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Maria Alquilar is a Brooklyn, NY-based American ceramic artist, born on May 25, 1938.


Alquilar, Maria was born on May 25, 1938 in Brooklyn. Daughter of Samuel and Bessie (Aronson) Alquilar.


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.


  • Other Work

    • Exhibitions include Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, 1982, Downey (California) Museum, 1982, 83, 87, Las Vegas Museum, 1984, 85, Monterey (California) Peninsula Museum Art, 1987, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1994, Art Museum Santa Cruz County, California, 1994, World's Women on Line, Beijing, 1995, National Museum Women in the Arts, Washington, 1995, Jhn Pence Gallery, San Francisco, 1998, Museo Civico, Padua, Italy, 2001, 02, Civi Library., Livermore, California, 2001-2002, others. Represented in collections at National Museum of America Art, National Gallery Art, Washington, Chase Manhattan Bank, New York City, San Francisco Arts Commn,, Kohler (Wisconsin) Company, Downey Museum, World Bank, Washington, Museo Civico, Padua, Dante Museum, Bavenna, Italy, McDonalds Corporation Headquarters, Chicago, Illinois.


Married Frank Taffet, June 1959 (deceased November 1973). Children: Gilda, Francine, Paul.

Samuel Alquilar

Bessie (Aronson) Alquilar

Frank Taffet

Gilda Alquilar

Francine Alquilar

Paul Alquilar