Maria Gomez Umaña

As visual artist and graphic designer I combine life drawing, vectorial drawing, and laser cutting. My work integrates found objects, wooden cutouts, ceramics, transfers, encaustics and embroidery. I lived in China and Japan between 2017 and 2019 which was an eye opener, and it affects the way I live and the choices I make.

Selected Achievements

Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant, Where Is Your Heart? Blink Gallery 2016

Selected for Residency Art Place, Ottawa Arts East Art Council, 2015-16

British Council Scholarship for MFA at University of Northumberland, UK 1994-95

Scholarship for clay workshop with Cynthia Bringle, Haystack school of Crafts, ME, USA 1991

Developed formula for ‘Plastilla®’ self hardening clay, sales and distribution, an alternative to black-outs in the city of Bogota, Colombia 1989-99

Led ceramics publication ‘Natá’, the only magazine on clay work in Bogotá, Colombia 1989-93

Founded and participated in the ten women Artists Collective ‘Artifact’. Outlined organization’s purpose and internal organization, trained on how to facilitate meetings, drafted projects’ budgets and communication strategy. Received provincial grants to paint and document collective murals in Nicaragua and Montreal, 1985-87


MFA University of Northumberland, England, 1994-95

BFA Concordia University, Montreal, 1984-87


Art teacher at Ottawa School of Art, 2022

Educator at Ottawa Art Gallery, 2019-2022

Teacher at Ottawa Montessori School, 2019-20

Teacher at Tokyo Montessori School, 2018-19

Teacher at Shanghai Montessori School, 2017-18

Volunteer with Arts Ottawa East, 2016-17

Gallery Assistant, Sivarulrasa Gallery, Almonte ON, 2016

Art Place residency program by Arts Ottawa East Art Council, 2015-16

Sales representative at The General Fine Craft and Design Gallery, 2015

CNCAC Operations Representative, 2011-14

Teacher at Algonquin College, Ottawa, 2009-12

Elementary teacher at Bishop Hamilton Montessori School, 2003-12

Teacher at Universidad de Los Andes, Bogota 1999-03

Teacher at Universidad de la Sabana, 1998-00

Director of GAIA Art, Bogota, 1989-00

Board Member of Asociación Cultural R. Gómez Campuzano, 1990-92

Art teacher at Fundación Rafael Pombo, Bogota, 1983

Solo Shows

Remember Breathing, Carriageway Studio, 2017

Where Is Your Heart? Blink Gallery, 2016

There’s Room, Gallery 101, Ottawa, 2016

Veggies, Chinatown Remixed 2015

Heal, The General Fine Craft and Design Gallery, Almonte ON, 2015

Whispers, Blink Gallery, July 2014

Nutrición, Cooperartes, solo exhibit, Bogota, Colombia, 1989

This Is My Body, Centro Colombo Británico, solo exhibit, Bogota, Colombia, 1996

Ornas, Museo Ricardo Gomez Campuzano, solo exhibit Bogota, Colombia, 1991

The Individual and The Collective, Graduation Solo exhibit, VAV Gallery, Montreal, Canada 1987

Group Shows

Home, ByWard Market, 2022

Passion for Action, Shenkman Centre, 2022

Mosaic, Shenkman Centre, 2021

Poop Meets Soap, Culture Days, Nectar Community Centre, 2019

Artifact Archives, Blink Gallery, 2016

Selections, Shenkman Arts Centre, 2013

Nepean Visual Arts Centre, OMMA exhibition, 2013

Text Me, General Fine Craft, Almonte 2013

Chinatown Remixed, 2010 and 2011

Belonging Patrick John Mills Contemporary Art Gallery, Ottawa 2010

Belonging Shenkman Art Centre, Ottawa 2010

Art in The Park, Ottawa, 2003

International Youth Conference (IBBY) Cartagena, Colombia 2002

Graduation Exhibition, MFA students, University of Northumbria, UK, 1995

From The Mind to The Hand, Colombian Centre, NY USA, 1993,

De la Mano a la Mesa, Museo de Artes y Tradiciones, Bogota, Colombia, 1990

Art of Prepared Table, Museum of Modern Art, Medellin, Colombia, 1989

Muestra Joven, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Bogota, Colombia 1988

Miniatures, Galeria San Diego, Bogota, 1982

my artistic path