Exiled from Spain in 1949 after years spent resisting Franco’s
regime, her pastor father and teacher mother found refuge in
Argentina. On Christmas Day the following year in Buenos Aires,
Maria Amaral was born. In 1967, it was her turn to experience exile
when she and her family were forced to flee from Argentina. France
welcomed them and they settled in Strasbourg, before she left for
Paris and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, where she earned an honours
degree in fine art, setting up her future as an artist.