Biography: Artist: Maya Eventov
Maya Eventov was born in 1964 in Leningrad, in the former Soviet Union. At a very young age she was introduced by her parents to the great artistic treasures of St. Petersburg. Maya spent countless hours at her favourite Hermitage museum studying the works of great masters, especially those of the post-impressionist period and Russian avant-gardism. The palette of such artists as Matisse, Gauguin and Renoir greatly influenced her interpretation of colour. Maya derived her sense of balance and composition from the works of Alexander Rodchenko, El Lissitzki and Kazimir Malevich and learned the value of detail and light from the works of old masters.
She began her artistic studies at the age of six and after graduating from a four year art program was accepted to the prestigious High School #190 affiliated with the St. Petersburg State Academy of Industrial and Applied Art. Maya graduated from the Academy in 1987 with a Master's Degree in graphic design and began work illustrating children's books. She took part in creating murals for concert halls in Moscow, Leningrad, Erevan and Komsomolsk-na-Amure.
Maya immigrated to Canada in 1990 and resides here with her husband and two children. Her style of work has changed over the past 10 years, much of which she attributes to the happy, safe and secure life she found in North America. Maya loves the rich, bold and bright colours of the Mediterranean and often portrays scenes from her travels in her landscapes and as a background for her still-lifes. Maya developed her unique technique of etching on oil after being inspired by the Faberge Eggs that fascinated her as a child in a Russian museum.
Maya's works evoke feelings of happiness, well-being and joy of life. She wants to share with you the warmth of the afternoon sun and the heat of the sidewalk, the smell of exotic flowers and the taste of ripe fruit. She wants you to wander the roads of Tuscany with her or enjoy a quiet moment in an overstuffed armchair in a romantic setting somewhere in Spain. Maya has exhibited in many of the finest galleries in North America and her paintings can be found in private collections such as that of the Right Honorable Jean Chrétien and in corporate collections such as the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Toronto.
You can learn more about Maya by visiting Arabella Magazine's feature article here
Below is an example of the texture typical of Eventov's work.