Maria Avalos is a Mexican American Illustrator and MICA 2020 graduate. Their art is greatly influenced by Japanese anime and mid-century cartoons such as The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy and Courage the Cowardly Dog. Maria strives to pursue a career in visual development and concept art. Their body of work is greatly influenced by artists such as Ayami Kojima, the original artist for the Castlevania series, Kazuma Kaneko, and Maxwell Atoms. Through their art, Maria often explores themes of fantasy, horror, and overall escapism.