Artist Statement
  • I was born in Elmwood Park, New Jersey, USA, and in my early 20s moved to Zurich, Switzerland, where I studied photography at the Zurich University of the Arts. After 8 years in Switzerland, I returned to United States and opened my photography studio in San Francisco, where I photographed international advertising and fashion campaigns. I transitioned from photographing fashion models to photographing real women. I wanted to celebrate the beauty of women in all shapes and sizes. My photography work became the inspiration for the Dove Campaign on Real Women, Real Beauty which transformed the way women are viewed in the global media. In 2005, I relocated my studio to the Miami area and deeply immersed myself into fine art photography and filmmaking.
    While the foundation of my work is photography, investigations into video and large-scale installations have expanded my visual world. By immersing myself into the world of new technologies and shifting between the mediums, new opportunities for rewarding and creative collaborations have occurred for large-scale installations.

    • Permanent Collection Frost Museum, Miami & Coral Springs Museum of Art
    • Group Exhibition at The Louvre Museum, Paris
    • Traveling International Group Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome, Miami New Media Festival, Curatorial Thesis on Water, Climate Change & Communities, Video Installations
    • Montefiore Medical Center, Radiation & Oncology Dept., Permanent Collection
    • Solo Exhibition Miami International Airport through March, 2017
    • PBS, Filmmaker Project: featured Filmmaker, Funded by National Endowment for the Arts
    • Auctioned at Sothebys New York
    • Exhibited at major art fairs worldwide including Art Miami, Scope NY, Art Toronto, Art London and Art Shanghai
    • Video Installation, Submerge, Canvas Outdoor Museum, Public Art Installation, City of West Palm Beach

    Cheryl Maeder, Abstract Photographer & Filmmaker

    The Making Of, Enchanted – Documentary

    Featured On Artsy Shark


    I am a Fine Art Photographer and Video Installation Artist. The core of my work has always been about “connection”; the innate connection to the self, each other and to all other life forms on this planet. I am not separate from nature. I am nature, the environment and the infinite universe.

    Through continuous experimentation, I have developed an identifiable, idiosyncratic and dream-like approach to my work in both photography and filmmaking. I utilize my camera as a precision instrument to replace the traditional tools of an artist’s studio, such as brushes and paint. I focus my camera on the otherworldliness between reality and the abstract. In my anonymous world, faces and bodies seem to melt into the subliminal.




    151 Arlington Road
    West Palm Beach, FL 33405


    Born in Passaic New Jersey, United States & Swiss Citizenship



    Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland


    Exhibitions & Features



    Art Palm Beach, Sultan Delon Fine Art, Palm Beach, Fl.

    Art Palm Beach,Flow Video Art Pavilion, curated by Erich Weiss, Curator at Large, Picasso Museum, Barcelona & Rotterdam’s The New Institute: Museum for Architecture, Design & Digital Culture


    Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome, Italy, Miami New Media Film Festival, Public Art Platform, Art & Technology, Curated Thesis on Water, Climate Change & Communities Traveling Group Exhibition (Bogota, Caracas, Valencia, Miami, Santo Domingo, San Nicolas & Rome)

    Re: Artiste, Transformation Group Exhibition, New York, New York

    Cornell Art Museum, Flora Exhibition, featured ‘Enchanted’ – A conceptual forest installed by Cheryl Maeder & Diane Arrieta

    Montefiore Medical Center, Radiation & Oncology , THE VOYAGE Video Installation Permanent Collection

    PBS, Filmmaker Project:  Featured Filmmaker, Funded by National Endowment of the Arts

    ConcreteSpace Gallery/Doral Contemporary Art Museum, Group Exhibition,Curated Thesis on Water, Climate Change & Communities, Miami, Fl.

    Art Wynwood/Art Miami, Galerie Mark Hachem/Paris, Miami, Fl.

    Arts Warehouse, SOCIAL CODE Group Exhibition, Video Installation, I Am Climate Change, Delray Beach, Fl.

    Art Palm Beach, Gallery Vivendi/Paris, Palm Beach, Fl.

    Lighthouse Art Center, Group Exhibition, Jupiter, Fl.

    Armand Bolling Fine Art, Solo Exhibition, Jupiter, Fl.



    Scope Art Fair, MH Projects/Paris, Miami

    Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Fl., Artist Lecture,

    ArtSpot 2017 Art Project, Curator Aldo Castillo, Miami

    Endangered Fine Art Exhibition, benefiting Center for Great Apes, Miami, Fl.

