Maria Elvira is a painter most of the time. Her primary work is to be a liaison between New York and Barranquilla, where she lives and works. She was one of the co-creators of an exhibition, Gracias por pensar en mi in 2010. In 2008, she started the Art Experience Institute, an informal art school in Puerto, Colombia. This past September she co-created the exhibition Bahia Cupino, in the beach town of Puerto Colombia, with fellow local artists and invited artist from New York and London.