Maria Alquilar Edit Profile
AB, Hunter College, 1959. Postgraduate, California State University, Sacramento, 1965.
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 two books and 11 prominent historical figures, 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. The city paid her an extra $6000, plus travel expenses.
Married Frank Taffet, June 1959 (deceased November 1973). Children: Gilda, Francine, Paul.
Honor award, 1990, Art in Architecture Port of Entry, San Luis, Arizona, San Jose International Airport, 1990, Arizona State University, Tempe, 1990, Redding (California) Museum Art and History Retrospective, 1992, Fairbairn Water Quality Laboratory, Sacto, California, 1993, International Banking Corporation (World Bank), Washington, 1996.