Maritza was born and raised in Veracruz, Mexico. She started painting shortly before her third birthday. She learned how to paint after her Father. During her childhood, she earned several awards working with modeling clay, to include a scholarship to go to college. At age 17, Maritza was an art instructor for several institutions and public schools; among those were the Magisterio Nacional, La Universidad Veracruzana and El Instituto Veracruzano de Cultura y Las Artes. Her first works of art included sculptures, castings in metals, wood and linoleum carvings. She participated in important exhibits at The Museum of Antropology in Xalapa, Universidad Veracruzana, IVEC and other National and International competitions.
Since relocating to El Paso, Texas in 1995, she became more interested in two-dimensional techniques, from which acrylic became one of her favorite mediums. Maritza's work is collected internationally and can be found in Great Britain, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Japan, and throughout the U.S. and Latin America. Maritza is a Traditional Artist, Graphic Artist, Web and Business Developer. She produces artwork for selected exhibits, works on commissions, and collaborates with private companies to develop brands, logos, and illustrations. She has been a board member and VP for Publicity for several organizations, and proudly supports community events and non-profit organizations.
"I believe that art is essential to life. We find ART in everything around us. Whether we identify with it or not, in the end, nobody can judge art, it is a personal affair between the medium and the creator.
Art is what frees the spirit and enables to express the most intimate emotions, so whether I feel happy or sad, it is reflected on my artwork.
Everything in the creative process is valid, as there is no right or wrong. A painting is a transparent door to the artist's vision, and breaking a few rules once in a while makes creating Art a fun and interesting experience" - Maritza
April 29- July26, 2013: Exhibit at El Paso Art Windows, at the El Paso International Airport.
Dec 2012: Release of a new children's book, "Bull, The Race Horse"— written by Dawn Wolslager and L.C. Hayden. Illustrated by Maritza Jáuregui-Neely. Available at Amazon.Com
Oct 2012: "Ill Conceived"— a mystery novel written by LC. Hayden; cover illustration by: Maritza Jáuregui-Neely.
Sept 2012: Maritza was notified that her artwork was selected to be on exhibit at The Art- Windows, at The El Paso International Airport from April to July, 2013.
August 2012: "You Can't Be Too Careful", stories written by Bob Sanchez. Book Cover by Maritza Jauregui-Neely. Available at Barnes&Noble.Com
June 2012 Maritza Jauregui-Neely presented her solo exhibit,"Romancing El Paso" at The El Paso City Hall, sponsored by The City of El Paso, The Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, and The Texas Commission on The Arts. Artworks by Maritza Jauregui-Neely.
June 2012, artwork from "Romancing El Paso" on the Cover of El Paso Scene
Nov 2011, Maritza was awarded a grant from The City of El Paso, Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, sponsoring her exhibit, titled "Romancing El Paso."
September 2011, Painted a 13 feet lamp post donated to Hospice El Paso and received the "Best of Show" and "Top Revenue Producer" awards.
2011, "Life in The Rearview Mirror" by Nancy Natalicio, an OLLI/UTEP Publication. Book Cover by Maritza Jauregui-Neely. Link
2011, "Angels Around Us" , a book by L.C. Hayden.With three inside illustrations by Maritza Jauregui-Neely. Available at Amazon.Com
2010, Rio Bravo Watercolorists, "Arts of March", Second Place for "Free Spirit"
2009, EPAA "America The Beautiful", Third Place for "Patriotic Pooch"
September 2010, Release of "Little Mountain", a mystery novel by Bob Sanchez. Book Cover by Maritza Jauregui-Neely. Available at Amazon.Com.
September 2010, painting "Viva El Paso" was the featured cover for El Paso Scene and their annual calendars.
October 2010, painting "Family Portrait" was chosen by the City of El Paso to be proyected onto the Chase building in downtown during the "Chalk The Block" Street Festival.
June 2009, Maritza Jáuregui-Neely was a featured artist at El Paso Street Festival Chalk the Block.
"Border Tapestry 2009", "Border Tapestry 2010" & "Border Tapestry 2011".Annual publication by El Paso Writters League. Maritza Jáuregui-Neely Illustrated the Cover and some poems
NOAPS- National Oil and Acrylics Painters' Society
RBW- Rio Bravo Watercolorists
PSEP- Pastel Society of El Paso
PAPS- Plein Air Painters of El Paso
EPWL- The El Paso Writer's League