Maria Gisladottir is born in Iceland 1960. She was brought up in Reykjavik. From an early start Maria was drawing, her special interst was The Icelandic Horse. She was inflenced by her artistic mother. Maria studied at Fjölbrautaskólann í Breiðholti(Community College) and The Reykjavík School of Visual Arts. Maria lived in different countrys between 1989-95. Jerusalem Israel, Cairo Egypt and Zagreb Croatia. Then again in 1998-99 in Damascus Syria. Being in different countries has had an inpact on her art.