Maria Goret Chagas was born with stunted arms and legs in Delfinópolis, Minas Gerais, on 26 July 1951. She has a congenital functional disability of the upper extremities. Maria finished her primary and secondary school education and went to university. She completed her literature studies in 1974 and graduated in art and languages with a teaching qualification in 1978. Maria taught Portuguese literature at the University of Franca for 14 years. She also works as a painting teacher, as a result of which she became aware of the VDMFK. The Association first granted her a scholarship in 2006. In 2020, she was awarded Associate Member status of the Association.
Maria particularly enjoys painting flowers in acrylics, watercolours and oils. She also likes to write.