Maru López is a Puerto Rican jewelry artist. She holds a BA in Latin American History from the University of Puerto Rico. After some years working in a cultural institution and pursuing her MA in history in Puerto Rico she decided it was time for a change. She embarked for NYC where she obtain a Fashion Degree from Parson School of Design. She returned to her island in 2003, participating in the emerging independent design scene. In 2007, Maru set off for Florence, Italy, where she did a 4-year program in contemporary jewelry at Alchimia Scuola di Gioielleria Contemporanea. After finishing her studies, she remained at the school as part of the faculty. In November 2012, she decided to move once more, settling in San Diego, California, the city which she now calls home. Her work has being exhibited in galleries and museums in Europe, Mexico, the United States, and her home island of Puerto Rico.
In 2019, the William Male Foundation awarded Maru a grant so she could purchase some equipment to expand her design practice. Here's Maru talking about her experience with the William Male Foundation:
Learn more about Maru and see some of her work at her website.