Maru Aponte
Griffin x Emily Carr Residency Award Recipient, 2023

Maru Aponte is an artist from the Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico. Her work investigates color and the unknown results of painting. Through her main medium of watercolour, Aponte explores the potential of watercolour in contemporary times. Watercolor is a mediator and channel that transports her home to the ocean, waterfall, pool, rain and humidity of Puerto Rico. Currently pursuing her MFA at Emily Carr in Vancouver, she studied at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago for two years and was the first Puerto Rican to graduate from the painting department of The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp.