María de Mater O'Neill

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María de Mater O'Neill (born 1960, San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican artist, lithographer, and educator.


María de Mater O'Neill (Mari Mater O'Neill) was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1960. She received her B.F.A. from Cooper Union, NYC in 1984.

She obtained the Second Honorable Mention for the paintings «Balcón» and «Patio» in the 34ème International of the Peinture, celebrated in the Chateau-Musee of the Cagnes-sur-Mer, Côte d'Azur, France (2002). In addition she has been awarded for the lithography «Clasifícame ésta», Prize, XIII Bienal de San Juan del Grabado Latinoamericano y del Caribe (2001) of the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña; the Association of Artists UNESCO (1999); and First Prize, III Bienal Internacional de Cuenca, Ecuador (1991), for the painting «Donde moran los terribles».

She has participated in numerous exhibitions among them: ¡Impresionante!: Innovative Prints by Contemporary Puerto Rican Artists , curators Harper Montgomery and Deborah Cullen, International Print Center, NYC, New York, 2004; Only Skin Deep, curator Coco Fusco, Online Exhibition, International Center of Photography, NYC, New York, 2003–04; De Lo Que Soy/Of What I Am (an exhibition of self-portraits by women from Latin America and the Caribbean, February 7 through May 12, 2003), Lehman College Art Gallery, NYC; Interrogating Diversity, Betty Rymer Gallery, School of the Institute of Art of Chicago, Chicago (2002); Flight of the Falcon, Girifalco Fortress, Cortona, Italy (2001); El arte en Puerto Rico a través del tiempo, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (2001); Latin Caribbean, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, MOOLA, Los Angeles, CA (2000); The Richness of Diversity Contemporary Puerto Rican and Mexican Artists, Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (1997); Caribbean Visions: Contemporary Painting and Sculpture, traveling exhibition, Center for Fine Arts, Miami (1995 a 1996); Latin American Women Artists 1915-1995, Milwaukee Art Museum, traveling exhibition, Phoenix Art Museum, The Denver Art Museum, The National Museum of Women in the Arts (1995–96); and, Otro País; escalas africanas, organized by the editor Simmon Njami of the Parisian magazine Revue Noire, traveling exhibition, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Mallorca, Spain (1994).

At the beginning of 1999, she was invited by the Center of Innovative Printmaking and Papermaking, Rutgers University, New Jersey to give lectures and to create the lithography «Clasifícame ésta» as a resident artist. With this work she becomes part of the delegation from Puerto Rico sent to the exhibition Argentina Contemporary Lithography, 1999: 4th Edition in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In 2000 her work was discussed in the book: "Images of Ambiente: Homotextuality and Latin American Art 1810-today" by Rudi C. Bleys (Continuum Press, London) and a profile was written by Luisita Lopez Torregrosa in the The New York Times, Arts and Leisure section ("Puerto Rican Art Moves Outward, and More Inward", March 11, 2001).

In 2007, a major retrospective exhibition María de Mater O’Neill: Artista Interrumpida, curated by Dr. Elaine King, opened at the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico Artista interrumpida: selección de obras de María de Mater O’Neill. Del Post al Después (1986–2006).

In 2007, O'Neill began "Painting for a Specific Floor", a collaborative project with architect Andres Mignucci. O'Neill and Mignucci were invited as artist-in-residence at Casa Poli in Concepción, Chile where they premiered the piece in November 2008.

Maria de Mater O'Neill is an Auxiliary Professor at the Department of Imagen y Diseño. She was one of the founders of the Centro de Diseño at the Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico.


  • Chase Manhattan Bank, Soho, New York
  • Compañía de Turismo de Puerto Rico, San Juan
  • Cooperativa de Seguros Múltiples, Puerto Rico
  • Doral Bank, Puerto Nuevo, Puerto Rico
  • Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, Col. Bienal de San Juan
  • International Museum of Women, San Francisco
  • Lehigh University Art Galleries, Bethlehem, PA
  • Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte de la Universidad de Puerto Rico
  • Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico
  • Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Panamá, Panamá
  • Museo de Arte Moderno, Cuenca, Ecuador
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Museo del Barrio, Nueva York
  • National Design Museum, Nueva York
  • The Cooper Union School of Art, New York
  • RG Bank, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico

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