She was born in Rethymnon, Crete. In 1979 she was enrolled in the Athens School of Fine Arts after winning the first place in the entrance exam. She studied painting under Dimitris Mytaras and Panayiotis Tetsis and, in 1984, she graduated with first class honors. She was awarded several scholarships from IKY (the Foundation of State Scholarships). She has taken part in many group exhibitions in Greece and abroad. She has also given solo exhibitions at Gallery Ora, Gallery Apopsi, Gallery Dimito, Gallery Mylogianni Hania, and Gallery 7 Zalokosta. Her works are to be found in private collections in London, New York, Paris and Edinburgh as well as in Greece in the collections of I. Vorres, V. Frissiras and elsewhere.

It delights me to create images, which give the impression that their subjects have always been right there with their complete physical appearance in all the beauty of their form. My drawings are simple. White cloth, seeds, metal objects, shells and stones without backgrounds in an indeterminate space where light and shadow collaborate in harmony to create islands of calm in such a way that each of these will have its own stability and balance.

Maria Hajiandreou
Athens 2011