María Sosa was born in Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico. She studied art at Michoacán University of San Nicolás de Hidalgo. Upon completion of her university studies, she relocated to Mexico City, where she undertook dis-educational studies of Epistemologies of the South, Mexican Anthropology and Feminisms of the South.
Her work comes from a search for the colonial past and the ways in which it establishes contemporary occurrences and social dynamics. It emphasizes the processes that emerged from the colonization of the Americas, such as the epistemicide of pre-Hispanic worlds, racism, sexism and erasure of non-Western knowledge and ways of life.
Her artistic practice is based on her research on the Ecology of Knowledge as well as the exploration of the production techniques for pre-Hispanic and contemporary ritual objects.
She has had solo exhibitions in Solo Show Zurich t ARTEBA, curated by José Luis Blondet, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2019; and in Parque Galería, The Enemy Within, the Enemy Without, Mexico City, 2019. She has participated in group shows at La Désse Verte, Lille, France, curated by Dorothée Dupuis; Eldorado, Lasécu Artothèque, Lille, France; ARCOmadrid, Madrid, Spain, curated by Tiago de Abreu; Venice International Performance Art Week, Palazzo Mora, 2016, curated by Jessica Berlanga; Museo Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, 2016; University Museum for Contemporary Art (MUAC), Mexico City, 2014; HEAD Genove école d'art et de design, Geneva, Switzerland, 2014; the Juan José Arreola Lake House, Mexico City, 2014; Art Center Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin, Germany, 2013; University Museum of Arts and Sciences (MUCA), Mexico City, 2012; and in the Museum of Modern Art, Mexico City, 2010.
She was a collaborator on the collective poem Revolución 2014 for the Post platform at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). In 2012 the Royal College of London’s ARC Magazine published an article about her collaborative work with artist Noé Martínez. María Sosa was a participant in the National Fund for Culture and Arts’ Young Creators Program in 2016-2017. She also received support from the Bancomer MACG Contemporary Art Program and an Adidas-Border Grant in 2014-2015. She was artist-in-residence at the Saint-Étienne School of Art and Design in France in 2014. She co-directed the short film The Word of the Cave, which won the Ojo Award and the Alba Brothers Award for best short film at the Morelia International Film Festival in 2017.