I was born in Jersey City, New Jersey to parents who relocated from Puerto Rico. They met in Manhattan while working in a factory. Mami made quilts and Papi made cardboard boxes. Since they worked constantly; baby-sitting was delegated to relatives who had more time for it. A cheap and easy way to keep me busy as a child was by giving me crayons and coloring books. Since coloring books focus on visual language; I consider them to be my primary introduction to Culture, Semiotics and Art. 

My interest in portraiture and the figure, in various forms, comes from growing up with religious pictures of saints, graduation, wedding and baby pictures of friends and family, and similar iconic imagery such as singers and movie stars. However, I don't use photos. I discover most of my heads, bodies, and objects by way of physical/mental and emotional recall and through the fluid process of painting. They are, much like myself, a by-product  of the manufacturer.

Education

Tyler School of Art, Temple University, M.F.A./ Painting, Spring, 1998 

University of Illinois at Chicago, Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1993

Jersey City State College, Studies in Commercial Art, 1978 to 1982

Residencies

“The Corporation at Yaddo”; Saratoga Springs, May 1999

“Future Faculty Fellow”, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, 1996-1998 

“Vision and Rationality”,Temple in Rome Seminar, Summer 1997

“Yale Summer Arts Fellowship”, Norfolk, Connecticut, 1992

Solo Exhibitions

“Maritza Ranero”, Recent Paintings, Philadelphia Art Alliance, 3/28-5/7/00,

"Visiting Artist;Gallery B", Amy Schlegel-Curator, Artemesia, Chicago, IL, 1996

Group Exhibitions

"The Fay Chandler Emerging Artist Awards" 2019,A Group Show of New and Emerging Artist in The City of Boston.

2019 Art Associations’ Invitational, a juried  exhibition of artists from Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain,,Roslindale, West Roxbury, Dorchester, Roxbury, 

Dedham and Milton Art Associations., Sept 5-Oct 30, Merino Art Center, Hyde Park, MA.

“RENDERING LIKENESS/VOLUME 2”, MAY 31rst-June 24th 2019, Curated by Johnny thorton, La Bodega Gallery, Brooklyn ny

“TRANSCENDENCE”, Juried by Antonius Tin Bui; this group show responds to and questions gender constructs in our current society. March 1-31, 2019 at the International Arts &Artist at Hillyer Contemporary Arts Center, Washington, DC.

“ART, GRIEF AND THE LAND, A Group Show  Juried and Curated by Patricia Miranda.

Cambridge Art Association, January 8 - February 2, 2019 at University Place Gallery.

"The Fay Chandler Emerging Artist Awards" 2018,A Group Show of New and Emerging Artist in The City of Boston.

Juried by Paul Ha, Abigail Santinsky and Martina Tanga; The Scollay Square Gallery;Boston City Hall. August 6 - September 21, 2018.

“Dice From That Ancient Game", March and April 2018, a show of video and sound, curated by Lynne Ghenov at C for Courtside Gallery in Knoxville Tennessee.

"Thy Majestic Loose Eye, And Only Thus" organized by Ruben Ghenov and Christopher Ulivo, May 27th-June 18th 2017 at Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Los Angeles California.

“En Cominidad" Works by Latin Queer, Transgender Artist, Sept 23-30 40th Street Artist-in-Residence Program,curated by Wit Lopez.

“Always Already Here”, Vol. 2, Curated by Joshua Bienko at Gallery Protocol, March, 18 2016.

“Fuck Heads” 2010 curated by Angela Dufresne, traveling to Kinkead Gallery in Culver City, L.A. California and SCA Contemporary Gallery in Albuquerque, N.M.

“(SUB)URBAN” Oct.8-Nov.20,2004 at Urban Space: A Bridge Spotters Gallery, Pittsburgh,PA. A group show that examines class and cultural semiotics. Curated by Ayanah Moor; Prof. Of Printmaking at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.

“Illuminaries” Jan.2-24, 2003 An exhibition and sale of original artwork by past exhibitioners to benefit "The Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design".

“Provincetown Invitational 2002” ; A group exhibition of artist chosen by current artist.

“The Land That Time Forgot” Sept.-Oct.2002 at The Harlem Flophouse, Harlem NYC.

“Abstract Variations" Moore College of Art, Philadelphia,PA, Sept. 1999; curated by Artist David Reed and Head Curator Lisa Milandri.

“Artists’ Selections II”, a 2 part exhibition representing Latin American and Caribbean Heritages, Feb. 1998

“New American Talent; The Thirteenth Exhibition”, 1997, also chosen for the 2 year traveling juried exhibition (1997-1999). Curated by Robert Storr, Dept. of Contemporary Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, New York.

”MUJERES de Pelo en Pecho", Northwestern Univ. Settlement House, Chicago, 1995

“Faculty and Staff Show”, Columbia College, Chicago, Il., Spring 1995

“The Car Wash Show ", International Arts Center Workshop, Chicago, IL, 1994

Grants/Awards

Opportunity Fund Award;The City of Boston, November 20