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Sofia Maldonado was born in Puerto Rico (1984). As an artist, she admires her country's rural landscapes, along with the chaos of the city and the abandoned structures within them. During her undergraduate studies she painted numerous murals, with or without permission in abandoned buildings, barrios and indoor spaces as a way to bring beauty to this sites. By creating her own visual language with bright colors and flowing brush strokes that simulate nature, she received recognition as a mural painter in her country. Sofia's artwork is a blend of fashion trends, the Latina female aesthetic and various street culture elements, such as skateboarding, graffiti, public art, reggaeton and punk music.
Fascinated by the multi-layered aspects of skateboarding culture, she developed The Tropical Storm Series after moving to New York. This series is divided into three major projects: the Broken Boards, the Bowl, and the Skate Bags. This exhibition opens up a dialog on the use of abandoned objects and spaces. It also explores disregarded aspects of the skateboarding culture.

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