Maria Jimenez was born in New York City and is a contemporary representational artist. While working towards her undergraduate degree at the School of Visual Arts, she began working as a freelancer illustrating trade and mass-market paperback covers. After graduating, Maria studied in academic schools such as the New York Academy and National Academy and was awarded a residency at the Vermont Studio School. She currently divides her time between teaching high school and pursuing painting. Maria Jimenez’ objective in her work is to capture the essence of people in an arresting moment either by using their cell phones to explore cell phone addiction or painting portraits in genre settings. Her paintings have appeared in National exhibitions and juried competitions including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Salmagundi Club, Portrait Society of America, American Women Artists and winning a grant from The Elizabeth T. Greenshields Foundation.