Maria is a multidisciplinary artist and academic, mapping systems of visual knowledge and culture, particularly that of the Middle East in relation to the UK.

Born and raised in the north of Iran, she first travelled to the UK in 1979, where she pursued her art education, specialising in sculpture and obtaining an MA at the University of Central England (1997). Maria travelled back to Iran in 1988, teaching at two major universities in Tehran: Alzahra University and The Academy of Arts. Since returning to the UK in the early 1990s, she has completed many artistic projects with major London art galleries and museums.

Maria has taught and exhibited extensively both in the UK and internationally. She is a trustee/board member at the 198 Gallery, London, co-runs The Practice Exchange seminar series at Chelsea College of Art and Design and is a lecturer at Richmond University.

Among her numerous exhibitions and presentations are: Conversation Pieces, 1001 questions, Tate Britain 2009; The Psychology of Fear, 198 Gallery 2008; and The Anatomy Of Ignorance, Current thinking, Tate Modern 2007.