Maria Ruggiano-Alekseev

Maria is a printmaker and mixed media fine artist raised in Queens NY, currently living in Staten Island. She received her BFA degree in Printmaking from Pratt Institute. She also holds degrees in Photography and Advertising Design from F.I.T., and has trained at The Cooper Union, The New School, and the Lower East Side Printshop. Currently a teaching artist, Maria has shown her work on Staten Island and throughout NYC since 2001, in both solo and group shows. Before teaching, Maria worked as a graphic designer and gallery/curatorial assistant, at a variety of creative firms and art spaces.

Specializing in printmaking, Maria’s artistic background includes a broad spectrum of fine art materials and techniques, which naturally inspires her students’ creativity. Her work goes beyond the common print and she uses the scope of new tools, techniques, and diverse materials to push both her students’ work and her own work forward.