A public garden & cultural center

Maia Cruz Palileo

Winter Workspace 2016

Pictured above: Mapayapa Village, 2015
Oil on canvas, 33” x 48"
Image courtesy of the artist


Maia Cruz Palileo is a multi-disciplinary artist working in painting, installation, drawing and animation. She investigates themes of migration and the permeable concept of home. Influenced by the oral history of her family’s arrival in the United States from the Philippines and of growing up in the midwest, Palileo infuses these narratives with both memory and imagination. When stories and recollections are subjected to time and constant retelling, the narratives become questionable, on the borderline between fact and fiction, even as they remain cloaked in the convincingly familiar. During the Winter Workspace, Palileo will create new paintings that include observations of Wave Hill’s plant collection and grounds.

Palileo is a recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant, a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Award and the Astraea Visual Arts Fund Award. She received an MFA in sculpture from Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and a BA in Studio Art from Mount Holyoke College. She also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture program in Skowhegan, ME, in 2015.

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.