    “Art After Dark”, featured Artist, Boca Raton Museum of Art

    Cornell Art Museum, Group Exhibition “Looking Back”, Delray Beach, Fl.

    Art Wynwood 2017, Galerie Mark Hachem, Miami, Fl.

    Coral Springs Museum of Art, A Survey of Collected Worksfrom the Permanent Collection

    “Gritty in Pink” Group Exhibition, Bailey Contemporary Arts, curated by Lisa Rockford & Megan Castellon, Pompano Beach, Fl.

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery, 7th Annual “Figurative” 2017 Exhibition

    Art Boca Raton, Vivendi Galerie/Paris

    Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary, Art Miami Fair, Galerie Mark Hachem

    Art Palm Beach, Galerie Mark Hachem/Paris & Armand Bolling Fine Art

    Berlin Film Festival, Video Installation PLAY, Berlin, Germany

    Austria National Film Festival, Video Installaton PLAY, Vienna, Austria



    Scope Art Fair, Miami, Galerie Mark Hachem/Paris

    Artist Lecture at NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale, Fl.

    Miami International Airport, Solo Exhibition, Selected b The Fine Art & Cultural Affairs Board of MIA

    Public Art Installation, City of West Palm Beach, Downtown Development Authority

    Now or Neverland Art Fair, Urban Uproar, Miami Urban Contemporary, I Am Climate Change Video Installation, Miami, Fl.

    Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, Video Installation PLAY

    Public Art Video Installation, Canvas Outdoor Museum, City of West Palm Beach,

    Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival

    Miami Film Festival, Semi-Finalist, Video Installation, Submerge

    Manhattan Arts International, “New Beginnings” Exhibition, Award of Excellence, New York, New York

    Art Palm Beach 2016, Galerie Mark Hachem/Paris

    Art Wynwood 2016, Galerie Mark Hachem/Paris

    Armand Bolling Fine Art, Group Exhibition, Jupiter, Fl.

    Water Works, Global, Interactive Online Platform & Forum, Curated by Lila Moore, Video Installation Submerge selected for Exhibition

    The Shivaji 2016, International Rising Waters Confab, Rauschenberg Residency, Curators Glenn Weiss and Buster Simpson, Captiva Island, Fl, Finalist, Submerge Installation

    Coral Springs Museum of Art, permanent collection, Coral Springs, Fl.

    Palm Beach State College Art Gallery, Group Exhibition



    Louvre Museum, Group Exhibition, See.Me. Body Collection, The Fifth Annual Exposure Award

    Pubic Art Video Installation“Submerge”, City of West Palm Beach, Canvas Outdoor Museum

    Scope Art Fair 2015, Miami, Galerie Mark Hachem/Paris

    NEXT Gallery, Plural Unique Group Exhibition, Piacenza, Italy

    Ca’D’Oro Gallery, New York Group Exhibition “Breaking Surface”

    Cornell Art Museum, Group Exhibition EXXpectations, featuring female contemporary artists who defy convention, Delray Beach, Fl.

    Armory Art Center, The Artists of Art Salon: A Collective Dialogue, Group Exhibition, West Palm Beach, Fl.

    Art London 2015, Galerie Mark Hachem/Paris

    Art Southampton Fair, NY, group exhibition with Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and René Magritte

    Palm Beach Cultural Council Biennial 2015, Best in Show Award, group exhibition, video installation

    Palm Beach International Airport, Palm Beach County, Art in Public Places,

    “Art at the Airport” Group Exhibition

    Art Miami, New York, Galerie Mark Hachem/Paris

    Art Wynwood, Miami, Fl.

    The Gaia Effect, Women Artists in Support of Climate Changes curated by Sarah Belden Fine Art Advisory

    Stinson Beach Gallery, “Speaking In Dreams” exhibition, Stinson Beach, CA

    Pelican Grand Hotel Resort and Spa, Solo Exhibition, Fort Lauderdale, Fl.

    SW Florida Art & Design Show, Aldo Castilloy Gallery, Naples, Fl.

    Art Stage Art Fair, Singapore



    Scope Art Fair 2014, Miami, Fl.

    Galerie Mark Hachem, Beirut, Lebanon, group exhibition

    Anne Loucks Gallery, Chicago, Il, group exhibition

    Art Southampton, NY

    Scope Art Fair, NY

    Art Wynwood Art Fair, Miami, Fl.

