Maria Madonna Davidoff
artist Maria Madonna Davidoff was born in the Philippines but has
lived and exhibited in Europe, Asia and the United States. She studied
printmaking and painting at The Art Students League of New York,
Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines in Manila, and traditional
batik painting in Bali, Indonesia. She is currently based in New
York and Singapore.
Her Selected group and solo exhibitions includes the FusionArts
Museum in New York city, Cedar Ridge Gallery in Toronto, Canada,
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum in Japan, GSIS Museum in Manila, The Museum
of the Americas in Florida, The Museum of Art and History, in Fribourg,
Switzerland, the New Delhi F.A.C Society Gallery in India, Visconti
Gallery in Paris, France, and the Mesnerhaus Gallery in Tirol, Austria.
The Swiss Consulate Cultural Section of New York, features Maria
Madonna Davidoff regularly in their Swiss Events Series and she
is also often listed with the Asian American Arts Alliance calendar
of events in New York City.
She was included in books entitled: Fragments of Young Swiss Art
published by UBS of Switzerland and also
Filipino-Americans in Our Midst published in the United States.
Her works were also presented during the symposium on The History
of Philippine-American Art at Montclair State University and was
a guest lecturer/visiting artist at the Quinnipiac University in
She was invited to participate and exhibit as guest artist in
Langenfeld, Austria for the Austrian International Art Symposium
called Between Worlds, Between Borders, 2005.
Maria Madonna Davidoff has been reviewed by a Washington Post art
critic who wrote, ”Of the thirty three works on view at the
Foundry Gallery, I liked Maria Madonna Davidoff’s mix-media
Aside from being a fine artist, she is also an award-winning book
cover illustrator and her artworks have been published in books,
magazines and major newspapers.
Her website is: www.madonnaart.com
Being a multi cultural artist who has lived and traveled
in 3 different continents in the world definitely affected my work.
Thus, my paintings and prints are based on personal as well as universal
icons. The word icon may mean an image, a representation, a simile
or symbol. Icons are very much a part of our present world. It has
been used since pre-historic time and we are still being influenced
In my latest mix media “Scroll” series, I try to develop
art that is both lyrical and portable, a reflection of the nomadic
nature of one who is constantly on the move. Recognizing this sense
of displacement, I never really belong anywhere, and so I try to
create my own cultural space wherever I find myself. It is a way
for me as an artist to make sense of things around me. Thus, creating
the scrolls make perfect sense since these banner-like images are
"transportable" just like myself. The scrolls can easily
be rolled up and carried around and like myself, could be reinvented,
able to adapt and survive. My motivation in creating works of art
stems from my enjoyment in expressing myself and exposure to different
cultures continues to inspire me in so many ways, I have acquired
a more global perspective on the symbols and images in art. I've
also come to realize that symbols and icons all over the world speak
of the universal themes of fear, joy, hope, pain, and celebration.
I believe that we are one collective eye sharing a single planet.