Maria Cristina Jesus de Santana

b 1965 Brazil. Raised in Ribeira do Pombal, Brasil. Lives and works in Düsseldorf Germany.


After leaving home at the age of sixteen I struggled with compounded survival issues including not only where to physically go, but also whom to trust and just exactly how to embark on this life I’d chosen. I was on a path to freedom with neither compass nor map. Art provided me with direction and purpose as a means of expression that continues to fulfil and guide me to this day, allowing me to work on several bodies of work.

As a self-taught artist since 1998, I have worked intensively and rigorously to craft my skill and search for beauty amidst materials that have been cast aside. I simultaneously examine my life experiences, my immediate and global environment, as well as topical issues addressing our society as a whole. This is a physically engaging organic process of creating and an opportunity to present myself with something paradoxically strange and familiar without restriction. My work allows me to view my environment where we struggle for Power, Greed, Territory, Love, Respect, Religion and Freedom.

The “Lords Of War” series resonates spiritually with current struggles of freedom and corporate slavery. The series is a reflection of the real world we live in, our society and our daily struggles for surviving in an almost collapsed environment. We are Lords of War fighting in this everyday battle called life.

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  • Group Exhibitions
  • 2017 DIE GROSSE Kunstausstellung NRW Düsseldorf 2017 Kunstpalast
  • 2016 - The International Art Project Cap d'Ail, France
  • 2016 – Regiment Armory. New York
  • 2016 - The Vision Art Project Hamburg, Germany
  • 2015 Group Show Women as Witness New York, NY
  • 2015 Artist Residence Romania Art Foundation, Romania
  • 2014 Deutsche Bank, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 2014 Between Worlds, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 2013 Lords of War video show Dr.Thompson´s Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 2012 K4 Kulturbüro Kiefernstrasse, Düsseldorf.
  • 2011 Presentation of Project City of Dreams Haniel Park Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 2010 The Can Factory - Art Project with Knut Kargel.
  • Solo Exhibitions
  • 2005 Show Mundo Morbido Renaissance Hotel Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 2005 Spiegel der Seele in Johanneskirche, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 2004 Visions Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf Germany
  • Other
  • teNeues Space PrixPictet, 2015 Artist Residence Romania Art Foundation, Romania

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