Born in 1969 - United States
The American Maya Hayuk (1969) is an international successful artist. She studied at the Massachussetts College of Art in Boston, but also spent time in Toronto Canada, Odessa in the Oekrain and Skowhegan in Main during her studies.
Nowadays she lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.Not many artist are active in so many aspects of art as she is: Maya Hayuk is a painter, muralist, photographer, designer, curator and author. She is most famous for her brightly coloured murals, in which she uses geometry, symmetry and different optical effects. She is inspired by the Eastern-European folkloristic art, pop art and op art.
A while back Maya Hayuk made a mural on the famous Bowery Wall in Manhattan, a very prestigious project where she was preceded by great names like Keith Haring and Shepard Fairey. Hayuks large paintings, installations and smaller work on paper have been on display on numerous exhibitions, focussing mainly on North and South America, but also the Bonnefantemuseum in Maastricht dedicated an exhibition to her work in 2012, called ‘Heavy Lights’. Maya Hayuk plays an important role in contemporary art.
"Maya Hayuk’s work has to be felt, not studied. It’s an experience that activates mirror neurones “ which allow us to grasp other people’s minds, not through the mediation of a conceptual reasoning, but rather through direct stimulation”.
The emphatic emotion of these abstract paintings is fed by a multitude of hidden references that make them particularly pertinent today. Might it be Ukrainian folk motifs, a touch of Mandala, a cosmos, or the image of a psychedelic movie ... pop culture references are infused to the practice of contemporary painting.
This is abstract painting, often monumental, always full of bright colours, with symmetrical and elaborate compositions. Maya Hayuk thrills our psyches with colours, as music does with sounds.
If Maya’s work is so stimulating, it’s because beyond the explicit visual references that can be found, it is the work of a highly committed artist in the fields of art and music, as her biography testifies.
These numerous connections bring together a multitude of fragrances that permeate her work and anchor it successfully in its time."
- Raphael Cruyt
Maya Hayuk - Head Light - Alice Gallery, Brussels
Hammer Projects: Maya Hayuk - UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Maya Hayuk — All Access - ArtyFarty Gallery, Cologne
Heavy Lights - Maya HAyuk - Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht
Maya Hayuk - Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, ON
2012 Apocabliss - Anonymous Gallery, New York City, NY
Heavy Light - Cinders Gallery, New York City, NY
Ultra, Ultra Deep Fields - MU, Eindhoven
Maya Hayuk - Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA
Do Me A Solid - Mahan Gallery, Columbus, OH
Maya Hayuk - Forevers - Fifty24SF, San Francisco, CA
Maya Hayuk - Galerie Schmidt Maczollek, Cologne
The Colour Sphere - Mini Galerie, Amsterdam
Spectral Haze Event Horizon - Blackston Gallery, New York City, NY
Cruel Summer - Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York City, NY
Just Before Brazil - Alice Gallery, Brussels
Art Truancy: Celebrating 20 Years of Juxtapoz Magazine - Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York City, NY
POTSE 68 - Circleculture Gallery - Berlin, Berlin
And I Feel Fine - ATHICA: Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Athens, GA
Domesticated Souls- Group show - Alice Gallery, Brussels
B-Out - Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York City, NY
High Five - New Image Art Gallery, West Hollywood, CA
Open Walls - Open Walls, Baltimore, MD
Casa de Empeño - Anonymous Gallery, New York City, NY
The Art on Burton - Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, VT
Subliminal Sunlight - Cindy Rucker Gallery, New York City, NY
Paris Forever 100th exhibition of the gallery - Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris
In The Moment: Artists - The Luggage Store, San Francisco, CA
In The Moment: Benefit Art Sale & Auction - The Luggage Store, San Francisco, CA
Resurrection - Cinders Gallery, New York City, NY
10th Anniversary Fecal Face group show - The Luggage Store, San Francisco, CA
ROJO®NOVA - Cultura Contemporânea - MIS - Museu da Imagem e do Som, São Paulo
Le Salon Du Cercle De La Culture A Berlin - Circleculture Gallery, Berlin
Barnstormers - Joshua Liner Gallery, New York City, NY
Let There be Geo - A + D Gallery - Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL
Know New York - Cinders Gallery, New York City, NY
Circle of Plenty - Cinders Gallery, New York City, NY
United States of Color vs. Grand Theft Auto - Luis De Jesus Seminal Projects, San Diego, CA
United States of Color vs. Grand Theft Auto - Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Santa Monica, CA
Papercut - Heist Gallery, New York City, NY
Contain - Anonymous Gallery, New York City, NY
Apocabliss - Alice Gallery, Brussels
Brevity's Rainbow - Cinders Gallery, New York City, NY
Ornament: Ho Hum All Ye Faithful - BravinLee programs, New York City, NY
Off the Wall - Rental Gallery, New York City, NY
Game over - Street art Show - Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris
Paper Trails - An Exploration Into Drawing - V1 Gallery, Copenhagen
KölnShow 2 - European Kunsthalle, Cologne
"Draw" Tour - Fuse Gallery, New York City, NY
No Format — A Group Photo Show - Receiver Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Grand Union - Front Room Gallery, New York City, NY
BMG Artist' Annual 2006 - Kinsey/DesForges Gallery, Culver City, CA
Thank You for the Days - Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL
Assembly - Front Room Gallery, New York City, NY
Four Walls - Kinsey/DesForges Gallery, Culver City, CA
For Walls - BLK/MRKT Gallery, Culver City, CA
The Panorama Project - Front Room Gallery, New York City, NY
Dangerous Dolls - Roq La Rue Gallery, Seattle, WA
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