Maria Mortati is a designer, educator, and artist who develops interactive and participatory projects for use in real-world environments. Her work includes exhibition design, visual art, and teaching. Socially involved art, human-centered design, and ongoing experimentation all influence her values and methods.
In terms of context, she works with public institutions, private, and the outdoors. The projects range from bringing delight to Alzheimer’s disease patients in nursing homes, experimenting with wayfinding at museums, creating environments that introduce visitors to art, and educating Londoners on how the brain functions. Her art seeks to engage the unfamiliar with the unknown and bring joy to those who are in need.
Her projects have been exhibited in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Baltimore, and London.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Colorado. She obtained a Master of Fine Arts in Design from Stanford University. She has worked as an adjunct at the California College of the Arts.
Maria lives and works in San Francisco, California.
Interviews and Press
Clients & Collaborators:
Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum
Asian Art Museum
Baltimore Museum of Art
Children’s Creativity Museum (formerly Zeum)
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Dallas Museum of Art
Golden Gate Parks Conservancy
Gyroscope Museum Exhibits
– Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
– The Leonardo
– The Bishop Museum
New Mexico Highlands University
Oakland Museum of California
Rucker Design Group
Sainsbury Wellcome Centre
San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living
Walker Art Center
West Office Exhibition Design
– California Science Center
– Las Vegas Springs Preserve
Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)