    LACDA 2014 Top 40 Juried Group Exhibition, Jurors Joanna Szupinska-Myers,

    CA Museum of Photography & Ryan Linkof, LA County Museum of Art

    Armory Art Center, Fashion ARTillery, Solo Exhibition of Video Installations

    Art Palm Beach 2014, Palm Beach, Fl.

    Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Benefit entitled The Hot 100 International Emerging Artists curated by Sarah Belden Fine Art Advisory

    Hamburg Kennedy Special curated Photography Exhibition benefiting Foster Care, featuring Diane Arbus, Sally Mann and Martin Parr

    Tapestry Gallery, Squint Showcase, Group Exhibition, London, England

    Orange Fine Art, Boca Raton, FL



    Scope Art Fair 2013 Miami, FL

    Palm Beach State College, Art Gallery at Eissey Campus, Group Exhibition,“No Boundaries”,Video Installation, Palm Beach, Fl.

    Florida Museum for Women Artists, Juried Competition, Deland, Florida

    Anne Loucks Gallery, Chicago, IL

    Art Southampton, NY

    Scope Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland

    Art Paris, France

    Curator’s Voice Art Projects, Icons & Images Exhibition 2013, Miami, Fl, Curated by Dr. Milagros Bellow, Ph.D.

    Curator’s Voice Art Projects, Modern-Postmodern Exhibition 2013, Miami, Fl, Curated by Dr. Milagros Bello, Ph.D.

    Scope New York 2013 Art Fair, New York, NY

    Art Wynwood 2013, Miami, FL

    Art Palm Beach 2013, Palm Beach, FL

    ArtHouse 429, Inaugural Exhibition, West Palm Beach, FL



    Scope Miami 2012 Art Fair, Miami, FL

    Overture Art Fair 2012, Miami, FL

    Sohotel Artspace Gallery, Group Exhibition “New Horizon: Collective Exhibition,”  New York, NY

    On the Map Exhibition, Juried Competition, Video Installation, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL, curated by Roger Ward, Bass Museum, Miami, FL

    Hamptons Designer Showcase presented by Traditional Home Magazine, Katie Leede Interior Designer, Hamptons, New York

    Boca Raton Museum of Art,  61st Annual All Florida Juried Exhibition curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver, senior curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston

    (S)ML Exhibit, US & Asia Tour, curated by Inez Suen, Director of International Chinese Fine Arts Council

    Whitespace, The Mordes Collection, Outside the Box, Video Installation, West Palm Beach, FL

    Palm Beach Art & Antique Fair, Galerie Mark Hachem/Paris, Palm Beach, FL

    Galerie Mark Hachem, Work on Exhibit, Paris, France & Beirut, Lebanon



    Art London 2011, London, England

    Art Greenwich, 2011, Greenwich, CT

    Galerie Mark Hachem, Beirut, Lebanon, Group Show titled “Retro-Active”

    LMNT Gallery, Exhibition “What Appears To Be”, Miami, Fl. Curated by Daniella Sforza

    JF Gallery, “Inward & Outward” Exhibition, West Palm Beach Fl.

    Miami International Airport, VIP Lounge

    Art Chicago 2011, Chicago, Illinois

    Columbus Museum, Exhibition Juried by Steven High, Director of

    TelFair Museum, Savannah

    The Whitney, Color & Light Exhibition, curated by Bruce Helander, West Palm Beach, FL

    Art Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, FL

    Housing Works, Design on a Dime Designer Showcase with Nate Berkus, NY 2011



    Sotheby’s Private Auction for CCBF, New York, NY

    Galerie Mark Hachem, Solo Exhibition, Paris, France

    Art Miami 2010, Miami, FL

    Miami International Art Fair, Miami, FL

    Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair, Istanbul, Turkey

    Armory Art Center, New Art, juried by Gallery Director Fredric Snitzer, Miami, FL

    Palm Beach International Airport, Palm Beach, Fl.

    Shanghai Art Fair, China, Curator’s Voice Art Projects, Milagros Bello, Curator

    The Deceptive Eye 2010, Curator’s Voice Projects, Miami, Milagros Bello, Curator

    Art Hamptons International Art Fair, Bridgehampton, NY

    Nathan D. Rosen Museum, Boca Raton, FL

    Art Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, FL

    Scripps Research Institute Installation, Florida



    Chelsea-Galleria-Wynwood by Oxenberg Fine Art, Miami, FL

    Armory Art Center, juried by Bernice Steinbaum Gallery

    Art Hamptons Art Fair, Bridgehampton, NY

    Elaine Baker Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida

    Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Private Auction

    Palm Beach 3 Contemporary Art Fair, Florida

    Art DC Art Fair, Washington D.C.



