Timeline: [2000-07]


  • Individual exhibition: «Fin de Juego», Galería Botello, San Juan. Writes an artist statement for the catalogue.
  • Paints «Taller». Changes materials to Oil Primer, pigment Old Holland (Lakes, Phthalo and Prussian Blues, Phthalo Green, Zinc White and Alizarin Crimson), Venice Turpentine and Sun Thickened Linseed Oil.
  • Participates in «Inundaciones», Centre de Cultura Contemporània of Barcelona, El cuarto del Quenepón.
  • Becomes founding member of Quenepón Inc., with a Board of Directors that include Rosa Irigoyen, Pedro Reina, Chiara Merino, Yrsa Dávila, Marina Rivera and Dorian Lugo. Quenepón re-opens, the e-zine becomes a non-profit organization.
  • Work included in Print Portfolio «Ciudad Infinita», San Juan.
  • Work discussed in book «Images of Ambiente: Homotextuality and Latin American Art 1810-today», Rudi C. Bleys, Continuum Press, London.
  • Participates in the followings exhibitions: «Latin Caribbean, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico», MOOLA, Los Angeles, CA; «IV Certamen Nacional de Artes Plásticas», Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan; «Tesoros de la Pintura Puertorriqueña, curator Mercedes Trelles, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico; «Women of the World: A Global Collection of Art», Opening first in Manhattan in 2000 and traveling ever since. In 2004, the installation was featured at the summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. Also traveled to White Columms, N.Y.C. (June 2000); Flint Institute, Michigan (Fall 2000); Delta Axis (late 2000/early 2001); University of Maryland Gallery (March 2001(tentative); Tucson Museum, Arizona (Fall 2001); Brenau Un., Georgia (late 2001); Mobile Museum, Alabama (late 2002); Alexandria Museum (late 2002); Tucson Museum, Arizona (Fall 2001); Brenau Un., Georgia (late 2001); Mobile Museum, Alabama (late 2002); and others cities like San Francisco, 2000-2004.


  • Paints «Mosaico» and «Patio».
  • «Clasifícame ésta» wins Print Prize at the XIII Bienal de San Juan del Grabado Latinoamericano y el Caribe, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan.
  • Traveled with fellow artist Pepón Osorio to participate in the conference «Flights of Discovery: Excursions into Identity» with Will Cox and Yong Soon Ming in the «Cortona International Symposium: A Print Odyssey», Cortona, Italy.
  • Published «Email Correspondence: Debating with Elaine King», in dossier Cultura Vernácula, El cuarto del Quenepón.
  • Web consultant for Web Portal, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, Puerto Rico, until resigning in 2002.
  • One of the founders of «Grupo Tepe», an interdisciplinary discussion group that meet twice a month for the purpose of cultural debate, until 2002.
  • Featured in «30 Voces: Mes de las Humanidades: Reflexiones a Punta de Pincel», by Myrna Rivas Nina, newspaper El Nuevo Día (El País), October 23, Puerto Rico.
  • Featured in «Puerto Rican Art Moves Outward, and More Inward», by Luisita López Torregrosa, Art and Leisure, Art, The New York Times, Sunday edition, March 11.
  • Print «Aún Ficción» makes cover of book «Las Ciudades que (no) Existen», by Mara Negrón, Editorial Postdata, San Juan.
  • Participates in the followings exhibitions: «XIII Bienal de San Juan del Grabado Latinoamericano y el Caribe», Antiguo Arsenal de la Marina Española at La Puntilla, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico; «Flight of the Falcon», Girifalco Fortress, Cortona, Italia; «El Arte en Puerto Rico a través del Tiempo», Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico and «Muestra Nacional de Arte Puertorriqueño», Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan.
Go to St. James Guide to Hispanic Artists


  • Paints «Balcón» and starts working on «Penthouse». Works with Quinacridone pigments, Hansa Yellow and sintetic resin.
  • Entry of artist’s work in «St. James Guide to Hispanic Artists», edited by Thomas Riggs and Mariko Fujinaka, St.James Press, Farmington Hills, Michigan.
  • Writes essay «Pintar Debajo del Piso», from April to July. Journal documenting the painting «Penthouse».
  • Study travels to Los Angeles and New York City.
  • Second Honorable Mention, «Balcón» and «Patio» 34ème Festival Internacional de la Peinture, Chateau-Musee Grimaldi, de Cagnes-sur-Mer, Cote d'Azur, France.
  • Becomes the Department Chair of Painting, Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, until resigning in 2003. She develops a visiting professors conference series, promotes curriculum revision, and invite Dr. Elaine King for "Master's Critic session with students", practice that continues in the art school presently.
  • Participates in «Pulpa» (e-zines and cultural print magazines), Centro Wifredo Lam, La Habana, Cuba, with «El cuarto del Quenepón».
  • Participates in the following exhibition: «Interrogating Diversity», Betty Rymer Gallery, Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois.


