Maria Elvira Escallón was born in 1954 in London, UK, and she currently lives and works in Bogota, Colombia.
Maria Elvira Escallón works around the relation between culture and nature. Her projects often take the shape of sculptural interventions and installations in inaccessible places that the artist documents with photographs. These interventions can be very subtle and almost imperceptible, while sometimes they result in intense and repetitive physical actions. Since 2004 she has being working on a project that addresses the public health system, focusing on the neglect of public hospitals. Her work was been showed in Colombia, the United Kingdom and France, among others.
Part of her solo shows have been exhibited at Museo de Bogotá, Planetario Distrital, Bogotá, Colombia, 2007; Teatro Olympia, Bogotá, Colombia, 2004 and Museo de Arte Universidad Nacional, Bogotá, Colombia, 2006. Some of her group shows have been at Museum of Modern art of Bogotá(2000). She won the Luis Caballero prize in Colombia in 2003
Her work is in the Art Collection of the Banco de la República in Bogotá, Colombia; the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in Colombia; and the University of Essex Collection of Latin American Art.