Maria Madeira is an artist, teacher and cultural adviser committed to conveying East Timor’s culture and traditions to future generations. She studied at Curtin University (B.A. Fine Arts 1991, Graduate Diploma of Education [Major in Art] 1993) and at Murdoch University (B.A. in Political Science, 1996). She is fluent in English, Portuguese and Tetum, and is studying Bahasa Indonesian. Since 2001 she has worked in Dili as an interpreter and translator including working in 2004 for the United Nation Serious Crimes Unit investigating Crimes Against Humanity committed in 1999 and 2000. Maria was a volunteer art teacher at the Arte Moris art school in Dili providing free tuition to local youths. Maria recently exhibited Ina Luo (Mother Earth) at prestigious Galeri Cipta II in Central Jakarta. She has held over fifteen solo or group exhibitions of her painting, sculpture, drawings, mixed media collages and installations, across Australia, Portugal, Macau, Brazil, China, Indonesia and East Timor. Maria lives in Dili.