Meet Your Representative Deda Maldonaldo

Deda Maldonaldo

Mexico, South America, Central America, & Caribbean

I am from Brazil and came to the United States because in 1996 I fell in love with a wonderful American, now my husband. Prior to moving to Miami, I used to run my own company in Rio de Janeiro.  It was a technology start-up focused on the arts and education, offering learning opportunities to students, teachers, and local and private schools.  Art has been a very important part of my life as my mother, Christina Hermes, is a renowned Brazilian painter.  She has held exhibitions in Brazil, US and around the world. Her paintings are in many countries.

My mother's art inspires my own view of the world. I grew up surrounded by fabrics, colors, art materials, and objects that were an inspiration for my mother and for me as a child. And, having grown up in one of the most colorful cities in the world, Rio de Janeiro, I had the bright yellow of the sun, the various hues of green and blue in the sea, the white of the sand, the red of the umbrellas on the beach and the many colors of the flowers and birds to inspire me on a daily basis. I didn't know it then but now I know that this exposure to art and beauty in nature in my daily life prepared me to be a fiber artist today. 

I was first introduced to quilts in 2010 and joined different groups of quilters associations.  Quilting then became an important part of my life. One day, after showing my work at one of the guilds where I am a member, I was invited to join the Miami Art Quilters where I was introduced to this innovative and creative way of quilting and realized that I had found my way in quilting from then on.

It was like discovering a new world. I had a lot to learn and I was in a hurry so I dedicated myself to learn the most I could about art quilts.  I took classes; I researched; I learned a lot from books, Internet and Internet videos, from websites, to conversations with my art quilter colleagues as well as artists I met through social networks and visiting Quilt Shows and Fiber Art Exhibits.  I was and I am still passionate about art quilts.

First I was quilting my own art works, but after curating a   Miami Art Quilters  Exhibit at the Marco Island  Historical Museum, I discovered that besides loving to create my art quilts, I also enjoyed very much to promote art quilting. 

Once I learned about SAQA, an initiative that brings information and opportunities to art quilters all around the world, I knew I needed to be part of this and I joined.  SAQA has been a wonderful platform for my artistic career as an art quilter and exhibits curator. The challenge is to get information about art quilting to the rest of the world, which is why I am honored and pleased to be a SAQA representative for South and Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. It has been a pleasure to work with very talented art quilters to promote our art through the pivotal role that SAQA plays in the industry.  As you can see, art quilting is a very special part of my life; one that I am very proud to represent.

I have many ideas to develop our region that I would be glad to share with you and it would be great to hear from you and see how we can work together to promote Art Quilting, SAQA and Art Quilters.  Please contact me through my e-mail or through our Regional Blog at



© 2011 Deda Moldonaldo

28" x 33"