New York Exhibition 2015

Just a Second night MariaJCuesta. Children’s Books. Art. Illustration.

Just a Second

My piece of art “Just to Second” , has been exhibited at Brooklyn Art Library in New York during the month of May (and again in August).

It is the first time that my work is in exhibition in New York and I am very happy to have been selected.

(The exhibition was so well received that was repeated again in August 2015).

Mural Painting at La Paz Hospital MiRobotX

Mural Hosptial La Paz MiRobotX MariaJCuesta

Mural Hospital La Paz

Last April, I was painting a huge mural in one of the walls in the lobby of Children’s Hospital La Paz in Madrid. I had the opportunity to work with the American artist Gary Hirsch whom I learnt a lot from. The goal of this mural is to create awareness about a new project which goal is to diagnose 1000 kids with rare genetic deceases. You can read more about the project here.

It is great to explore how art can help.

During the time we were painting, lots of stories happened around us at the hospital.

Donacion Sangre La Paz

Donacion Sangre La Paz


The girls working for blood donation followed the mural process very close, and they called one of the robots as “Marichu”. In their name, I encourage you to go and donate blood at La Paz. They will take excellent care of you and the hospital needs blood!


Fernando y MariaJCuesta Hospital La Paz

Fernando y MariaJCuesta Hospital La Paz



Fernando is the painter at the hospital (the one with big brushes and rolls). Even though he was a bit overloaded,

He helped us at every moment, providing us materials, clothes, and even food! He is awesome and everybody at the hospital loves him.

The electricians let us one of their most beloved ladders. Thanks a lot! We took care of it with love! 🙂


We had several kids that came to paint. One girl who had surgery the day after and several kids that came for consultation took part in the painting of the big wall. The bodies of some of the robots were painted by them. Thank you for your help!

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MiRobotX La Paz Hospital

MiRobotX La Paz Hospital
















We also had some adults that volunteered to paint. Thank you!!

We had assesors, like Asun, an auxiliary that came several times in order to be sure that all the robots were smiling and some of them had 3 eyes.

MiRobotX MariaJCuesta

MiRobotX MariaJCuesta

And we didn’t miss encouragement from doctors, nurses, auxiliaries, techincians, cleaning, patients, parents, etc.
Many kids were surprised that we were painting on A WALL!! One boy was outraged even though his mother explained that we were allowed to do it, he was not for accepting that we were paintin on A WALL!!

It was a great experience to be part of that wall and listen what the wall does every day.

If you wonder which sentences are the ones we listened the most, these were: “Look! They are painting! It is so pretty! It is cool!”

Afterwards, everybody was trying to find out what we were painting. One boy said it was a mushroom and that made us laugh for hours. They also thought about robots, martians, dolls, bugs, etc.

What about the answers to the questions painted in our robots?

“Who helps you to be brave?” – Every single kid answered “Nobody”, or “Me”, “Me by myself”.
Adults answered the same question in many different ways, but none of the answers given by the kids. They said: “my family”, “my husband”, “God”, “the Lord”, “doctors”, “everybody”…
That made us think a lot. Looks like braveness is something you lose when you get old.

Last, but not least, I would like to send my regards and energy to the 2 parents whose children were in the IC in a very difficult situation. They did not notice me painting the wall, but I suffered listening them talking on the phone with family and friends. Even though I was there like part of the wall, I don’t forget them and I hope they are healthy and back home.

To everybody working at La Paz hospital, to every visitor and patient, thanks a lot for such a funny and rich experience. Thanks a lot for the challenge and for all the smiles.
I hope that our smiling robots, spread smiles to those around and that their magic and strength (those robots are magic) gets into the nearby IC.

BotJoy Collaboration

Spanish Bots

Spanish Bots

Did you find a botjoy? Check this.   Encontraste un botjoy? Pincha aquí.

I learnt about BotJoy last summer by following WDS online. And I inmediately fell in love with them.

Joy Bots are little pieces of art painted on dominos, “programmed” to bring you joy, courage, confidence, help and more.

Luckily, Gary Hirsch, the creator of this amazing idea, provided details on how to make your own and even to “Steal his idea”!!

So I did. I created one for me… then for my kids… then for friends… and now maybe for YOU! 🙂

THANK YOU Gary for letting me be part of the international BotJoy revolution!    #botjoy   @botjoy  @ghirschbotjoy

You will be able to follow in my Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts where I leave the bots. As I frequently travel around Spain, it could be Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, Badajoz, Valladolid, Salamanca, Bilbao… potentially anywhere 🙂

Also if you think you know of somebody that could benefit from a robot in Spain (hospital, kids with special needs associations, etc.) please let me know and let’s find a way to get them some bots.  🙂

To learn more about the international BotJoy army, visit

Cheese Feast little mouse MariaJCuesta. Children’s Books. Art. Illustration.

Cheese and mouse, selected among the best of the week “Feast”

Cheese Feast

Cheese Feast

The Little mouse and the cheese, has been chosen by Tania among the selected illustrations for the week Feast in the 52-week illustration challenge #illo52weeks

I am really honored as the 52-week illustration challenge is a group of over 2000 people and there are lots of amazing illustrators there.

Being part of the group is a great experience but finding your illustration in the shortlist for the week is… WOW….

Thanks a lot!!

Original post can be found here.