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.
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 been a guest lecturer on numerous occasions. She has exhibited in Europe, Australia and Asia and her videos have been shown all over the world.She has also, received awards in many festivals. 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.