  • Finish paintings «Se amarró» and «Currents».
  • Unable to work on the next painting she writes her theorical ideas in essay «La Artista Technicolor» from July to August.
  • Publishes essay «La Artista Technicolor» as main feature in Revista Domingo, El Nuevo Día newspaper, August 3, Puerto Rico. A complete version of this essay was published at the e-zine El cuarto del Quenepón, August 10.
  • Starts working on «Colors (to Donna Summer)». Works with Dupont's Bike pigment, Old Holland's Vermillion, Madder, Carmin pigments, the mediums of Wax and Essence of Turpertine, and industrial textiles.
  • Study-travel with fellow painter Enrique Renta to London and New York.
  • Participates in the followings exhibitions: «De Lo Que Soy/Of What I Am», Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, New York; «Muestra Nacional de Arte Puertorriqueño», Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan; and «Only Skin Deep», curator Coco Fusco, Online Exhibition, International Center of Photography, NYC, New York, 2003-04.


  • Writes essay «Libertad, Visión y el Espacio de la Expresión» from January to May.
  • Writes essay «Afasia pictórica» in November.
  • Publishes «Arte Conceptual», Revista Foro, main feature, with Marimar Benítez, Enrique Renta and Julieta González, El Nuevo Día newspaper, May 30.
  • Freelance Graphic Web Design for Universia.pr.
  • Finish painting «Colors (to Donna Summer)». Start working on sketch for «Pink (To Monroe)» on May. Starts working with wood specialist and Art Conservator Cesar Piñero. Takes 9 months to finish it, with helps of intership of student Axel Ruíz. Sketch gets publish on cover of Foro, El Nuevo Día newspaper, October 31.
  • Auxiliary Professor at the Escuela de Arte Plásticas de Puerto Rico, Image and Design Department.
  • Work discussed in «Homosexuality, Female», entry by Tatiana de la Tierra, «Encyclopedia Latina: History, Culture, Society», Grolier Publishing, Grolier, Inc., Danbury, CT.
  • Painting included in «Imagen y palabra: a cien años de la fundación de la Universidad de Puerto Rico» (a book about the University collection), Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico.
  • Participates in the followings exhibitions: «Inscritos y proscritos: los desplazamientos en la gráfica puertorriqueña», Trienal Poli/Gráfica de San Juan: América Latina y el Caribe, curator Margarita Fernández Zavala, Museo de Las Américas, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan and «¡Impresionante!», curators Harper Montgomery and Deborah Cullen, International Print Center, NYC, New York.

Pink (To Monroe)


  • El cuarto del Quenepón e-zine closes.
  • Presents paper for «Junta de Política Cultura» (Orden Ejecutiva OE-2005-24), on behalf of Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, March 12.
  • Takes the seminar «David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies & Puerto Rico Winter Institute», directed by Prof.Doris Summer, Harvard University, Universidad de Puerto Rico (UPR), Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y el Caribe (CEA) and Escuela de Artes Plásticas (EAP), San Juan. Three-week seminar focus on "Culture at the Crossroads", given by professors Davíd Carrasco, Juan Flores, Arq. Enrique Vivoni, James Lorand Matory, Angel Quintero-Rivera and Thomas Cummins.
  • Publishes article «Últimos Días del ICP», Revista Por Dentro, El Nuevo Día newspaper, June 19.
  • After finishing painting «Pink (To Monroe)», starts working with «Enable Blue». Final drawing's measurements done with the assistance of artist Tony Cruz at O'Neill's studio walls.
  • Publishes articles «Afasia pictórica», Revista Art Premiun, September-October and «Libertad, Visión y el Espacio de la Expresión», Revista del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, Año 6, Núm. 11, second series.
  • Conceptualized and help to develop the Centro de Diseño, centro.eap.edu, an university's design business, for the Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico. The objectives are to give professional experience to students, as well as career advancements to faculty and strengthen the economical structure of the art school.
  • Participates in Faculty Committee for Lobbying for better salaries at Puerto Rico's Legislature (R. del S. 898), for the Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico.
  • Participates with «Colors (to Donna Summer)» in Taxi's proyect, 40 taxis intervened with images wrappings.
  • Participates in the followings exhibitions: «Minor Keys: Chords & Discords», exhibition as part of the Conference West Indies Literature, University of Puerto Rico, «Rewind...rewind...Video arte puertorriqueño», Programa de Artes Plásticas del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña (ICP) and «Imagen de una cultura» (Collection of the Cooperativa de Seguros Múltiples de Puerto Rico), Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan.
Link to the documentation of the process of «Enable Blue»  Piñero and O'Neill
Saqueo intervention

(Top Left) Cesar Piñero, at his workshop, with aluminum shell structures, prototype model and Laminated Shells (on front) for «Enable Blue».(Top Right) At a more advance stage, discussing final details. (Bottom) Detail on «Saqueo», Dorian Lugo's artist book project.


