Maria Apelo Cruz has been painting for the interior design, film and television industries in Los Angeles for over 30 years.  A masters graduate of the New York Academy of Art, Maria was a recipient of a full scholarship and attended the academy during its formative years when Andy Warhol was the active founding member.  Maria is highly trained in figurative and old master painting  and sculpture techniques, her ability to create and paint in any style has been a tremendous asset to designers who have collaborated with her on commissions for public spaces, hotels and private homes worldwide.  Maria and husband Mike Jovanovic are the creative force behind MJ Atelier, a company at the forefront of innovative custom handmade wall covering, reverse painted glass and custom furniture available through the design trade.



 

 

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Thank you to Ruth and Hutton Wilkinson for a very special lunch and tour of the Tony Duquette estate and their home - we were completely inspired and overwhelmed by the amazing interiors and garden!!  An afternoon so special we will never forget!

12/01/2018

Thank to Alberto Salaberri for using our "Havana" and "Brutalist" wall coverings at CASACOR MIAMI 2018

05/29/2017

Doing one of our favorite things - SAILING!  
Filming in our studio

12/01/2016

In Memory of our dear friend Mr. William P. Dailey

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Maria Apelo Cruz has been painting for the interior design, film and television industries in Los Angeles for over 30 years.  A masters graduate of the New York Academy of Art, Maria was a recipient of a full scholarship and attended the academy during its formative years when Andy Warhol was the active founding member.  Maria is highly trained in figurative and old master painting  and sculpture techniques, her ability to create and paint in any style has been a tremendous asset to designers who have collaborated with her on commissions for public spaces, hotels and private homes worldwide.  Maria and husband Mike Jovanovic are the creative force behind MJ Atelier, a company at the forefront of innovative custom handmade wall covering, reverse painted glass and custom furniture available through the design trade.