Born 1979, Chicago, IL                  

Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY   

Represented by Monique Meloche, Chicago



Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Madison, ME


MFA, Sculpture, Brooklyn College, City University of New York, Brooklyn, NY


BA, Studio Art, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA

Solo Exhibitions


The Answer Is The Waves Of The Sea, Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, IL

Long Kwento, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA (upcoming fall)


All The While I Thought You Had Received This, Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, IL

Maia Cruz Palileo, curated by Isabel Manalo, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, D.C. 


The Way Back, Taymour Grahne, London, UK 

Meandering Curves of a Creek, Pioneer Works, curated by Vivian Chui, Brooklyn, NY


Dear, dear, dear, Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York, NY


Guavas and Ferns, Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York, NY

Lost Looking, Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space, curated by Jordan Buschur, New York, NY


Lola’s House, Soapbox Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions


Contemporary Domesticity, Taymour Grahne Projects, London, UK


RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painting, PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montréal, Quebec

All of Them Witches, Jeffrey Deitch, Los Angeles, CA


Them, Perrotin, New York, NY

The Empathy Lab, Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Cultural Cousins, Chashama, New York, NY

I'm Made of Water, Rental Gallery, East Hampton, NY


Gold, Yutaka Kikutake Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Face of the Future, The Rubin Museum of Art, New York, NY

Junk Envy (Two-person show with Jordan Buschur), Skylab Gallery, Columbus, OH

Cast of Characters, Bureau of General Services Queer Division, New York, NY

Queering Space, Alfred University, Alfred, NY

USPS, Kakha Bendukidze University Campus, Tbilisi, Georgia


Found: Queer Archaeology; Queer Abstraction, The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, curated by Avram Finkelstein, New York, NY

The Alchemical Trace: Transformation and Resilience in Recent Work by LGBTQAI Artists,

curated by Ray Hernández-Durán, Sanitary Tortilla Factory, Albuquerque, NM

Life and Living, organized by Deli Gallery, Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, Kingston, NY

Crossing Borders and Globalization, New York Foundation for the Arts, McKinsey & Company, New York, NY

(De) Centered, curated by Janna Añonuevo Langholz and Isabel Manalo, WAS Gallery, Washington D.C.

Immigrant Artist Benefit, New York Foundation for the Arts, curated by Kate Bellin, Brooklyn, NY

Voyager, St. Joseph’s College Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Melted City 4, Blanc Gallery, Quezon City, Philippines & ISB Gallery, RISD, Providence, RI


Distansya, Filipino American Museum at Ace Hotel, curated by Edwin Ramoran, New York, NY

A Verdant Summer, Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York, NY

BAHAY:home, Rogue Space, organized by Advancement for Rural Kids, New York, NY

Well Travelled, Corridor Gallery, curated by Meridith McNeal, Brooklyn, NY

On Knowing Unknowing: A Material Narrative, Ortega y Gasset Projects, curated by Zahar Vaks, Brooklyn, NY


Inside/Outside: Works from the Skowhegan Archives, Common Street Arts, curated by Michelle Grabner, Waterville, ME

+1 + 1, MADE and LABspace, TSA/Satellite Art Fair, Miami, FL

Queer/Art/Mentorship Annual Exhibition, Leslie + Lohman Prince Street Project, New York, NY

No Rush, No Dawdle, Lower East Side Printshop, curated by Dahlia Elsayed, New York, NY

Published by the Artist, International Print Center New York, organized by Erik Hougen, New York, NY


Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artists Grant Recipients, Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York, NY       

Studio Sessions, Old American Can Factory, Brooklyn, NY

Secret City, Dixon Place, New York, NY


Pluto, Present Company, Brooklyn, NY

Potluck Situation, chashama, Brooklyn, NY

The People’s Laundromat Theater by Shani Peters, The Laundromat Project Create Change Residency Project, Harlem, NY


This House is Not a Home, South Side Hub of Production, Chicago, IL

Soldier’s Tale, Composer’s Alliance at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York, NY        

Miniature Quartet, Composer’s Alliance at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, New

York, NY


View Finder, curated by Eun Young Choi, ArtGate Gallery, New York, NY

Bronx Calling: The First AIM Biennial, curated by José Ruiz and Wayne Northcross, The Bronx Museum of the Arts and Wave Hill, Bronx, NY

Penetrating the Space, HERE Art Center, New York, NY

Fenced and Stitched, International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), Brooklyn, NY

Shakeout IV: Life Preservers curated by Jessica Shaefer, Marina 59, Far Rockaway, NY

Mining Between, Arts @ Renaissance, Brooklyn, NY

Studio LLC, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Jamaica, NY


About Me:, curated by Nora Lawrence, Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, NY

Penetrating the Space, Dixon Place, New York, NY

Curate NYC, Rush Arts Gallery, Essex Street Market, New York, NY

Crown Heights Film Festival, Five Myles, Brooklyn, NY

The Sea Giveth, The Sea Taketh Away, curated by Jessica Shaefer, Marina 59, Far Rockaway, NY


Joan Mitchell Foundation 2008 MFA Grant Recipients, CUE Art Foundation, New York, NY

Linking Language and Lexicons, Literally and Laterally, Bushwick Beta Spaces, Brooklyn, NY


MFA Thesis Exhibition, New York Center for Art and Media Studies, New York, NY

Awards / Fellowships


Nancy Graves Grant for Visual Artists, New York, NY


Art Matters Grant, Art Matters Foundation, New York, NY


Painters & Sculptors Grant, Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York, NY


Travel and Study Program Grant, Jerome Foundation, St. Paul, MN


Fellowship in Painting, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY

Queer/Art/Mentorship, Visual Arts Fellow, New York, NY


Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant, New York, NY


Outstanding Innovative Design, Nominee, New York Innovative Theater Awards, New York, NY


