Maite Benito Agahnia’s parents always encouraged her to think broadly, to create, and to develop her artistic talents. Maite has spent her life as a citizen of the world. As a child she lived in Spain, Canada and Mexico until her high school years when the family moved from her native Mexico to live in the United States.
The ability to shift gears into different languages and cultures has served Maite well. She divides her artistic expression equally fluently, moving between ways of seeing the world around her, as well as between different mediums: print-making, painting, photography, collage, and encaustic. Most recently, she has developed bodies of work using hybrid combinations of her favorite media. She is currently using mixtures of encaustic and photography, collage and painting, and monotypes and painting.
Maite earned a BA in Art from San Diego State University, and then went on to establish and run her own graphic design firm for 10 years, while simultaneously pursuing her passion for painting. She has always enjoyed the contrast between the freedom of abstract painting against the order and constraints of design. This juxtaposition pushes her to explore the relationship between the two, using them to complement each other and experiment with design elements in her abstract work.
She currently lives with her husband and 2 sons in Southern California.
In the last 12 months, Maite’s work has appeared in solo and juried group shows in Mexico, Pennsylvania, and around San Diego County:
UnFramed : a group show with Athenaeum School of the Arts; November, 2009
Seacrest Village Gallery : solo show, Encinitas California; November, 2009
Temptation6 : (an Art6 group show) at India Street Gallery; February, 2010
Three Ravens Gallery : (Pennsylvania); group show, March 2010
ArtWalk : San Diego’s oldest and largest juried art fair; April, 2010
San Diego Art Institute Annual Regional Juried Show : April 2010
San Diego Art Institute Juried Show(s) : appeared in 6 monthly shows, 2010
Athenaum XIX Annual Juried Exhibition : June, 2010
Arte Contemporáneo (Monterrey, Mexico) : Group show, August 2010
Pigment : works on paper, November 2010
Maite graduated from San Diego State University with a BA, emphasis in Graphic Design. She ran her own graphic design firm for 11 years, and has continuously studied with her mentor, Reed Cardwell, and with other prominent artists in San Diego at The Art Academy, The Atheneum School of the Arts, and The Fallbrook School of the Arts.