Maritza Jáuregui Neely

Biography

Maritza started painting shortly before her third birthday. She learned how to paint after her Father. During her childhood, she earned several awards working with modeling clay, to include a scholarship to go to college. At age 17, Maritza was an art instructor for several institutions and public schools; Her first works of art included sculptures, castings in metals, wood and linoleum carvings. She participated in important exhibits at The Museum of Antropology in Xalapa, Universidad Veracruzana, IVEC and other National and International competitions.

Since moving to the U.S. in 1995, she became more interested in two-dimensional techniques, from which acrylic became one of her favorite mediums. Maritza's work is collected internationally and can be found in Great Britain, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Japan, and throughout the U.S. and Latin America. Maritza is a Traditional Artist, Graphic Artist, Web and Business Developer. She produces artwork for selected exhibits, works on commissions, and collaborates with private companies to develop brands, logos, and illustrations. She has been a board member and VP for Publicity for several organizations, and proudly supports community events and non-profit organizations.

Artist Statement

"I believe that art is essential to life. We find ART in everything around us. Whether we identify with it or not, in the end, nobody can judge art, it is a personal affair between the medium and the creator.
Art is what frees the spirit and enables to express the most intimate emotions, so whether I feel happy or sad, it is reflected on my artwork.
Everything in the creative process is valid, as there is no right or wrong. A painting is a transparent door to the artist's vision, and breaking a few rules once in a while makes creating Art a fun and interesting experience" - Maritza


Recent achievements

November, 2013: Finished "Folkloric Dancers", a commision by UMC, University Medical Center, Children's Hospital in El Paso, TX.
April 24, 2013: The National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society, International competition and Judge Todd A. Williams selected 150 Artworks from 450 Entries and 250 Artists from all over the World. Two of Maritza's paintings were selected for this exhibition, "La Espera" and "Hood Reflections". for more information go to: NOAPS.org
April 29- July26, 2013: Exhibit at El Paso Art Windows, at the El Paso International Airport.
April 24, 2013: The National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society, International competition and Judge Todd A. Williams selected 150 Artworks from 450 Entries and 250 Artists from all over the World. Two of Maritza's paintings were selected for this exhibition, "La Espera" and "Hood Reflections". for more information go to: NOAPS.org
Dec 2012: Release of a new children's book, "Bull, The Race Horse" — written by Illustrated by Maritza Jáuregui-Neely. Available at
Oct 2012: "Ill Conceived"— a mystery novel written by ; cover illustration by: Maritza Jáuregui-Neely.
Sept 2012: Maritza was notified that her artwork was selected to be on exhibit at The Art- Windows, at The El Paso International Airport from April to July, 2013.
August 2012: "You Can't Be Too Careful", stories written by . Book Cover by Maritza Jauregui-Neely. Available at
June 2012 Maritza Jauregui-Neely presented her solo exhibit,"Romancing El Paso" at The El Paso City Hall, sponsored by The City of El Paso, The Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, and The Texas Commission on The Arts. Artworks by Maritza Jauregui-Neely.
June 2012, artwork from "Romancing El Paso" on the Cover of El Paso Scene
Nov 2011, Maritza was awarded a grant from The City of El Paso, Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, sponsoring her exhibit, titled "Romancing El Paso."
September 2011, Painted a 13 feet lamp post donated to Hospice El Paso and received the "Best of Show" and "Top Revenue Producer" awards.
2011, "Life in The Rearview Mirror" by Nancy Natalicio, an OLLI/UTEP Publication. Book Cover by Maritza Jauregui-Neely.
2011, "Angels Around Us" , a book by L.C. Hayden.With three inside illustrations by Maritza Jauregui-Neely. Available at
2010, Rio Bravo Watercolorists, "Arts of March", Second Place for "Free Spirit"
2009, EPAA "America The Beautiful", Third Place for "Patriotic Pooch"
September 2010, Release of "Little Mountain", a mystery novel by . Book Cover by Maritza Jauregui-Neely. Available at
September 2010, painting "Viva El Paso" was the featured cover for El Paso Scene and their annual calendars.
October 2010, painting "Family Portrait" was chosen by the City of El Paso to be proyected onto the Chase building in downtown during the "Chalk The Block" Street Festival.
June 2009, Maritza Jáuregui-Neely was a featured artist at El Paso Street Festival Chalk the Block.
"Border Tapestry 2009", "Border Tapestry 2010" & "Border Tapestry 2011". Maritza Jáuregui-Neely Illustrated the Cover and some poems

Memberships:

NOAPS- National Oil and Acrylics Painters' Society
NGA - National Gallery of Art.
NAS - National Art Society
NSPC&A - National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic
NAC - National Arts Club