She studied at the Faculty of Painting of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warszawa. She received her diploma in 1962. She is the author of about 60 individual exhibitions in Poland and abroad, and participated in about 200 group exhibitions - national and international (including the 7th Biennale in Sao~Paulo). Her works can be found in private collections and museums in Poland and abroad. Maria Anto's painting belongs to the current of poetic metaphor; she herself described it as "magical realism".Her works can be found in museums and private collections in Poland and abroad.