    Palm Beach International Airport, Palm Beach, Fl.

    Art London, England, UK

    Red Dot Art Fair, Miami, Florida

    Toronto International Art Fair, Canada

    Galerie Mark Hachem, Group Exhibition, New York, NY

    Seth Jason Beitler Gallery, Group Exhibition, Miami, FL

    Armory Art Center, The Edge Exhibit, juried by Bonnie Clearwater,

    Director of Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami

    Bakehouse Art Complex, Group Exhibition, Miami, Florida



    Palm Beach International Airport, presented by Palm Beach County for the Arts

    Cooper Union, Group Exhibition, New York, New York



    San Francisco Art Commission, City Hall, San Francisco, CA



    Spanish Embassy, Solo Exhibition, Washington DC

    San Francisco Academy of Fine Art, Group Exhibition, San Francisco, CA



    Stephen Wirtz Gallery, Group Exhibition, San Francisco, CA


    Permanent Collections

    The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, Miami FL

    Coral Springs Museum of Art, Coral Springs FL


    Awards & Recognition

    Artist Talk & Panel Discussion at Gables Stage & ConcreteSpace Gallery, New Media Film Festival,  Public Art Platform, Art & Technology, Curated Thesis on Water, Climate Change & Communities, Miami, Fl.

    PBS, Selected for Filmmaker Project:  Featured Filmmaker, Funded by National Endowment of the Arts

    CODAWorx, Online Platform, Global Art & Design Projects, CODAmagazine, Interactive Art III

    Artist Lecture at Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Fl.

    Manhattan Arts International, “New Beginnings” Exhibition 2016-2017, Award of Excellence, New York, New York

    Artist Lecture at Bailey Arts Contemporary 2016, Art + Tech in South Florida, Transforming S.T.E.M to S.T.E.A.M

    Fine Art Photography Awards, Recipient 2016

    NSU Art Museum 2016, Fort Lauderdale, Fl., Artist Lecture

    Water Works 2016, Global, Interactive, curated Online Exhibition and Forum,Video Installation, Submerge

    Cornell Museum of Art, Selected for Panel 2015, Artist Talk: Conversations With Women in Arts, Delray Beach, Fl.

    Art Miami/Art Southampton Art Fair, Cheryl Maeder’s photographs selected to represent Art Southampton Fair 2015 worldwide in all their media.

    Bailey Contemporary Arts, Selected as Juror for Artist-In-Residency Program, Pompano Beach, Fl.

    Palm Beach Cultural Council Biennial 2015, Best of Show Award for Video Installation, PLAY

    Moscow International Foto Awards 2014

    Hamburg Kennedyspecial curated Photography Exhibition benefiting Foster Care featuring Diane Arbus, Sally Mann and Martin Parr

    Palm Beach Juried Competition Selected Artist representing Palm Beach, Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce 2014

    Palm Beach Juried Competition Selected Artist representing Palm Beach, Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce 2014

    Exposure 2013 4th Annual Photography International Competition, See.Me Exhibition Gallery, New York, 2013

    Art Takes Miami 2012, Finalist, Juried Competition by Artists Wanted & Scope Art Fair

    Exposure 2012, 4th Annual Juried Competition, Celebrating the Power of the Image, 2012

    Artoteque International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Award of Excellence, 2010

    Hasselblad Lurzer’s International Screenings Award, 2010

    International Color Awards Photography Masters Cup, 2009

    Women in Photography International Photography Award, Los Angeles, CA 2008



    Light– A Journal of Photography & Poetry, Issue entitled Wisdom, New York Published in New York


    Teaching & Public Service

    City of West Palm Beach Cultural Affairs Council Member appointed by Mayor Jeri Muoio, ongoing

    Cornell Museum Art School, Instructor, Photography As Art Workshop, Delray Beach,Fl.

    National Society Of Arts and Letters, High School Photography Competition, Held at Florida Atlantic University, Juror for Competition, Boca, Fl.

    Arthur R. Marshall Foundation –Everglades Photography Workshop Mentoring Children, 2009-2012

    Photography & Design Workshop, MIArt Youth Art Mentoring Program at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami, 2011

    Brigham Young University, Photography Workshops, 2000 – 2003

    Academy of Art College, San Francisco, CA, Photography Workshops, 2002