Maria Tuma

Artist, Art Educator

11320 N.W. 58 place - Hialeah, Florida 33012 USA - Phone: (305) 822-2799


Objective: FINE ARTS . Portrait Artist .Teach Oil Painting

Education: B.A. Barry University, Miami, Florida.
Graduate courses from: NOVA Univ. & Florida International University in Art Education.
Seminar in Art Therapy at the Univ. of Miami.
Computer Graphic Courses at MDCC north campus.
CERTIFIED ART Teacher by the State of Florida since 1970 - 2010. K-12 .

Painting student of
. Alberto Pancorbo, Classical Realist in Coral Gables, Fla. 2005-2007.
. Violeta Roque de Arana, Hyperrealist in a workshop in 2008 in Coral Gables, Fla.
. Helen Burkett, Transparent Watercolorist workshop at Fairchild Tropical Garden 2088.
. Joshua LaRock, Master Classical Artist at Central Academy of Arts in New York City August 15 - 26, 2011

. Douglas Flynt, Clasiccal Artist. Two weeks workshop in Ft. Meyers, Fla. March 12 - 24, 2012
. César Santos: Portrait workshop: June2-3 and 9-10, 2012 in Miami, Fl. At Abdon Romero Studio.

Teaching Experience:
Museum of Science and Space Planetarium: taught painting and ceramics; elementary students, summers of 1970-1971.
Hialeah Miami Lakes Senior High: taught adults; drawing and oil painting, and art history; 1972-1974.
Westview Jr. High School; Miami, Florida: taught art and b/w photography; 1973-1978.
Robert Morgan Vocational Technical Institute; Miami, Fl. -taught commercial and advertising art; 1978-1981.
Naranja Elementary; DCPS; Miami, Fla.- fine arts: 1982-1985.
Palm Lakes Elementary School; DCPS, Miami, Fl.-fine arts: 1985-1992.
Ojus Elementary School; DCPS, Miami, Fla.-fine arts: 1993-1995.
North Hialeah Christian School: taught Kindergarten: 1998-1999.
Emmanuel Christian School: taught 1st grade 1999-2000.
Arts for Learning: Art Instructor 2005 - 2008 (partime). Centro Mater West teaching Art 2005 -2008.
Art Instructor. Oil Painting Instructor on Saturdays: Miami Dade College 2007.
Taught Watercolours and Oils at Utrecht Art Store in Miami 2009-2010.

Fine Art Consultant: For Arts for Learning. Teaching children at Centro Mater West. 2005 - 2007.

Commercial Art: John Childers Commercial Art Agency; layout and pasteups-Coral Gables, Fla. 1969 -1970. Burger King Corp. Advertising Dept.- layouts, pasteups, photostats and typositor operator; 1970-1971. Robert Morgan Vocational Technical Institute: taught advertising commercial art-1978-1981. Spirit of Faith Ministries; Miami, Florida. Art dept-head; did: flyers, tape recording covers, scenic set designs.

Freelance: Bishopric and Fielden Advertising Agency; pasteups; Miami, Fla. 1971-1972. Barral Sisters, pasteups and photostats, 1971-1972. Dade Division of American Hospitals; pasteups of medicines labels. 1971-1972. Vladimir and Evans Adv. Agency; layouts and pasteups. 1971-1972. Museum of Science and Transit Planetarium-Maya Pavillion Interior Rendering Design; Miami, Florida -1973. Trinity Broadcasting Network; Hollywood, Fla.-title cards, display boards for telecast and slides. 1978-1980. Fullgospel Businessmen Assoc. Miami, Fla.-hand lettered poster and sign. 1983. Christian Faith Fellowship Center-logo design, window hand lettered- 1982. Trinity Broadcasting Network; Hollywood, Fla.-3 walls mural of Biblical scenes.-1985.

Made many photo albums for State Representative and Senator Rudy García, in chronological order since his 1st election. 2000-01.

Photography Collection: Wishing to publish a book entitled: Cubans in Miami and another poetry and photography book entitled: Fotos y Poemas, algo de mi.

