Maria Kompare


Maria Kompare

Living first in Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation, and then in Farmington, New Mexico, in the area known as The Four Corners, opened up the world for me, at least a world new to me. I became interested in art because it was all around, first in Native culture, and then in the vibes of New Mexico. Scenery is  spectacular and  varied, mountains to deserts. The Southwest seems to breathe Art. It’s in the air. 
I have taken art classes at Northern Arizona University, and at San Juan College. I have taken seminars at Ghost Ranch, in Abiquiu, New Mexico and have participated in workshops  given locally by various nationally known artists in numerous disciplines. My studio is  one of fourteen studios in one building, so there is a good deal of cross-pollination going on there. 
I have served on the board of Northwest New Mexico Arts Council and the Fine Arts Committee of San Juan College. I have received an appointment to the New Mexico Arts Commission. 
My art  has been juried into shows by the National Collage Society, the National Association of Women Artists, WomanMade Gallery in Chicago, and in exhibits in Tucson, AZ, Durango and Ouray, CO, Farmington, NM, Winchester, VA and The Sienna Art Institute in Sienna, Italy. Several pieces of my work are in the permanent collection of San Juan College. 
I am a mixed media artist. I work primarily in collage, but also create art in abstract acrylic painting and photography. Working in abstraction enables me to look closely and see into what is there and not only what appears to be there. I enjoy the free-flow of creating pieces and don’t usually plan a work in advance. I don’t wish to be Pygmalion, controlling what I create. I desire  the viewers to bring their own experiences and feelings to my work and to interact with it. 
I have a husband, four children and nine grandchildren. Life is good.


I am a mixed-media artist working primarily in collage, though I also do some work in acrylic painting. My pieces are usually abstract; my voice does not dictate what the piece  "means". Dialogue between the art and the viewer thus creates an interaction that I seek and appreciate. I want the viewer to bring their own thoughts, feelings, experiences, etc. to the art work. I want them to participate in the process and partner with me. I feel that art that ends with the artist is not viable. It needs to communicate to truly live.

Artifacts Gallery
302 E. Main
Farmington, NM 87401