Maia Cruz Palileo (they/them) is a multidisciplinary, Brooklyn-based artist. Migration and the permeable concept of home are constant themes in their paintings, installations, sculptures, and drawings. Influenced by the oral history of their family’s arrival in the United States from the Philippines, as well as the history between the two countries, Maia infuses these narratives using both memory and imagination. When stories and memories are subjected to time and constant retelling, the narratives become questionable, bordering the line between fact and fiction, while remaining cloaked in the convincingly familiar. In the painting, "A Night That Was As Light As Day," imagines a gathering spot where what is normally unseen is illuminated, becoming briefly visible. But in order to see, the viewer must spend time looking. The longer they look, more is revealed, though it's not possible to see everything- concealment and ambiguity remain.
Palileo has had solo exhibitions at the Kimball Arts Center, Park City, Utah (2022), the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2021); the Katzen Arts Center, Washington D.C. (2019); Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago (2019); Pioneer Works, Brooklyn (2018); Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York (2017); and Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space, curated by Jordan Buschur, New York (2015). Upcoming group shows include Ghost of Empires, Ben Brown Gallery, Hong Kong (2022) The Outwin 2022: American Portraiture Today, National Portrait Gallery, D.C. (2022) Jeffrey Deitch Gallery, New York, NY (2022), Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center, New York, NY (2022), Our Blue Planet: Global Visions of Water, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA (2022). Palileo’s work has been included in exhibitions at Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco (2019); Perrotin, New York, (2019); The Rubin Museum of Art, New York (2018); St. Joseph’s College Gallery, Brooklyn (2017); Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn (2016); and the Bronx Museum of the Arts (2011). Palileo is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant, Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Program Grant, Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant, NYFA Painting Fellowship, Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Award, and the Astraea Visual Arts Fund Award. The artist received an MFA in sculpture from Brooklyn College, City University of New York and BA in Studio Art at Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts. Palileo has participated in residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Madison, Maine; Lower East Side Print Shop, New York; Millay Colony, Austerlitz, New York; and the Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans. Their work is in the collections of The San Jose Museum of Art, CA, The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, NC, The Speed Museum, KT and The Fredriksen Collection in Norway.