Photography Freelance: Kenneth Hagin Ministries; magazine cover photos 1983; 3 interior photos; Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Spirit of Faith Ministries, flyers, tape covers.

Publication: Cuban Calendar 2005: “ALMANAQUE Histórico Cubano 2005” and 2007 with photos of Cuba in 1910. A collectors item. Distributed it for sale.

Producing a Musical Play: Writing the script and some songs for: “LIBERTAD”, a musical play about Cubans in exile,desiring freedom for their land...Representing scenes of daily life and events about cuban exiles in Miami. Wrote six songs for it.

Productions: "Mama es un Rayo de Luz"; a 3 acts play about a Cuban family in Miami, with the hardships of the English language, and their teen age children getting in a car accident, because they took the car without permission; culminating in love and forgiveness. Shown at the Assumption Academy; Miami, Fl. 1975. I wrote and directed the play, designed and painted the scenery, did the program cover, recorded sound effects: donated to Catholic Charities. "Brotherhood"; a 15 minutes audiovisual presentation. Synopsis: People from all nations, shall live peacefully and happily if they LOVE. We are born free to create, to research from the bottom of the ocean to the sky above. We are born free to seek and to find, that LOVING together is the only way! "Bicentennial": slides synchronized to "God Bless America", "My Country Tis of Thee" and "This Land in my Land".

Scenic Set Designs: Musical plays at Barry College, Miami, Fla. "Camelot", "Hello Dolly", "Roar of the Grase Paint", "Oklahoma", "Finians Rainbow", "Mourning Becomes Electra" and "Merchant of Venice". 1966 -1971. Spirit of FaithMinistries: "Resurrection Morning": 1984 -1985.

Ceramic Casts: Casted many Florida State Seals for Senator Rudy García, painted them to look like bronce.Bust of José Martí: 10" tall. See image under sculpture.

Sculptures: 1. John F. Kennedy, Plaque at Miami Jackson sr. High School 1970, casted in cement. 2. Bust of Monsignior William Barry, Founder of Barry University, casted in fiber glass. 3. Bust of Francisco Walker, casted inbronce; Teacher of Dade County Public Schools. 4.Welded American Eagle 11 ft. tall.. 5. Busts of José Martí in ceramics: white and others painted as bronce.


1966National Scholastics; gold key in oil painting; National Competition.

1966 Silver Knight Award; Miami Herald.

Governor Haydon Burns Scholarship; Florida

1975.WQBA Honorable Mention on the opening of my art show at the Bacardi Art Gallery.

1976 NIKON Award of Excellence in Nature Photography; NY. City; NY.

1997 Certificate of Appreciation for the contibution to the community from Dade County Mayor Steve Clark.

• 1991 Certficate of Appreciation from Julio Martinez; Mayor of Hialeah; Fla. for the Advisory Board Care for the Soldiers   in the • Gulf War.

• Maria and her students received many Art Awards and commendations throughout the years in Dade County Public Schools.

• 2004 Keep Alachua County Beautiful, plaque Silver Award for Outstanding Achievement by Media and Public Relations.

• 2010 Rossetti Gallery Merit Award on the painting "Parrot".

• 2011 Accepted as a Member in ASTA American Society of Traditional Artists January 2011.

• 2011 Second Place on the Self Portrait entitled: "Marie d' Art" in the Art Exhibit sponsored by the Broward Art Guild
          of Ft Lauderdale, Fla.

. 2011 The Richeson Painting Competition: Animals, birds and wildlife. Finalist on "Parrot" oil 36"x 36".
. 2014 The Richeson Figure Portrait Competition Meritorious Award on "Grand Christmas" 40"x30"

Computers: Windows 95, Page Maker, Quark X-Press, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Dream Weaver and Fireworks, Macromedia Flash: Mac format.
Windows, Power Point Presentations with synchronized sound.

News publications: A total of 35. Click here to see more information.

Art Shows: A total of 29. Click here to see details

" Be Still
My Soul"

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