Both pragmatist & dreamer, Maya is an Award Winning Visual Artist working with Moving Image, Light & Sound.
What has inspired her to create is the power of imagery. Its beauty and its truth drawn from life’s spectrum have the ability to transcend the human spirit.
London is home but Maya is originally from Portugal where she was raised by the sea. After a science degree from Imperial College, her career took a sharp turn. So, as an artist she is mostly self-taught - from stints at Central Saint Martins, training with lighting manufacturers to learning from some of the greatest image makers such as Tim Flach and Lois Greenfield.
The underwater environment is the physical manifestation of silence. Unlike sound, light travels more slowly through water presenting creative challenges & opportunities...In this intimate space one is sensitised to movement & form and this creative process becomes intuitive. An obsessive aesthetic and a sense of wonder for the fluidity of motion drew Maya to photograph. The eventual role of space, rhythm & sound occurred organically as a natural part of a creative evolution, with technology playing an increasingly central role as an enabler for the work, both in its creation and its display.
Drawn to the mysterious, Maya instinctively creates work that pulls away from a single reality and is less about what is seen and more about what is sensed - free from the restrictions of space or thought. A language based on the principle of a single thread connecting all forms of life without division, except in our perception of it.
Maya's Fine Art work exits in public and private collections and has been recognised by juried international exhibitions and competitions. Collaborations with a range of commercial & private clients include CHI & Partners, Y&R Branding, Orion Publishing, OneDrop Foundation, the Lisbon Oceanarium, Crowood Press, Egoista Magazine, BalbirSingh, Dance UK, AD Dance Company, AD Dance, D&B Performing Arts, The English National Ballet, the Akram Khan Dance Company, Body of People & The Nureyev Medical Foundation.
AWARDS & FEATURES
- Launch of "ONE" - A site-specific immersive art installation in Lisbon about our ancestral connection to oceans.
A piece that broke ground from an artistic level in terms of design but also in terms of technology including the use of:
- World’s brightest customised underwater lights
- Camera sensor with highest resolution and dynamic range
- Purpose-built rig for attaching high speed camera to RIB and “rain curtain” to create a moving film of water
- Open source AI technology to treat footage in post for large canvas.
- Feature Special Edition SABADO/New York Times on Ocean Conservation.
- Tel Aviv International Women Artists Exhibition.
- Feature in Egoista Special December Edition.
- Graphis Platinum Award for 'Ana - underwater portrait' series & Silver for ‘Veiled’.
- P/Art Ibiza Group Exhibition 'Fantasy'.
- 125LIVE London - Exhibition for Innovation in Photography and Annual.
- Technique Feature for Canon Professional Services on Canon 5DS Beneath the Surface Underwater Beauty shoot.
- 'Into the Blue' Behind the Scenes features, Creative Review.
- OneEyeland competition Bronze award for 'Fine Art' & ‘People’ categories, Finalist for ‘Advertising' & ‘Sports’ categories.
- Shanghai International Invitational Exhibition -'Underwater Dance’ series.
- UK Professional Photographer of the Year - Shortlisted.
- Installation Magazine June - Feature Q&A on creative process and inspiration.
- Creative Review March edition - Technique Feature on Underwater Photography.
- Q&A with Antonia Wilson, Creative Review.
- Group Exhibition at Metal Culture, Chalkwell for Dance Photography, curated by Chris Nash.
- Group exhibition at City Hall for the Cultural Olympiad, a collaboration with English National Ballet, curated by Chris Nash.
- Arles Salon in France summer exhibition - Underwater images in multimedia installation.
- Epsom Underwater World Shootout - Finalist Environmental Conservation Category.
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