Alquilar Maria is a Brooklyn,
NY-based American artist, born on May 25, 1938.
Her imagery combines iconography of
primitive cultures to depict the paths to
enlightenment. Like many primitive, outsider
painters, Alquilar began her work after the
sudden death of her husband that resulted in
the fracture of a strong family structure.
In 2004, she was commissioned by Livermore, California to create a mural
for the city's new public library. When the $40,000 mural was unveiled
in October 2004, the names of prominent intellectuals, such as Albert
Einstein, were misspelled. She initially refused to fix the mural,
citing artistic license. However, she quietly returned to correct the
misspellings the following summer, working under the hot California sun
for three days. The city paid her an extra $6000, plus travel expenses.
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