Maricha Oxley

Multi-awarded experimental artist and wood carver

This is My Story


Maricha Oxley has carved and painted for as long as she can remember.  Maricha’s love of art and sculpture started when she was a young child in the Philippines and Spain when she started carving cakes of soap as a 5 year old. Maricha’s talent in sculpting is mostly self taught although she has studied under a number of prominent Spanish and Philipino artists.

Her passion for art, particularly sculpting has continued to grow since she migrated to Australia in 1961. As an accomplished wood sculptor Maricha’s exhibition ARTRICH highlights her journey through wood sculpture.  Maricha’s favourite timbers to work with are Huon Pine, Mahogany, Walnut, Beech, Bush Timbers and Wattle.

Maricha says that her aim is to “make sculpture more spiritual and less materialistic”.  Each piece takes the viewer on a journey into the spirit evoked by the wood and the shapes created out of the wood.  The sculptures reflect a journey such as Clydesdales Pulling a Dray of Silver Ore that depicts the journey of man and his reality.

Maricha Oxley’s love of art and sculpture started when she was a young child in the Philippines and Spain, carving cakes of soap at about 5 years old. When she was a teenager she was awarded a fine arts scholarship to attend the Assumption College, in Manila. Unfortunately she was prevented from pursuing her dream of studying art because of the Second World War.  Maricha is mainly self-taught.  When her family was able to afford it, she took lessons in oil painting from Antonio Garcia Llamas of the Bellas Artes Academia de Sevilla, and attended seminars/lectures by Fernando Zobel, both Spanish painters.  She also received coaching from Manuel Rodriguez, of the University of the Phillippines, at his studio. Her passion for art continued to grow after she migrated to Australia in 1961.

Maricha’s influences are many.  Those dearest to her are Dali, Michaelangelo, Picasso, Julio Gonzalez and Eduardo Chillado.  She has received many awards in recognition of her work over the years.  The most recent was presented by the State Forest of NSW for her sculpture, ‘Hugs and Kisses’.