Sofia Maldonado is a artist and muralist who uses color abstractions as a signifier of decay rather than a beautifying agent. Her studio work is nurtured by her colorful and bold public art projects. Maldonado’s site-specific paintings focus on neglected buildings and abandoned spaces. To create her massive compositions, she uses a sprayer machine which allows her to imprint gigantic marks on the surfaces.
In 2015, she created Kalaña, a site-specific project in an old tobacco factory where walls, ceiling and floor were painted and, in this way, converting the abandoned space into an ephemeral creative hub for community workshops and musical performances. Photo documentation of this project was exhibited at the Whitney Museum Biennial, as part of the “Debfair” by Occupy Museums (2017).