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Biography

Maya Gelfman (b. 1978)

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

Nomad, currently based in France.

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

 

Exhibition Highlights:
Gelfman has exhibited ten solo exhibitions. Next show opens this June at the Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, USA. 
This April she’ll exhibit new paintings at the Venice Biennial, Italy. 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:
In 2009 she co-founded 'Mind the Heart!', a street art project that has since reached over 100 cities on 5 continents, in addition to exhibiting in galleries and museums. Between 2017-2021, she created a 365/24/7 performance in public, spanning 100,000 KM (60,000 miles),

across 48 States in the U.S.A. To learn more about the journey: “The Serendipity Experiment

 

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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