Maria Kleinschmidt, born 1981, is a Berlin-based visual artist, graphic designer and illustrator. For almost ten years she has been teaching in the field of art and design basics, such as drawing, fashion drawing, and colour experimentation classes, at different universities in and around Berlin – most recently at Fachhochschule Potsdam where she herself had studied and graduated in communication design (2001–2007). She also holds a BA in art history and philosophy from Berlin’s Humboldt-Universität (2010–2015). As an illustrator she has published two books: Tante Karos Gefühl für Stil (2013) and Grand Paris (2017). As a graphic designer she works primarily in the field of culture, academics, and fashion.