Maria Pavledis

Her work in community literacy has ensured that there is usually a strong story running through her drawn images... even if the viewer is not fully aware of what that narrative is.

Born in East London, she grew up mainly in Romford, Essex. At 16 she went East Ham Tech, from where Maria Pavledis went on to get her first degree at Norwich School of Art (Norwich University of the Arts), where she originally studied Fine Art painting.
Maria stopped making art for a while, after graduating and worked on a variety of youth and community projects, and trained to become a Hospital Play Specialist. Later she became involved in community literacy work, and now she works part-time as a Community Librarian in Norfolk, specialising in literacy and organising events.
She started printmaking in the 1990’s, and became part of the Norwich-based printmaking collective Print To The People. They are a community print workshop resource for artists. They run courses and other printmaking activities, exhibitions and events.
In 2012 she decided to take her interest in print further and went on to gain her MA in Printmaking at Camberwell College of Art (University of the Arts London). She has been raising her family and making her beautiful drawings and prints ever since.