Trained as a photographer, Maria Buyondo’s art practice has expanded to include a variety of mediums through which she thoroughly threads a concept. Based on social injustice and personal experience, her work depicts social constrictions and their effects. Through video and photography she confronts issues such as race, identity and class. Where No One Can See Me is a handmade book about memory and escape from reality; it is a portrait of the artist’s grandmother, who has Alzheimer’s Disease and lives in a Jewish nursing home in Stockholm, Sweden.
Maria Buyondo was born in Moscow, Russia and raised in Stockholm. She emigrated to the U.S. in 2001and has lived in New York City since 2004. Trained as a photographer, her practice includs a variety of mediums through which she thoroughly thread her conceptual inquiries. Buyondo recieved her BFA from the School of Visual Arts, and has exhibited work at Castel Gallery in New Rochelle, NY, the Bronx Museum, Pulp Legend in Brooklyn, the School of Visual Arts East Side Gallery and Winkleman Gallery, among others. Buyondo has participated in a number of residency programs including the Bronx Museum’s AIM program in 2008, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2009, Smack Mellon from 2010-2011, and Aljira Emerge Eleven in 2013.
Maria Buyondo was a CPW Artist-in-Residence in 2013.