Maria Penn

Maria Penn

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Maria Penn Discography

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Siouxsie And The Banshees* Siouxsie And The Banshees* - Hyaena (Album) Wonderland (3), Polydor Brazil 1984 Sell This Version

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River_Man

River_Man

March 17, 2016
Maria Penn is a Native American painter and artist. At the tender age of 6, from a booklet of Paul Gauguin’s artwork, Maria became fascinated by his colors and contrasts. From that time on, all of Maria’s ‘pocket money’ would be spent on art supplies as she devoted herself to drawing.
After her formative years in Portland, Oregon, she moved to New York City in the early 1960’s and became passionately involved in the civil rights movement of the time. Maria was constantly painting and drawing and at 21years old, had her first solo show. Maria’s early canvases were of nudes and lovers, influenced by Impressionism.
Maria Penn married Lionel Stander, a famous character actor, a victim of the infamous ‘Hollywood Blacklist’. They traveled extensively throughout Europe, where they had a daughter, Ava. They settled in Paris for a while, befriending many artists and musicians. While there, jazz great Duke Ellington commissioned Maria to paint his portrait. Maria moved with her family to London, England when Lionel was called to work there.
After reading an article about an artist colony on the Island of Rhodes, which centered around the Cubist painter Willy Hempel, Maria moved to Greece to study with him and he later became her second husband. Under his tutelage, she discovered the masters of Cubism and a lifelong affinity for Aztec, Mayan and Native American Symbolism. While in Greece, Maria had a period of painting on glass and had many exhibitions in Europe,
especially Germany.
Through her daughter’s connections, Maria was commissioned to create the album cover artwork (front and back) for the album ‘Hyaena’ by the band, Siouxsie and The Banshees.
In the late 1980’s Maria moved to The Osage Reservation in Oklahoma. While there she temporarily abandoned painting in favor of black and white ink drawings. Close to twenty years as a semi-recluse she became re-acquainted with her daughter who brought Maria to live with her, in Los Angeles, where she currently resides and paints.
Taken from: https://www.facebook.com/events/946115785454951/