To Peace in Ukraine Tile, glazed stoneware with gilding, 7in h x 7.25in w x .25in deep
Maria Miro Johnson explores everyday life using the emotionally expressive potential of paint. She seeks to elevate domestic interiors beyond their ordinariness by virtue of noticing them and selecting them as subjects. Johnson depicts her interiors in a brushy, gestural style that is largely realistic, and can be read as abstract.
Working largely from observation and occasionally from photos, she works mostly in oil paint on canvas and panels.
This summer, during her break from college teaching, as she hunkered down at home to ride out a vicious pandemic, painting was a source of joy and gratitude.
Maria holds a BFA in painting from Hartford Art School. Her work was selected for several juried exhibitions there, and she has also exhibited as part of a group show in her hometown of Middletown, CT.
Maria also hosts a radio show, Open Studio: Conversations on Art and Why It Matters, every 2nd and 4th Sunday from 5:30 to 6:30 pm (EST) on Wesleyan’s wesufm.org and openstudioradio.org. Johnson’s paintings are currently exhibited at Spectrum Gallery in Centerbrook, Connecticut.