Born and raised in Chicago, Maria Tomasula is an active part of the Chicago art scene. Maria Tomasula received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and then continued her education at Northwestern University, where she earned a Masters degree in Fine Arts. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Notre Dame and also is a Lecturer at Northwestern University.
Maria’s work is influenced by the votive painting of Mexico as well as contemporary writers of Latin America.. Her photorealistic paintings touch on subjects like religion, life and death, and the beauty of nature. Using realist still-life techniques, she creates images that employ religious symbolism and allegory.