Maria Pabico LaRotonda
Maria Pabico LaRotonda was six years old when she won a contest to have her artwork shown at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC. It was that experience, Maria says, that shaped her destiny to become a visual communicator.
Maria Pabico LaRotonda is a graphic designer and a digital media artist. Coming from a fine art background with a graphic design concentration, she uses the computer and graphic software to create her digital paintings. Each work is created in Photoshop as a multi-layered – sometimes 100 layers deep – digital collage with figures and objects Pabico LaRotonda has photographed, or vintage images she has collected over the years.
Creating these otherworldly compositions using children as her subjects, Maria shows a contradiction with her images; they recall the innocence we had as children to intensify the uneasiness in her work. It also minimizes the danger of the situations in which her figures are placed, since the peril they face has a fairy-tale quality to them.
Maria holds a BFA in Graphic Design Communication, and her work has been shown at galleries throughout WNY — 464 Gallery, Studio Hart, The Burchfield Penney, Western New York Book Arts Center, 1045 Elmwood Gallery for the Arts, Benjaman Gallery, Andrew L. Bouwhuis Gallery, The Goldman/Greenfield Art Gallery and The Paul William Beltz Art Gallery — as well as the LACDA Gallery in Los Angeles, CA.
When not creating artwork, Pabico LaRotonda works full-time as a graphic / web designer at her company, Robot Kitten Designs. She is in her seventeenth year as an adjunct professor and teaches at three local colleges in the fine art studio and graphic / web design departments. Maria shares her creative space with her husband – internationally known fine artist Craig LaRotonda – their German Shepherd (India), and their two cats (Ginger and Sebastian).