Born and raised in VT, Chinòn Maria attended the Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art in France, undergraduate programs through the Rhode Island School of Design and graduated with a BFA from Montana State University. She began her artist career on the walls of her home painting a mural that spanned her entire childhood. At 24 she retired from her professional career as an alpine ski racer and continued her passions as an artist. Her art is steeped in rich history and ancient world cultures, allowing a feminist narrative to weave into the stories to retell them through her lens. The abundant use of color and floral patterns is an ode to her Colombian heritage and the wonderful fabrics that adorned her families home.
A nostalgic fascination with previous eras and styles, such as the golden age of animation, with its bold, playful and definitive character can be seen throughout Chinòn’s work. Her lifelong advocacy work for child education, gender equality and immigrant rights are an essential pillar to her artistic mission. Her vibrant works abundant with positivity has resulted in reviews in the New York Times, Forbes, New York Magazine, HBO, Vice, NowThis, ABC, and NBC and has lead to partnerships with the United Nations, nationally recognized Non-Profits, and leading art industry publications and projects. Her work has been shown in galleries and walls throughout North/South America and Europe. She lives in NYC and VT with her husband Sebastian Mitre and they travel the globe giving lectures, workshops and uniting communities through public art.