“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.” - Kurt Vonnegut
Maria Vallese is an illustrator and artist living in Utica, NY. She is a 2010 graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with a B.F.A. in Illustration. Maria specializes in color- saturated artwork and illustrations, inspired by building architecture, interesting places and people and a little bit of nostalgia.
In 2009 Maria founded Retro Sorrento, which combines her art and freelance illustration business with her bohemian-style handmade designs.
Maria has worked with several businesses big and small to develop illustrations for brands and products. She also takes on private commissions for building illustrations, event posters and more.
You may have come across some of Maria’s work on 2016, 2017 and 2018 Saranac beer labeling, the 2015 Made in Utica Passport and Utica Coloring Book.
Interested in working with me? Contact me, I want to illustrate for YOU!
Flying Bison Brewery
City of Utica
Made in Utica
DJ Ease One
Suzi's Place Diner
The Mustard Seed
Where to Find Retro Sorrento:
Signature 81 - Clinton, NY
Wildflowers Armory - Syracuse, NY
The Brewery Shop @ Saranac Brewery
The Indie Garage Sale - Utica, NY
Several Craft Shows, trunk shows and farmer's markets - please visit our Facebook page for the latest updates!
Gallery Showings & Acknowledgements:
Big Ol' Steamrolling Print Invitational, MWPAI, July 2017 & 2018
Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce "Area Pride" Small Business Week Award 2018
2018 City Showcase Banner Program - City of Utica
Utica Love's "Bohemian Nights" Exhibit, August 2017
Utica Love Art Exhibit, April 2017
Maria Vallese/Rosa Oliveri Art Exhibit, The Dev, Utica NY March 2016
"Star Wars v. Star Trek" Gallery at the Tech Garden, Syracuse, NY 2016
MadeInUtica.com featured artist 2014
Electric Nostalgia, Solo Exhibit, Urban Headquarters Utica, 2011
2010 RIT Senior Illustrators Exhibit at Gallery R in Rochester, NY