Maria DeFelice is a multi-faceted muralist who aspires to bring art to all. Born and raised in Columbia, SC, Maria's artistic journey has taken her overseas, leaving an impactful mark where she goes.
Growing up in Columbia, Maria discovered her love for art at an early age. Though primarily self-taught, in 2010 Maria began experimenting with murals - starting in her own home, friends homes, local small businesses and beyond. Maria's artistic journey took an unexpected turn when she spent five transformative years living in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The Middle Eastern influence is evident in the fusion of colors, patterns, and themes that characterize her work. While living in UAE, Maria completed murals for many hotels, bars, restaurants, private schools, nature reserves, charities, private homes, and more. She published a coloring book “Color UAE”, exhibited with Abu Dhabi Art Hub, and painted a mural for the California Housing Authority in Sacramento, CA.
From the skyscrapers of Dubai to the historic streets of Charleston, Maria's murals show her ability to adapt her artistic vision to diverse environments. Aside from art, Maria enjoys baking, playing the piano, and exploring the outdoors with her family and sheepadoodle, Leo. As a mother of three, Maria has a special place in her heart for children and aims to bring artistic experiences to children who might otherwise not be able to visit a traditional art gallery or art museum. Every mural is an opportunity to tell a story, evoke emotions, and inspire those who encounter her work.