Mary Zio graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Art from Purchase College, outside of NY City in 1989, and had a two year apprenticeship with Bruce Bleach (internationally known Printmaker and painter). “ When I was an art student, I quickly fell in love with all aspects of printmaking (intaglio, etching, monotype, silkscreen, lithography, woodcut, offset and paper making). I was instantly fascinated with the process of creating art, appreciating the step by step process in order to achieve the final result. Printmaking led to painting, by way of the creation of monotypes. The freedom of painting and the process of printmaking, all rolled into one, creating monotypes led to directly painting on canvas, no need of a press, but I still think like a printmaker, and approach the canvas in that fashion.”
Over the years, Mary's artworks have been displayed at various galleries, museums , and shops in New York and North Carolina, including the Everson Museum in Syracuse, N.Y. and the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, N.C..
In 2016, Mary opened Phthalo Blue Art Gallery in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.. “The gallery was fun, but I realized that running a gallery was not my passion, my passion was in the creative process”.
You can also see Mary’s artwork throughout the 2017 Southern Living Idea Home, on Bald Head Island, where the owner/builder commissioned twenty-four permanent artworks for the home.