MJ Atelier

Plaster & watercolour

Maria Apelo Cruz, the creative director of MJ Atelier, is an artist whose skills often seem a rarity in the modern age. Cruz is trained to the highest level in figurative and Old Masters painting, dedicating over thirty years to learning the techniques of artistic forefathers.


Using skills akin to those used by the Renaissance artists, she composes classical scenes to create illusions of space and depth. Cruz is unique in her progressive techniques, having researched and developed an innovative, patented technique for sculptural plaster, which has now become a trademark of her work. 

Example works & projects

Sample Artworks

To fully appreciate the subtle qualities of each artwork, the Artist has produced a small selection of sample artworks for our art consutlancy, available to loan on request. 

About the Artist

Maria Apelo Cruz is a Canadian-born Filipino artist, working from her art studio in Los Angeles, US. She was awarded a Master of Fine Arts from the New York Academy of Art in the 1980s, during its formative years when Andy Warhol was the active founding member.


Recent commissions include: Chateau Frontenac (Quebec, Canada); the Plaza Hotel (New York, US); and the Presidential Palaces (Kazan, Russia). Recognised by discerning art collectors in the Middle East & GCC (Dubai & Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) and internationally, selected collections include: Gucci (New York, US); LinkedIn (San Francisco, US); Columbia Pictures (California, US); Dreamworks (California, US); Sony (New York, US); luxury hotel art projects in the Middle East (Dubai, UAE and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia); and luxury yacht art projects in Europe.