Maia Cruz Palileo

Maia Cruz Palileo is a multidisciplinary, Brooklyn-based artist. They completed their BA in Studio Art  from Mount Holyoke College in 2001, and received their MFA in Sculpture from Brooklyn College in 2008. In 2015, they attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, in Madison, ME. They are a recipient of the Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Program Grant, the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant, the NYFA Painting Fellowship, the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Award, and the Astraea Visual Arts Fund Award.


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.