Maria Śliwa began learning about photography at Policealne Studium Fotograficzne in Katowice. Since 1991 has been running portraits and advertising photo studio. In 1992 started simultaneously two studies – undergraduate course at Państwowa Wyższa Szkołą Filmowa, Telewizyjna i Teatralna in Łódź, where as a first ever student she became an absolvent on photography faculty, also at Institut Tvůrčí Fotografie in Opava, where she achieved undergraduate, and then masters degrees. She worked as an assistant in Insytut Sztuki Uniwersytetu Śląskiego in Katowice, in Cieszyn branch. Since 1999 she is a member of Związek Polskich Artystów Fotografików.
Maria Śliwa teaches subject ‘Studio photography’ workshops at Postsecondary School of Photography FOTOEDUKACJA.