A winner of three consecutive Calouste Gulbenkian (Shell oil and gas company) Scholarship Awards in Piano Performance (Lisbon, Portugal) and a recipient of four consecutive R.P. Shafer (U.S. Governor of Pennsylvania, U.S. Navy intelligence) Scholarship Awards while a student at The Juilliard School, Maria Andriasova-Esparza (Andreasian) was instrumental in securing major grants, including The Initiative Recovery Award from The Fund for The City of New York and George Soros Open Society Foundation as well as grants from The Neuberger Berman Foundation, as a volunteer Board Member for The Highbridge Voices, an after-school music and academic program for over 200 at-risk youths in The South Bronx.  

Born in Moscow into a family of celebrated scientists and musicians, Maria Andriasova-Esparza is a graduate of The Juilliard School in New York. Her grandfather is the geo-botanist, embryologist and ecologist Professor Leonid Vasilievich Kudryashov (Леонид Васильевич Кудряшов), Head of The Department of Higher Plants at The Moscow State Lomonosov University.  Her Great-Grandfather was the visionary ecologist, chemist, Professor Veniamin Ivanovich Lebedev. Maria is married to The Smithsonian Institution's public art sculptor and artist Guillermo Esparza.  


A visionary in the world of public art in the United States, Guillermo Esparza is the first co-recipient of the "Percent-For-Art" public commissions from the State of Arizona for his two monumental sculptures, part of Smithsonian Museum: "Celebrate The Arts!", Demeester Outdoor Performance Center, Reid Park, and "Follow The Yellow Brick Road", Reid Park Zoo, Tucson, Arizona.  

Internationally recognized, Guillermo Esparza's original art is in the permanent collections at The Vatican Museum in Rome, The Phanar Museum in Istanbul, Turkey, The United States National Archives, The Smithsonian Institution, numerous cathedrals, churches, museums, universities, monasteries, seminaries, as well as public and private collections. As an ecumenicist, Mr. Esparza's commissions for murals, sculptures and full shrines come from many denominations, and his original works are installed in Episcopal, Roman Catholic, Byzantine-Catholic, and Greek Orthodox Churches. 

Guillermo Esparza is the subject of the documentary film by Studio International (Los Angeles, CA), an affiliate of The Studio literary magazine, established by Oscar Wilde and Aubrey Beardsley (London, UK). The film was released and premiered at St. Patrick's Old Cathedral for its 200-year anniversary after the historic Mass delivered by Timothy Cardinal Dolan. New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg honored Guillermo Esparza for his sacred art exhibit "Arcanum Angelorum" ("Mystery of the Angels").

Guillermo Esparza's honors for his art and humanitarian work come from many, including His All Holiness Bartholomew I, His Holiness Pope John Paul II, New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Edward Cardinal Egan, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, U.S. Navy (for his Centennial Monument dedicated to the U.S. Navy's shipbuilders, Bath Iron Works for General Dynamics defense contractor, part of Smithsonian), U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama, Senator Bernie Sanders, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, and others. 

Born in San Antonio, TX, raised in San Francisco, CA, Guillermo Esparza attended UC Berkeley and originally studied literature and chemistry, while working for NASA as a communications engineer. He studied architecture with his grandfather, Don Benito Hernandez y Quiroz (Paris, France - Edinburgh, Scotland - Mexico City, D.F., Mexico).  Guillermo Esparza is married to The Juilliard School piano virtuoso Maria Andriasova-Esparza.



