Maria Calandra was born in 1976 in London, England and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She is the artist and writer behind the project Pencil in the Studio which she started in 2011. In this project she spends the day with artists in their studios while drawing their space and talking to them about their life and work. She holds a BFA from Ohio University and received an MFA from Cornell University in 2006. She has shown in both New York City and across the United States previously exhibiting with Andrew Edlin Gallery, Shrine, Romeo, White Columns, Geoffrey Young Gallery and Sardine.