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 while using their cell phones and to explore cell phone addiction in adolescent and adults. She also enjoys painting portraits and people in everyday settings. Her paintings have appeared in National exhibitions and juried competitions including the Long Island Museum, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Salmagundi Club, and Museum of American Illustration winning the Richard Amsel Memorial award and a grant from The Elizabeth T. Greenshields Foundation. She continues to explore social media while investigating genre situations associated with this theme.