Maria Photinakis (she/her) is an illustrator and comic book artist exploring science fiction and autobiographical narratives about resilience, alienation, and self-discovery.
Liminal State, her comic on grief and post-partum anxiety, won a Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo 2019 grant. For over a year and a half, she documented her life with a young child during the COVID19 pandemic in a visual journal called “Extraordinary Times,” and received a grant via the Massachusetts Cultural Council for this work.
She is developing a children’s book in English that explores on several traditional Greek folk songs and stories, primarily from the Ottoman era, many of which her parents told her in her own childhood. In addition, she is working on a YA graphic novel about growing up in an immigrant household, feeling torn between cultures while trying to live up to high expectations, and finding the courage to find your own way.
She lives in Waltham, Massachusetts and has a B.A. in Journalism from UMass Amherst.