María José Machado has a Master in Theory and Philosophy of Art and a BA in Visual Arts specializing in Applied Arts and is an artist, manager, professor, and cultural producer. As an artist, she focuses on action, performance, and installation art. She has participated in several exhibitions such as the DEFORMES Performance Biennial, Chile (2016); the first Interdicta Performance Festival of Bolivia (2018); and the International Cuenca Biennial, Ecuador (2018), where she was named artist of the year. She was also the recipient of the CIFO Grants & Commissions Program Award (2018), which culminated with an exhibition at El Museo del Barrio in New York. Machado’s work has been shown in Colombia, Bolivia, the US, Mexico, France, Chile, Argentina, and Spain. Currently her artistic practice examines the idea of art as a social function, while as a cultural manager she is interested in the research and application of a creative circular economy.