Maya Hayuk’s paintings are dazzling glows of light and color in an ongoing pursuit of the psychedelic experience in visual form, injecting political activism and humor throughout. Her extensive love of indigenous imagery and music inspire the vigor and spontaneous dance of her work. Hayuk weaves visual information from her immediate surroundings into elaborate, painterly abstractions, thus creating an engaging mix of referents from popular culture and advanced painting practices alike. Her large-scale murals speak to the artist’s obsession with symmetry, perfect imperfection and outer and inner space. Ultimately, the traditional and the contemporary blend into new harmonic, dissonant, optimistic compositions. She sees her studio painting practice and mural making as both inversely relational and symbiotic. Hayuk earned a BFA in Interrelated Media (SIM) at Massachusetts College of Art and has studied at V.C.U., Richmond, VA, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Canada, the University of Odessa, Odessa, Ukraine and at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine. She has taught and given talks at Illinois State University, Ox Bow School of Painting and Sculpture, VCU and PAFA.
Maya Hayuk’s work has been the subject of one person exhibitions and commissions at venues including The Bowery Wall, NY, The Hammer Museum, LA, The Museum Of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada, Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, The Netherlands; Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, New York; Musee E.A.V., Rio De Janiero, Brazil; Matucana Artspace, Santiago, Chile; Democratic National Convention, Denver, Colorado ; and Monster Island, Brooklyn, New York. Hayuk lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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