Maria Sarafina Tribunella born 1955 and is an American of Sicilian origin; raised and educated in New York City.
After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from New York University, she married and moved to the home of her ancestors, Italy. It is there shat she now resides making her living as an accomplished painter alongside her husband, the Neapolitan artist, Raimondi Roberti.
The return to her native land has proved to be very important in the development of her artistic work. There is a very strong influence of The Grand Tour heritage of Southern Italy that is nostalgically rendered in her paintings.