Maia Cruz Palileo

  • Maia Cruz Palileo, Afterward, 2019. From Young-Abraham Collection.
  • Maia Cruz Palileo, Passing Clouds, 2019. Private Collection, Chicago.

Cheryl Sim on Afterward and Passing Clouds



Maia Cruz Palileo is a multi-disciplinary artist of Filipino heritage born in Chicago and based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work is inspired by the oral history of her family’s arrival in the United States, as well as the colonial relationship between the two countries. These two works, Afterward and Passing Clouds emerged through research on an archive of photos commissioned by the US government to document the imperialist project of William McKinley’s quote unquote “Benevolent Assimilation” and Rudyard Kipling’s quote unquote “White Man’s Burden”. In these portraits, Palileo frameworks her subjects as makers who return the gaze and re-assert their agency. As she explains, “I was drawn to the people in the pictures and felt the impulse to remove them from this historical framework.”

About Maia Cruz Palileo

Maia Cruz Palileo (b.1979, Chicago) has had solo exhibitions at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, (2019); Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago (2019); Pioneer Works, Brooklyn (2018); Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York (2017); and Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space, curated by Jodran Buschur, New York (2015). Her work has been included in exhibitions at Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco (2019); Perrotin, New York (2019); The Rubin Museum of Art, New York (2018); St. Joseph’s College Gallery, Brooklyn (2017); Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn (2016); and the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx (2011). Palileo is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant, Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Program Grant, Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant, NYFA Painting Fellowship, Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Award, and the Astraea Visual Arts Fund Award. She received an MFA in sculpture from Brooklyn College, City University of New York and a BA in Studio Art at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley. Maia has participated in residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Madison; Lower East Side Print Shop, New York; Millay Colony, New York; and the Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans.

Interview with Maia Cruz Palileo


Video Resources:

Panel Discussion with RELATIONS Artists 1/4 – PHI Foundation

In The Making | Maia Cruz Palileo: Becoming the Moon