Maria Peñil is a mixed media artist born in Santander, Spain. She grew up in a small fishing village called San Vicente de la Barquera, surrounded by sea, rivers, mountains and spectacular landscapes.
Most of Maria's family are traditionally fishermen, which is why she is so connected to the sea world and it's presence is shown in most of her pieces. Her parents, Teyo and Mary, often took her and her siblings for long walks in nature to make them comprehend and admire the cycle of life and the display of beauty that it provides. It's important to Maria to have a strong sense of nature, life and the processes that are carried with it.
In 2001, Penil moved to Aranjuez, Madrid to study Fine Arts a the University Complutense of Madrid, where she received positive feedback and support from her teachers and classmates. This gave her a better knowledge about art and life. After falling in love with her now husband and extraordinary musician, Benny Benson, she left her native country to move to Beverly, Massachusetts where she is now finding a new path.
Encompassing sculpture, engraving and photo, Maria Peñil's work retains a relationship to the organic through shape, texture and nature. She explores the concept of never-ending activity of life while in its continuous transformation. Her work is an investigation of metamorphosis, evolution, the idea of latency and immediate changes.
In her pieces, the visible clashes with art and nature, and oscillates between process and object, between internal and external. It's a formal investigation towards organic shapes. Maria mainly works with natural mediums, like hemp, bees wax, wood, branches, thread and fabrics. Based on this, she elaborates on hand-made pieces involving irregular shapes which the material that she used, produced. Maria creates interior worlds based on those organic shapes growing and developing. Her inspiration is the natural world as a living, self-regulation system, where everything participates of in everything and the mystery behind all this life; sea, earth, animals, fossils, shells, vegetation, minerals, nests, biology, textures, shapes, process.
Nature is her passion and the abstraction becomes her way of seeing the world, and interpreting it. She approaches natures art through her own style of abstract. Her work is an essential process connected to the transformation where thoughts and life converge.