Maria Medina-Schechter was born in Pasadena, California and attended Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington. She received her B.F.A in 1998 and initiated her Masters degree in Visual Art Administration with New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development in 2006. She has lived most of her life in California, has traveled extensively to 17 countries, living in Udon Thani, Thailand and Mannheim, Germany. Since 1994, Mrs. Medina-Schechter’s paintings have shown in community and cultural institutions along with a recent Pocket Exhibition with the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara County, California in 2020.


For over 20 years, she has worked with color, language, text, and various textures. For the last 26 years her primary medium was in oils, collage, and resin. Today she works in only organic and living materials. Trained in painting and sculpture, she enjoys both equally. Maria loves to inspire curiosity, joy, and engagement in her work. She became disabled in a car accident in 2018. Since that time her works have become more organic and textural, utilizing objects from nature to create forms intended for healing and raising the human spirit.

Maria Medina-Schechter

Artist | Curator | Educator

New Work: 2022-2024

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Solo Exhibition

Sacramento County Board of Chambers

January 4, 2022 - July 28, 2022

Solo Exhibition (on-site), CA.

Women of Extraordinary Courage

This exhibition celebrates the healing narratives of some of the world’s bravest young women, faced with challenges and adversity, yet determined to make a difference. Maria Medina-Schechter became inspired to create this body of work after having been grievously injured in an auto accident in 2018. After several surgeries she was left permanently disabled. She presents this body of work as her first since becoming an artist with a disability. This work was made possible by The 2020 Arts and Accessibility Grant, UCLA and The National Arts and Disability Center (NADC), The California Arts Council a State Agency and the 2020 Center for Cultural Innovation.

California State Capitol Art Exhibition: Art work by Maria Medina-Schechter, Women of Extraordinary Courage
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Project launch 2022