  • Participates on Lectures «¿Porqué el performances?», Facultad Estudios Generales, Departamento de Humanidades, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras.
  • Start working as the first Art Director at the Centro de Diseño de la Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico. Stay until early August 2007. Established web accessibility design including daltonism colour studies. Among clients under her Art Direction where: web page for «Lee y Sueña»; braille brochure for Galería Nacional of Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña; Escuela de Artes Plásticas's newsletter «Artefacto» and intitutional aplications; Festivities Dinner Plates for Walmart; and logo and promotional map for recreational park «Punto Verde».
  • Takes the seminar «Deconstrucciones, psicoanálisis y teoría queer», Programa de Estudios de la Mujer y el Género, Departamento de Ciencias Sociales de la Facultad de Estudios Generales, Universidad de Puerto Rico (UPR), Río Piedras. The three-day seminar on «Derriladacan: contigüidades sintomáticas», «El banquete uniqueersitario: Disquisiciones sobre el s(ab)er queer», and «El internauta desnudo: la autoimagen pornográfica en el imaginario yoico» given by Philosophy professor Francisco Vidarte, from the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (Spain).
  • Part of the Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico's committee for the «Periodic Review Report», a reaccreditation's process of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
  • Participates on Guided Tour «Autocontemplación», Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras.
  • Starts working on print «Enable Blue (flat mode)» for portfolio of Museo de Arte de Ponce, «Círculo de las Artes» the MAP's Program, which includes artists Charles Juhasz, Antonio Martorell, Arnaldo Roche Rabell, Melquíades Rosario, Jaime Suárez, Rafael Trelles, Víctor Vázquez, among others. The artist's proposal is a print artwork using commercial printing (Elmendorf), base on painting «Enable Blue». The artist uses Pantone Metallic Integrated Process Color (Silver and Gold) to produce a limited print edition on Warren Lustro Dull (100lb, cover, 8" x 12") and American Lumiart (70lb, text). This is a five passes printing process. The images area is 4.75 x 6.7/8 inch (bleed), that is glue (conservation tape) only the top corners to the Warren Lustro Dull. Historical references are: Donald Judd and Yves Klein, especially the latest's «Peintures» (1954).
  • Artist's work «It’s to me» (1989), is published on cover of Literature Journal «Katatay», Argentina (La Plata, ISSN 1669-3868).
  • Intervened on book with cuting in half and enclosure it with blue plastic dip, by invitation of editor Prof. Dorian Lugo, where 300 artists have intervened in different «Saqueo» books .
  • Participates on Round Table «Muestra Nacional de Arte», Salas de Arte de la Universidad del Sagrado Corazón.
  • Participates in the followings exhibitions: «Auto contemplación: Autorretratos en pintura», curator Flavia Marichal, Museo de Arte, Historia, y Antropología, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. «CIRCA Puerto Rico ’06», international art fair, Puerto Rico Convention Center, Puerto Rico; «Figuraciones», Marianne Ramírez Aponte, Curator, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan and «Muestra Nacional de Arte», organized by the Programa de Artes Plásticas del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña (ICP).
floor plan by Andrew C. Caruso  floor plan by Andrew C. Caruso

Original installation floor plan and detail of walls by Andrew C. Caruso for mid career exhibition at MAPR.


  • Mid career exhibition: «Artist Interrupted: From Post to After», Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan. Guest-curate by Dr. Elaine King, a professor of the history of art and theory at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
  • O'Neill its invited to be one of the founding members of the «Docomomo», Chapter of Puerto Rico.
  • Partcipates in Paco Colo's «Pulpo», at Galería Nacional, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña (ICP). Colo ideas where to create an oversize artist book project matching up around 25 artists and writers. O'Neill collaborated with poet Liliana Ramos.
  • Start working in a colaborative piece with architect Andres Mignucci Giannon. They both get accepted to finish it on site, at Art and Arquitecture Residency at Centro Cultural Casapoli, Chile, for 2008.
  • Lectures at Escuela de Arquitectura, Universidad de Puerto Rico and Nueva Escuela de Arquitectura, Universidad Politécnica de Puerto Rico.
  • Start teaching at postgraduate school Centro de Estudios Avanzado, Puerto Rico.
  • Start learning Sign Language.
  • Participates in the following exhibition: «Contexto puertorriqueño: del rococó colonial al arte global», curator Marilu Purcel, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico. «Puerto Rican Art: Image of a Culture», Orlando Museum of Art.


©2007 - María de Mater O'Neill