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Biography

Maya Gelfman (b. 1978, Israel) 

A multidisciplinary artist: painting, installation and street-art. 

Graduated from Shenkar School of Art & Design, BA, 2006.

 

Exhibition Highlights:
Gelfman has exhibited ten solo exhibitions. The eleventh will open in June 2024 at the Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, USA.
Previous solo exhibitions include the National Gallery in Bangkok, Thailand in 2015.
Previous group exhibitions include the Israel National Museum, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Haifa Museum of Art,

and art fairs in London, Miami, and Washington D.C.

 

Residencies & collections:

She has participated in artist residencies in the U.S, Europe and Asia, including at the Swatch Art Peace in Shanghai, China

and the Windgate at KSU University, USA. She was a finalist for the Halcyon House fellowship in 2019.
Selected collections include Lettenmayer & partners, R. Saker, H.Bornstein, Swatch Art, Creative Discovery Museum, Historic Building 98, Milu Hotel.

 

Media and Publications:

Her work has been featured in films and on TV, in print and online, and has been published in four international art books.

In 2013, she gave a TEDx talk about her innovative approach to art making.

 

Street Art:
Hailed as one of Israel’s top ten street artists by Paper Magazine, NYC.
In 2009 she co-founded 'Mind the Heart!', a street art project that has since reached over 100 cities on 5 continents

and has also exhibited in galleries and museums in Europe, Asia, Israel and the U.S.

Between 2017-2021, she created a 365/24/7 performance in public, spanning 60,000 miles across 48 States in the U.S.

 

Artistic practice: 

Gelfman’s commitment to site-and-time-specific processes drives her to work across mediums, materials and contexts.

Somatic tools are deployed to inform artistic decisions: brush strokes are synchronized with breath, external sounds determine textures,

color scheme and density of layers are influenced by her surroundings. Art is made as a dynamic event, an inner dialogue with an external landscape.

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