Born in New York, Rita Maas received her BFA in Photographic Studies from the School of Visual Arts. Shortly thereafter she established a successful commercial studio in New York, NY shooting award winning campaigns for major advertising and editorial clients. She later earned her MFA in Visual Arts at Lesley University College of Art and Design. Maas has acted as Visiting Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology and served as Visiting Artist and Adjunct Professor at College of Staten Island, CUNY.
Her work has been widely exhibited and is held in the collection of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Griffin Museum of Photography among others.
Maas currently lives and works in Westchester, NY.