In 2009, UTS Gallery was the venue for a major survey of Maria Cruz’s work titled ‘Oo  Selected paintings and projects 1996 – 2009 ‘ The ‘Oo’ of the title the Tagalog word for yes, although as the possibilities and complexities of her multicultural dialogue unfold the feeling one gets when viewing her works is ‘yes, and…’

Working between Sydney, Manila, and Berlin, Maria Cruz has built a personal style that is at once poetic and deeply rooted in her own experience as an artist working in and between cultures.

‘Nothing in this World’ sits in a kind of in between space itself – the coin like spots that feature in many of Cruz’s paintings float across the canvas, broken by brilliant blue that speaks of landscape (sky or water) but remains elusively abstract.



Maria Cruz