My name is Mayya.

I am an artist, designer and educator living in New York.

Born in a sunny seaport in southern Ukraine, I spent my early years studying art, dreaming, reading poetry, watching people, learning how to connect...

I am influenced by the ever-elusive aesthetic of Wabi Sabi, the philosophy of Zen Buddhism, the raw power of ancient tribal cultures, the creative expressions of non-artists.

Inspired by dreams, reality, transience of things, imperfect beauty, travel, nature, spirituality, kindness.

Can't create without balance, love, trust, music.

I am forever drawn to the idea of collaborative mediums, materials that allow to co-create - a dialog, a passionate dance of the artist and the medium...

Listen, feel, respect, relinquish control... Wet ink on japanese paper, the imperfections of a wood block imprint, watercolor running down the page, a lump of clay spinning, spinning, spinning - turning into a shape under my hands.

Working in opposites... Left is right. Right is left. Backward is forward... Etching, monoprints, cyanotype, silk screen...

I believe that work must be quiet yet dramatic, wistful, lyrical, complex in its stillness and simplicity. It must be honest, poetic and personal.


See my commissioned designs here.

Follow my blog or my "found" image collection.

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