Global Filipina multidisciplinary artist Maria Pureza Escaño is a painter (multi-media), sculptor, writer, inspirational speaker and lecturer from Sariaya,Quezon. Her early works are characterized by impressionist influences which were ranked at par with the great American Impressionists (Designtaxi, January 28, 2009). Her growing reputation in the global art scene as a notable figurative and avant-garde artist followed after the phenomenal success of her two shows at New York’s Ico Gallery (curated by Skylor Brummans) in March and May 2009. These were followed by numerous invitations to exhibit from galleries here in the country and in the art capitals of the world.
Maria Pureza Escano has exhibited with international greats Blake Ward, Jon Boe Paulsen, Ned Martin, Kaiser Kamal, Davor Vulovic, Ted Barr and Keith Morant among others. Maria Pureza Escano possesses a degree in English Literature from the Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation. She worked as a freelance writer and creative consultant for various magazines and organizations and became creative director of a design firm in Makati City. Escaño’s well-received figurative art are characterized by soulful and light-hearted subjects and scenes which are reminiscent of her traditional and impressionist exposure while, her surreal art features evocative dreamscapes in vibrant patches of colors in either languid almost sinuous brushstrokes or in amorphous, stained-glass-looking shapes – a style uniquely her own yet universal in appeal. Maria Pureza Escano is also a writer. She is a published poet and short story writer. She also writes feature stories on art and culture at Manila Bulletin’s Sense & Style magazine.