Maria Sarmiento is a passionate, versatile, and highly motivated artist and educator with extensive experience teaching sculpture in Fine Arts and Art Foundations in design universities. A native of Colombia and resident of Atlanta, Georgia, Maria’s work is inspired by nature and ancient cultures (pre-historic and pre-Colombian), and evokes spirituality as well as a sense of transcendence.
Maria describes her work as a medium to express inner spiritual growth. She connects with common symbols of cultures and explores emerging forms in diverse materials, and transforms traditional symbols into her own. Her sculptural art includes different methods such as cast metals, cement, steel, paper, and recycled materials. Maria’s background includes broad knowledge and expertise in artistic glass, from stained, to cast and fused.
Recognized as a passionate educator, lifelong advocate of continued learning and advancement, and prolific, creative artist, Maria’s expertise in multiple media includes Drawing, 2-D Design, 3-D Design, Color Theory, Digital Color Theory, Sculpture, Foundry and Advanced Sculpture. She has the ability to reach learners at all levels and ignite a thirst for learning within them to the maximum extent possible. Maria’s current and past teaching assignments include Kennesaw State University, Georgia State University, The Art Institute of Atlanta, Metro Academic Studies, and Sarmineto Studio LLC.
Maria received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia and her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Universidad de Bogota Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogota, Colombia. She is a member of the International Sculpture Center (ISC) and leadership appointments include Board of Directors and Chair of the Recognition and Social Media Committee for Mid-South Sculpture Alliance (MSA) and Co-Chair of the Mid-South Sculpture Conference.
Artist Website www.sarmientostudio.com
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