Gallery Dialogues: Maia Cruz Palileo

Join Maia Cruz Palileo in a walkthrough of her exhibition, Meandering Curves of a Creek, which continues the artist’s ongoing exploration of her personal identity, cultural heritage, and feelings of multiplicity as a Filipino-American. Palileo will share her artistic process and the historical and family narratives that inspired the paintings and drawings on view.

Participants will also have the chance to create and taste Halo-Halo, a popular Filipino dessert consisting of shaved ice, evaporated milk, sweet beans, fruit jellies, and ice cream.

Maia Cruz Palileo is a multi-disciplinary, Brooklyn-based artist. Migration and the permeable concept of home are constant themes in her paintings, installations, sculptures, and drawings. Influenced by the oral history of her family’s arrival in United States from the Philippines, as well as the history between the two countries, Palileo infuses these narratives using both memory and imagination. When stories and memories are subjected to time and constant retelling, the narratives become questionable, bordering the line between fact and fiction, while remaining cloaked in the convincingly familiar.

Palileo is a recipient of the Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Program Grant, Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant, NYFA Painting Fellowship, Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Award and the Astraea Visual Arts Fund Award. She received an MFA in sculpture from Brooklyn College, City University of New York and BA in Studio Art at Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts. Palileo has participated in residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine, Lower East Side Print Shop, New York, Millay Colony, New York and the Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans.