Maria Roosen was born in Oisterwijk, The Netherlands, in 1957. She currently lives and works in Arnhem, The Netherlands. She graduated from the Arnhem Academy of Art and Design in 1983. Roosen’s art encompasses watercolours, objects, and installations. Amongst her favourite materials for installations are glass, ceramics, textiles, and natural elements like wood and trees. To produce her works, she focuses on the execution process, on the interaction between objects, human manipulation, and creativity like, for example, blowing glass into a pair of sandals or around a tree. In this way, not everything can be conceptualized beforehand; the materials can react in unexpected ways and unforeseen shapes can happen that become part of the artwork itself. Roosen has participated in major international exhibitions at such prominent museums and galleries as the Kunsthal, Rotterdam; Nationaal Glasmuseum, Leerdam; 21_21 Design Sight, Tokyo; Groninger Museum, Groningen; Glazen Huis, Lommel; Museum Kunst Palast, Dusseldorf; and Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam.
Her works can be found in prestigious collections at the Groninger Museum, AKZO Nobel Art Foundation, and Museum Moderne Kunst, Belgium; Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; and Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem.