Born in the United States with Costa Rican parents, Maria Chaverri grew up in a household that was not entirely one or the other. Her multicultural upbringing, speaking Spanish with family, English with classmates, and traveling across the international borders between her two homes generated her interest in travel from a young age. Travel was never a choice, but an accepted and cherished part of life. Never fully an Okie, an American, nor a Costa Rican, travel became a means to the discovery of self. Her journey as an artist took hold at the Maryland Institute College of Art where she earned her BFA in Fiber Arts and a Masters in Professional Studies in the Business of Art and Design. For five years, from 2013 to 2018, she lived in Japan and explored Southeast Asia solo. Her most memorable stories come from volunteering at Kuro Coffee Shop in Sakaiminato, Japan. The regulars at Kuro, who were primarily local grandpas, or Ojiichans, were eager to practice their English, teach the local dialect, and learn about the foreigner in their tiny city. Chaverri, engulfed by her new family, turned to photography and writing to capture their fascinating stories and share her own adventures. Now that she has returned to Oklahoma, she works to capture the fascinating and forgotten stories of the people and places in Oklahoma.


When I first began to travel solo, my journeys were destination oriented. Over time and over countless road trips in Japan, swaying train rides in India, and horrifying ferry voyages in the Philippines, I grew more interested in the people and the objects of every day life. This is when I discovered that my art making and travel have many similarities. Both encompass an exploration of self and are greatly affected by chance. I have little interest in staging a photo, but act more as a quiet observer. I wait for the world to show me its wrinkles, bruises, and blemishes. I engage people with whom I cannot communicate with through a common language. And I open my heart to all people and places, so that I uncover the majestic qualities of this earth. With strong composition and simple subject matter, I take foreign imagery and make it relatable. My art is humanity.


Rooted’s Artist in Residence program came into fruition after CEO, Bruce Waight, saw a need to support local artists of color. Artists in the program are invited to display and sell their artwork through a solo exhibit at Rooted - free of charge and all while keeping 100% of any sales. With an average of 550 visits a month by clients from all walks of life, through the Artist in Residence program artists are positioned to take to share their work in a highly visible, diverse community space all while extending the world of art to non-traditional groups.

It has been an honor hosting local sketch artist, Rico Young, as Rooted’s first artist in the program. Here are some of the outcomes from Rico has achieved by being a part of the program. Congratulations, Rico!

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ARTIST TALK 11.17.18

Beautiful night with OKC’s most beautiful people. Thank you again to everyone who came out and supported Young Portraits/ Rico's Art opening night as our first Artist in Residence. Two pieces have already sold and the others are still available for purchase anytime during our operating hours. We are honored to host Rico’s first solo exhibit and excited for the community to continue to experience it. #cutsandculture






At a young age I can always remember being fascinated with art. My mother Joyce was an artist, I can remember her sketching police cars and other things. My mother inspired me to start sketching, at the age of five she taught me how to draw a muscle man. I was so amazed as to how easy she made it look to draw, so I started drawing as much as I could. I remember seeing a drawn portrait of my parents, it inspired me so much.

As a student growing up in school I would find myself drifting off and sketching in class, which sometimes got me into a lot of trouble. I continued to draw, as my passion grew so did my love for art. I started sketching automobiles, then portraits as many of my friends who were having babies. I just never stopped drawing and art became an addiction.

Later on, I got married and had two kids named Letrae and Malik and I drew portraits of them and gave them as gifts to their grandparents. My wife at that time started showing my art to others which led to many of my first commissions. I was so blown away that people loved my art just much as I did, and were willing to pay for it. The lord has giving me a gift, and he has blessed me in many ways of seeing how I bless others with art. I see art as a journey and I can’t wait to see where my career leads me.

My main inspirations are My lord, my mother, my family, a Russian painter named Slava, Nick Wu, and Carrivagio. I’m still growing as an artist and can’t wait to reach a level in which I can make a difference, and inspire others.