in Europe and the United States. She has shown at the Pennsylvania State Museum, Philadelphia City Hall and Philadelphia downtown galleries. She was selected to be part of Dialogo 365, one of the largest exhibits of Latino artists in the East Coast, in 2011 and in 2012 and the Wawa Corporation Annual Exhibit in 2013. She also has exhibited at Art Prize in Grand Rapids, MI. Some of her recent group shows include Simulate/Permeate at Rowan University. Her current exhibit at Samara Gallery in Houston, TX include several of her Invisible Cities Series.

Artist's Statement

I explore the invisibility of the things we refuse to see. I bring to the forefront the ghosts of the past that shape the present. In the Invisible Cities series, I display multiple layers of the architectural progress of cities representing both the upswings of urban development and the preceding ghosts of abandoned and reclaimed buildings and through laser-etched lines on plexiglass illuminated by LED lights. Shining light on these invisible places, the ghosts become alive and the perception shifts.

Selected Exhibitions

Light and Language, Inliquid@ParkTownePlace, Philadelphia, PA

CFEVA @ The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Spectral Light and Color, Samara Gallery, Houston, TX

Grand Prix Gala, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

Professional Artists Exhibit, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
Juror: John Shipman

Venturef0rth, Philadelphia, PA

M Spring Gala Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

Simulate/Permeate, InLiquid at Rowan University Art Gallery, Glassboro, NJ

42nd Annual Exhibition, Notre Dame de Namur Academy, Villanova, PA

Art Encounters, Delaware County Community College, Media, PA

Jewels and Treasures, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
Juror: Eileen Tognini

41st Annual Exhibition, Notre Dame de Namur Academy, Villanova, PA

Punto y Raya, The Wawa Corporation, Wawa, PA
Curator: Susana Amundarain

Professional Artists’ Exhibit, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

40th Annual Exhibition, Notre Dame de Namur Academy, Villanova, PA

Artist Equity at GoggleWorks, Reading, PA
Curator: Lisa Tremper Hanover, Director of the Michener Art Museum

Carpe Diem: Diálogo 365, Art at City Hall, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Anabelle Rodriguez-Lawton

Professional Artist Exhibit, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

Collaborative 34, Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Francine Shore

Diálogo 365, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Anabelle Rodriguez-Lawton

Following the Line, Art at City Hall, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Amie Potsic and Ona Kalstein

ArtPrize 2011, Monroe Mall (Civic Theater), Grand Rapids, MI

Art of the State, Pennsylvania State Museum, Harrisburg, PA

Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

Dysfunctional Furniture Art In City Hall, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Albert LeCoff

Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA

Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania

Window Exhibit, Daffys, Philadelphia, PA

Open Studio Visit, National Museum of Women in the Arts, PA Chapter

Third Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Art Student League of New York, New York, NY


Art Education
2001 – 2005 Art Student League of New York, New York, NY

1998 – 2000 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Previous Education
1993 Master of Business Administration, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
1989 Law Degree (JD), Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain