Printmaker | Art Book Maker | Teacher
Maritza was invited to attend the acclaimed Studios ACE in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in June and July, 2018. She had previously done a residency there in 2011 and the works were part of her sabbatical exhibition later that year. The 2018 production residency allowed her to further explore elements of ancestry and heritage, a recurring theme in her work. The triptych above was created during that residency. From left: "España," "Taino," "Africa." All are collagraph silk aquatint.
In 2009, Maritza Davila was interviewed by Live From Memphis for ArtsMemphis TV. Here, the artist and professor at Memphis College of Art discusses her lifelong devotion to teaching and the process she uses to create artworks. Born in Puerto Rico, Maritza has been doing printmaking, making art books and exhibiting around the world since the 1970s.
I'm passionate about teaching. I teach, and what I learn from the students ends up in my work.
On collaboration, 2016: Maritza Davila, Professor of Printmaking at Memphis College of Art brings passion to her program and talks about the energetic collaborative process at MCA.
I'm looking for them to be hungry for knowledge.
“Mi Sur/My South: A Survey of Latina/o Artists Working in Memphis" attempts to show a cross section of contemporary Latina/o artists creating artwork in the Memphis area. Mi Sur/My South is concerned with amplifying the artistic voices that have largely been ignored but are in fact and deed contributing to the changing demographic and cultural dynamic disrupting the once binary racial understanding of the South.
What this exhibition has in common is the Latin American Hispanic experience.