Maria Sottomayor was born in Porto, in 1982. In 2005 she completed a degree in Fine Arts -Painting and in 2010 a Master's degree in Art Theory and Criticism, both at FBAUP. She is an Art Education tutor, having collaborated over the years with several institutions and companies. She works regularly in the area of illustration, particularly in the TINGO BAU project, which she created from imaginary dialogues between parents and children. She has developed her atelier work in the areas of painting, collage and visual poetry. Since 2011, she has been part of the resident team of the “Arquivo de Memória” project, an online database of intangible heritage where she collects testimonies of life stories.