Maria Legat (B. 1980, Villach) lives and works in Vienna and Lower Austria. She graduated from the Ortwein School of Visual Arts in Graz and studied “contextual painting” with Ashley Hans Scheirl at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and “extended painting space” with Daniel Richter. She has always had a passion for drawing and painting in all their variants. Her visual idiom is unmistakable and reflects the socio-political tensions of her surroundings, with a major focus on composition and criticism. Legat has made a name for herself during recent years with large-scale paintings presented at numerous exhibitions and art fairs.