Astraea Visual Arts Fund Award, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, New York, NY


Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant, Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York, NY

Joseph Skinner Fellowship in Art, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA


Charles G. Shaw Memorial Award for Excellence in Painting, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY

Graduate Investment Program Research Grant, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY

Print Publications


DeLand, Lauren, Reviews: Maia Cruz Palileo, Art in America, May

Rouse, Sara, Maia Cruz Palileo: “All The While I Thought You Had Received This” Monique Meloche GalleryNew Art Examiner, March/April


Budick, Ariella, Beautiful imagery from an ugly past, Financial Times, May

Legaspi, Joseph O., Special Section Philippine-American Lit, World Literature Today, March-April


Brask, Jens-Peter, Brask Studio Visits III, Brask Publications

Levine, Shira, For Us, By Us, Pride Life, June


Teotico, Jack, Stories from Home, Art+ Magazine, March        


Iversen, Kristin, Inside the Artist’s Studio, Brooklyn Magazine, Spring

D’Agostino, Paul, 5 Brooklyn Artists You Need to Know, L Magazine, Spring


Webster, Andy, Support From a Love Sprite and Some Fractured Friends, New York Times, October

Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, Edited by Heng-Gil Han and Lori Otiz, 2011 Studio LLC, December


Armetta, Amoreen, 2008 Joan Mitchell Foundation Recipients Exhibition Catalogue, June

Sering, Tara FT, Looking Homeward, Contemporary Art Philippines Magazine, Feb-March

Online Publications / Blogs


Wilson, Gaby, The Past is Proof, SSENSE, June


Goldstein, Andrew, Here Are 6 of the Best ArtWorks at Art Basel Miami Beach 2019, Artnet News, December

Anania, Billy, Best of 2019: Our Top 20 United States Art Shows, Hyperallergic, December

Crippa, Karim, Fresh Paint: Seven Artists on the Rise, Art Basel Stories, September

Anania, Billy, Untethering Filipino History from American Exceptionalism, Hyperallergic, July

Yerebakan, Osman Can, Claiming A Seat At The Table, L'Officiel Art, June

Halpert, Juliana, Maia Cruz Palileo on memory and myth, Artforum, February

Binlot, Ann, Finding my Filipino identity in Maia Cruz Palileo's Art, Document Journal, February

Scott, Chadd, Smaller Museums And Galleries Shining In Chicago's Flourishing Arts Scene, Forbes, February

Capetta, Angela, Figurative Painter Maia Cruz Palileo, February


Fisher, Cora, Critic's Picks, Artforum, June

Kricheff, Sarah, Ancestral Stories: Maia Cruz Palileo at Pioneer Works, All Arts: New York Public Media, May

Blair, Jen Rickard, Migration, Home, and History Through the Eyes of Philippine-American Artists,

World Literature Today blog, February


Shapland, Jenn, The Alchemical Trace, The Magazine, November

Kirschner, Noelani, Portrait of the Artist: Generational Juxtaposition, The American Scholar, June

Añonuevo Langholz, Janna, Kimo Nelson and Maia Cruz Palileo, The Studio Visit, May


Shen, Dani, Permeable Narratives and Landscapes of Home, Wave Hill Blog, March


Piepenbring, Dan, Lost Looking, Paris Review, January

Silverman, Tanya, Paint a Photo’s Story, BreakThru Radio, January

Shih, JoYin, Don’t Forget Us: An Interview with Maia Cruz Palileo, Apogee Journal, March


Teplitzky, Alex, Interview with Studio Artist Maia Cruz Palileo, Chashama Blog, November


Valdez, Aldrin, March Artist of the Month: Maia Cruz Palileo, BRIC Contemporary Art, March

Television / Podcast


Episode 12: Chitra Ganesh with Maia Cruz Palileo, Magic Praxis, Studio Art Talks Podcast


Episode 51: Why We Tell Our Stories, Makilala TV, Guest Panelist

Episode 8: Millennial Matriarch, Chroma Collective, The Working Woman of Color Conference and Podcast

Artist Residencies    


Denniston Hill, Glen Wild, NY


Process Space, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY

Boot Camp, New York Foundation for the Arts, Brooklyn, NY


Winter Workspace, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY 


Artist-in-Residence, Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans, LA

Keyholder Residency, Lower East Side Print Shop, New York, NY

Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, NY 


Studio Program at Brooklyn Army Terminal, chashama, Brooklyn, NY  


New York Art Residency & Studios Foundation, Brooklyn, NY

Studio LLC, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, Jamaica, NY


Artist in the Marketplace (AIM 30), The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY

Visiting Artist / Panelist 


Yale University School of Art, Visiting Artist Lecture

Brooklyn College City University of New York, Visiting Artist, MFA Graduate Reviews


Purchase College State University of New York, Visiting Artist, BFA Final Reviews


Lower East Side Print Shop, Keyholder Residency, Panelist


Filipino American Museum, An Intersection of Visual Art and Literature | Luna and Rizal, Artist Talk

Mount Holyoke College, Crafting a Life in the Arts, Panelist


ArtGate Gallery, View Finder, Artist Talk

Wave Hill, Bronx Calling: The First AIM Biennial, Artist Talk


Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, 2010-2011 Visual Arts Fund Award, Panelist

Bronx River Art Center, About Me:, Artist Talk


2018 - Present

Parsons School of Design, The New School, Part-Time Faculty, New York, NY

2017 - Present

LaGuardia Community College, City Univeristy of New York, Adjunct Lecturer, Long Island City, NY


Joan Mitchell Foundation, Artist Teacher, New York, NY