Maria Vedder was born in the North of Germany. After completing her studies in photography and in the social-sciences, as well as theatre, film and television sciences, she lectured in electronic media at the University of Cologne, Germany.
In 1990 she was Visiting Professor at the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf, Germany, and in 1990/1991 Visiting Professor at the University of Art in Bremen, Germany.
From 1991-2014 she has been a Full Professor at the Berlin University of the Arts, Germany.
She has spend long periods researching in Asia, where she has also has been a guest lecturer on numerous occaisions.
She has exhibited in Europe, Australia and Asia and her videos have been shown all over the world.
She has written books about video (in cooperation with B. Gruber), published in DuMont-publishing house, Cologne, Germany: „DuMonts Handbuch der Videopraxis“, 1982;
„Kunst und Video“, 1983
Besides other awards she won the main prize in the 1988 „Marler Video Art Award“ for her work „The Heartbeat of Anubis“. The „Marler Video Art Award“ is the most important award for video art in Germany.
1991-2014 she won the main price in the Festival International de Video, Vigo/Spain
Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany
ZKM/Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany
Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten, Marl, Germany
Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen Stuttgart, Germany
Tate Gallery Liverpool, England
Image Library of the Musashino Art University, Tokio, Japan
Fukui Culture Center, Tokio, Japan
Gallery Shimada, Yamaguchi-Shi, Japan
Kunst- und Kulturzentrum Et Huset, Copenhagen, Denmark
Kunstbibliothek Lyngby, Denmark
ArtCom San Francisco, USA