In 2003 Maquieira graduated from the prestigious Finisterrae University with a degree in Fine Arts. That same year he was awarded a scholarship to intern in the studio of Eugenio Téllez for six months in NYC. Maquieira has exhibited extensively in his native Chile and also in Ecuador, Buenos Aires and London, UK.
"I'm interested in exploring the different possibilities that certain objects and materials that come from within our cultural surroundings can offer. Once I am done with manipulating and transforming them, what they offer is a reflexion on some of the ideas around the construction of our social identity that I am interested in exploring. This is how these new artifacts or montages where the sum of the parts are in a tense intersection so their aesthetic qualities can be activated as much as their functions and signals that inhabit and operate within our conscience."