·U.S. National Archives, since 2001
·The Vatican, Rome, Italy, since 1995
·The Phanar, Istanbul, Turkey, since 1995
·Smithsonian American Art Museum, since 1982

·His Holiness, the late Pope John Paul II, Bishop of Rome, 1995
·His All Holiness, Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, 1995
·His Eminence, the late Cardinal O’Connor, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York, NY, 1996
·His Eminence, Cardinal Pio of Samoa, 1999
·His Eminence, the late Archbishop Iakovos, Greek Orthodox Church, New York, NY, 1995
·Father Alexander Karloutsos, Office of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, New York, NY, 1997
·Rev. Father Isaias, Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Guadalajara, Mexico, 1997
·Mr. Xenophon Galinas, Olympic Tower, New York, NY  1996
·Communicants of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, Baltimore, MD, 1996

Catholic Center at New York University, New York, NY
Church of St. Paul The Apostle, New York, NY
·Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, New York, NY
·The Basilica ofSt. Patrick's Old Cathedral, New York, NY
·The Church of the Holy Innocents, New York, NY
·St. Markella’s Cathedral, Astoria, NY
·Cathedral of St. John the Theologian, Tenafly, NJ
·The Cathedral of the Incarnation, Episcopal Diocese of Long Island, Garden City, NY
·The Vatican, Rome, Italy
·The Phanar, Istanbul, Turkey
·St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York, NY
·The Cathedral of the Annunciation, Baltimore, MD
·S.S. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Somerset, NJ
·Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church, New York, NY
·St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, New York, NY
·Church of the Resurrection Byzantine Catholic Church, Smithtown, NY
·St. Mary of the Assumption Byzantine Catholic Church, Trenton, NJ
·St. Elias Byzantine Catholic Church, Brooklyn, NY
·St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, Dunellen, NJ
·St. George’s Byzantine Catholic Church, Linden, NJ
·St. Philip in the Foothills Episcopal Church, Tucson, AZ

Artist-in-residence, the Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, Manhattan, New York - present
Capomaestro, Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, Manhattan, New York - 2008 - 2009
Proclamation from the Mayor of New York Michael R. Bloomberg - 2009
Commendation from His All Holiness The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, Istanbul, Turkey - 1995
Public Art Fund Award, Tucson AZ - 1986          Arizona Contractors' Landscape Award, Rodgers, Gladwin, and Harmony Landscape Architects, Tucson, AZ, 1985
First co-recipient of “One-percent-for-the-arts” commission in the Southwest US, 1987, Reid Park Outdoor Center for the Performing Arts, Tucson, Arizona,
1986; Celebration of the Arts, architecture-linked bas relief panel in cast stone, 8' x 16' x 6"
Tucson Parks and Recreation commission
Gerald Peters Collection, main fountain, Sena Plaza, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Chamber of Commerce, Bath, ME commission
Arizona Contractors’ Landscape Award, David Mehl Residence — in a team with Rodgers, Gladwin and Harmony, Landscape Architects design, Tucson,
Arizona, 1985
Bath Iron Works Corporation, Bath, Maine, 1984; Shipbuilder’s Monument, marble and granite, 8' x 8' x 2' (collaboration)
David Mehl Residence, Tucson, Arizona, 1985; courtyard fountain of sandstone and marble, 8' x 42" x 8'
Reid Park Zoo, Tucson, Arizona, 1986; Follow the Yellow Brick Road, sign-sculpture in cast stone, 10' x 46" x 12"
Tucson National Resort and Spa, Tucson, Arizona, 1986; The Tree of Life, three-tiered fountain, 7.5' x 11.5' x 7.5'
Shomac Corporation, Tucson, Arizona, 1986; interior sculpture of marble, 2' x 18' x 2'
JNC Corporation, Tucson, Arizona, 1986; interior fountain, marble, 8' x 5' x 8'
Aries Enterprises, Tucson, Arizona, 1986; four stone entrance monuments, 11" x 12' x 11' ea.
St. Phillips in the Hills Episcopal Church, Tucson, Arizona, 1986; painting and restoration
Lloyd Wells Residence, Falmouth Yacht Club, Falmouth, Maine, 1987, carved bas-relief of seascape

Guillermo Esparza 
Smithsonian Institution's Public Art Sculptor, Artist, Iconographer