Maria Lalic studied Painting at Central School of Art and Design (BA Hons), Chelsea School of Art (MA) and was Fellow in Painting at Bath Academy of Art 1977-8.

Professor Lalic was the co-writer of the Master of Fine Art programme of the School of Art and Design on which she continues to teach and supervises practice led PhD students. She has also taught at The Slade School of Fine Art, Central School of Art and Design and Goldsmiths College and has been external examiner for the PG Diploma programme at Goldsmiths College and PhD at University of Plymouth, Bath Spa University, University of Gloucester, Goldsmiths College, University of London.

In 2003-4 she had AHRB funded research leave for initial work on a project which will result in a new group of paintings called ‘Landscape Paintings’. Her 53 ‘History Paintings’ (1996 -2004) take the histories of pigments as their starting point and the ‘Metal and Colour’ series of paintings, (ongoing) situate paint with the metals from which their pigments derive. Her drawings use all 19 grades of pencil and interrogate the processes of drawing with all combinations of these.

Lalic’s work has been exhibited in many prestigious exhibitions throughout the UK, and Europe and in the US and New Zealand.

She was shortlisted for the Jerwood Painting Prize 1997, has work in public collections in the UK (Tate, Victoria and Albert Museum, Arts Council England) and abroad.