The works by Maya Hayuk (Baltimore, USA, 1969), an internationally acclaimed artist of Ukrainian origin, are symmetrical compositions made up of intricate color combinations formed by diagonals that are crisscrossed and overlapped on different tonal and perspective levels, creating a multiplicity of rhomboidal forms and lushly colored pictorial tesserae. Her elaborate abstractions are inspired by popular culture, Ukrainian folk art, and Mandalas. Maya uses advanced painting practices to create a psychedelic experience in visual form. Her recognizable brush strokes, vibrant drippings, and dynamic movements express a bursting vitality.
Maya Hayuk was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1969; she lives and works in Brooklyn. She earned a BFA in Interrelated Media from Massachusetts College of Art in 1991 and has studied at VCU, Richmond, VA, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Canada, the University of Odessa, in the Ukraine, and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine.
Her works have been the subject of commissions at esteemed venues such as: The Bowery Wall, New York, 2014, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 2013; Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, 2012; Socrates Sculpture Park, New York, 2011; Museu E.A.V., Rio de Janiero, 2011.
Past solo exhibitions include: PAREIDOLIA DEEP DESTROYER, Alice Gallery, Bruxelles, 2019; Grow Room, Alice Gallery, Brussels 2016; Positive Space, Circle Culture Gallery, Berlin, 2015; Light Heavy, Cinders Gallery, New York, 2014; Alles Klar, Die Kunstagentin Gallery, Cologne, 2014; One Room Residency, Clocktower Gallery, New York, 2013; LA Head Light, Alice Gallery, Brussels, Belgium, 2013Multi Versus, Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, 2012; Ultra, Ultra Deep Fields, Mu, Eindhoven, 2010. Some of her numerous public projects: Chemtrails Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2015; Chem Trails Nyc, The Bowery Wall, New York, 2014; Pictures On Walls, London, 2013, Death By Audio, Brooklyn, NY; Woven, Mexico City, 2012; Paint Pour, Monster Island, Brooklyn, NY 2011; Fingers, Beijing 2010.
Her work has been included in group exhibitions such as: Street Art & Urban Art, Alpha 137 Gallery, New York 2020; The Color Purple, Alpha 137 Gallery, New York, 2020; Tastee: a group exhibition, New Image Art, West Hollywood, 2016; Radiate, Circle Culture Gallery, Berlin, 2015; Neo Vol. #1, Die Kunstagentin Gallery, Cologne, 2014; Cruel Summer, Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, 2014; Just Before Brazil, Alice Gallery, Brussels, 2014; Art In The Streets 2: Wynwood Walls, curated by Jeffrey Deitch, Miami 2013; Headscapes, in collaboration with Morgan Blair, Long Island City, New York, 2013; Yes!, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne, 2012; Streetopia, curated by Chris Johanson, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, High Five, New Image Art, Los Angeles, 2012; Double Rainbow Rainbow, Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, 2011; Let There Be Geo, A+D Gallery, Chicago, 2010; Contemporary Art 2010, Ukrainian Institute Of America, New York, 2010; Untitled Enemies, Apostrophe Gallery, Hong Kong, 2009; Bliss, Holala Gallery, Barcelona, 2008; Sous L’es Bombes, Musee International Des Arts Modeste (MIAM), Sète, 2007; Paper Trails, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, 2007; The Rest Is Total Silence, curated by Taka Kawachi, Atm Gallery, New York, 2006; God Is Bored With Us, Fast Moving Consumer Goods, London 2005; By The People For The People, Transport Gallery, Los Angeles, 2004; Origin, Rocket Gallery, Tokyo, 2003. Hayuk is a member of the Barnstormers collective, the Cinders Art Collective, and she has collaborated with other artists and musicians. She has also created album covers, videos, stage sets, photos, and posters for RyeRye/M.I.A., The Akron Family, TV on the Radio, The Flaming Lips, Devendra Banhart, Seun Kuti, Prefuse 73, Awesome Color, Oakley Hall, Home, Animal Collective, Dan Deacon, Bonnie Prince Billy, and The Beastie Boys. Her book Just Good Vibes was published in 2007 by Ginko Press, and Round The Way was published in 2010 by Nieves.