Maria Torffield is a sculptor, painter and stage designer.
She was born and raised in East Germany and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden.
Her work is emotionally stirring and inspired by feminism.
She uses sculpture and painting in a dramatic way to create powerful evidence of women's suffering, as seen in Final Cut, an installation about Female Genital Mutilation.
All kinds of materials fascinate her from found objects to clay and bronze, depending on the project.
She often expresses her ideas realistically, but the abstract considerations of three-dimensional sculpture are also part of her training and continuing exploration. Her work has been shown in different cities in the United States and in Europe and can be found in private collections.
She has produced public art projects for the Black Bear Film Festival 2000 and 2001 in Milford, Pennsylvania.
- Sculpture Center New York, Welding, Bronze Casting with Robert Michael Smith, 1994-96
- Fabrizio Art School, New York, Stone Carving, 1993
- Parsons School of Design, New York, Clay Figure with Paul Lucchesi, 1992- 93
- Academy of Fine Arts, Dresden, East Germany, Prof. Guenter Hornig 1981-83,85-86
Solo and Group Exhibitions
- Art Frenzy, open studio exhibit, New York,NY, 2001
- Bear Sculpture Project for BBFF Milford, PA, 2001
- Ceres Gallery, New York, 2001
- Bear Sculpture Project for BBFF Milford, PA, 2000
- Ceres Gallery, New York, NY, 2000
- City Museum, St. Louis, MO, 2000
- Ceres Gallery, New York, NY, 1999
- Kingsbough Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 1999
- Ceres Gallery, New York, NY, 1998
- MSU Art Gallery , Montclair, NJ, 1997
- Sculpture Center, New York, NY, 1994-96
- Academy of Fine Arts, Dresden, East Germany, 1981-86
- Neue Kunst Gallery Erfurt, East Germany, 1979