About the Artist

Maria Greenshields-Ziman is a multidisciplinary artist whose work focuses on the exploration of organic systems and human intervention with an emphasis on environmental awareness and conservation. She invites a closer look at the world, introducing the notion of layers of perception waiting to be explored. For this reason, she does not limit herself to any particular medium but engages in public art, drawing, painting, sculpture, and installation.

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Born in Devonshire, England, Maria completed a Foundation Course at Exeter College of Art and a BA in Sculpture at Wimbledon School of Art, London. She has exhibited in South Africa at the Everard Read Gallery, in the UK at the Glasgow Print Studio, the Royal Society of Wildlife Artists, John Thompson Gallery and Wimbourne Sculpture Park, the US with Milken Centre, Los Angeles, and Santa Monica Museum of Art.

2019 | Forest Bathing, The Loft at Liz’s West Hollywood, California
Guest Live Painter and Participant Venice Art Walk and Auction Venice, California

2018 | Barns, Wallflower Restaurant Venice, California
Hidden Rooms, The Rendon Hotel Los Angeles, California
Incognito, ICA LA Los Angeles, CA
Venice Art Walk and Auction Venice, California

2017 | Trees, F&M Gallery West Hollywood, California
Venice Art Walk and Auction, Venice, California

2016 | Fictional Homes, 234 Grand Blvd, Venice, California
Venice Art Walk and Auction, Venice, California

2015 | Venice Art Walk and Auction, Venice, California

2014 | Roots, Linus Gallery, Pasadena, California

2013 | Artblock Venice, Venice, California, USA
Venice Art Auction, Venice, California, USA
Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, California, USA

2012 | Venice Art Walk and Auction, Venice, California, USA
Solo Show, Red Fort Gallery, Venice, California, USA
Group Show, Liz’s Hardware, West Hollywood, California, USA
Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, California, USA

2011 | Group Show, Grand View Studios, Culver City, California, USA
Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, California, USA

2010 | Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, California, USA

2009 | Identity (3b+1), Pacific Palisades, California, USA

2007 | East Meets West, Finegood Art Gallery, Milken Centre, West Hills, California, USA

1997 | Wimbourne Sculpture Park, Wimbourne, Dorset, England

1996 | One Second – One Minute, South Bank, London, England

1995 | John Thompson Gallery, Mayfair, London, England

1993 | Wildlife in Africa, Everade Read Gallery, Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa

1992 | Art in the Garden, Yeovil Arts Centre, Yeovil, Somerset, England

1991 | Peter Hedley Gallery, Wareham, Dorset, England

1990 | Animals by British Sculptors, Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow, Scotland
Gill Drey Gallery, Chelsea, London, England

1989 | Crucial Gallery, Nottinghill, London, England
Stephen Bartley Gallery, Chelsea, London, England
Art in the Family, Yeovil Arts Centre, Yeovil, Somerset, England

1988 | Henley Arts Festival, Henley on Thames, Surrey, England
Gill Drey Gallery, Chelsea, London, England

1987 | Royal Society of Wildlife Artists, The Mall Gallery, Westminster, London, England
Golden Square, Soho, London

Collections & Commissions

Anglo Vaal Mining, Gauteng, South Africa
Mr Eric Fellner, Working Title Films, London
London Interiors, Chelsea, London
Sir John Keeling, British Sky Broadcasting, London
Stirling PR, Chelsea, London
Design of Agricultural Award, Reed Publishing Group, Surrey, England
Mr Alan, Ari Lazar, Santa Monica, California

Press & Publications

The Daily Telegraph
The Evening Standard
Chelsea News
South London Press
Henley News
Farmers Weekly
Observer Magazine
Spectator
1988 April BBC Television, Daytime Live

About the work

I am fascinated by the complexity of natural pattern and the transformative effect of sunlight upon contour. The latticework of a tree’s branches in silhouette or the play of cloud shadow over the roll of a hill are the kind of images that inspire me.

Trees and forests, along with accompanying flora, are a key motif and a prevalent theme in my work. Ever since my childhood in rural England, I have observed how the tree’s modulating shape is the principle player in forming the character and ambiance of landscape. No matter how massive, a tree is still sadly fragile and cruelly vulnerable to the forces of change. We are made increasingly aware of the indispensability of forests in maintaining the health of our planet. I observe how the bark, or skin of a tree, complete with the textural imperfections wrought by age and decay bear testimony to the health of the whole.

My work is heavily process driven, strictly non-purist in approach, and much of the time experimental in terms of the combination of materials used. It is not easy to define or categorize. Each piece is both a journey and an exploration. Maybe due to the fact that I trained as a sculptor rather than a painter I am constantly searching for the means to depict three dimensionality, perspective and the play of light, onto what is essentially a flat surface.  For this reason the product often becomes multilayered and textural.