María Andrea Anzorena is born in Allen, in Río Negro province (Argentina), on March 16th, 1959.
When she is nine years old, her family moves and settles in Buenos Aires, and very early in her life, she starts attending several private ceramic workshops.
After finishing secondary school her love of clay prompts her to enroll in the Escuela Nacional de Cerámica N°1 (National School of Ceramics)
Three years later, she graduates as Artistic Ceramics Technician and sets up her own ceramics workshop in Pasaje Bollini 2145. There she furthers her workshop experience teaching and working on commissions, while at the same time continuing her artistic academic training in the Ceramics School.
It is then that she is seduced by another of the arts of fire:
enamel on metal.
In 1980 she takes a study trip to Europe where she is dazzled by the magnificent works of art and masterpieces she encounters during her travels around Rome, Florence, Paris, Madrid, Toledo, Edinburgh, London and Zurich.
In 1982 María Andrea completes her studies obtaining her degree of Artistic Ceramics Teacher and Expert in Metal Enamelling, and starts submitting her works to art halls and competitions, where she obtains her first awards and honours.
As from 1993 she starts working non-stop in her artistic profession. She meets master Antonio Pujía and in 1994 she attends a seminar on lost-wax casting in his workshop. There she learns the technique of modelling in wax, casting, use of patinas on metals. Some months later, Pujía invites her to join the Taller del Centro, where under his direction she produces several works –modelling in wax, clay pieces with live models, carta pesta, etc.
María Andrea and Antonio Pujía become close friends and it is him who, appreciating her talent, insists that she tries her hand working in stone carving and helps her along this new road into sculpture, from where she never strays. From then onwards she starts creating pieces in different types of marble: Carrara marble, Greek marble, Botticino marble, travertine, and so on.
On her works she applies diverse techniques – pointer tracing with pantograph and compasses, direct carving.
After several hardworking years with master Pujía, she decides to attend the sculpture workshop of the Asociación Estímulo de Bellas Artes, where she keeps on perfecting her art.
Invitations from art gallery owners to take part in exhibitions and art fairs start pouring in and her works are widely praised, so much so that some now belong to private collectors.
She submits her art pieces to the Salón Nacional de Artes Visuales (National Visual Arts Hall) and in 2009 one of her sculptures is accepted. That same year she makes a new study trip, this time to Peru where she visits the cities of Lima, Cuzco and Machu Pichu, an enriching experience that allows her to widen her knowledge of the Peruvian culture.
In 2005 she sets up her workshop in the Boedo neighbourhood, on Pasaje Lázaro Venialvo 3521, where she keeps focusing on her work and teaches different styles of sculpture – modelling, stone carving, etc. Most recently, she has been able to fulfill a long cherished project – wood carving, and she has already produced works in chestnut, ash, rosewood, and others.
In 2012, after 44 years, she returns to her home town with her own personal exhibition in the Maison Blanche art gallery, that the Allen Local Council declares to be of cultural interest.
In 2013 she is invited to exhibit her work in Mexico representing her country, Argentina. She sends to the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Mérida-Yucatán (MACAY), several art pieces, in polyester resin, marble and wood which received wide acclaim.
Nowadays, she silently and industriously keeps on working in her workshop and regularly exhibits her work in art galleries both at home and abroad.