Maya Malioutina's ongoing series "Light From Within" is inspired by Rumi’s quote: "The wound is where the light enters you." Maya explains, "Not just our wounds, all our cracks and scratches - the sum of our life experiences, are what makes each one of us unique, whole and beautiful and serve, simultaneously, as an entrance through which the light enters us and exits - through which we are able to shine the light that we carry inside us outward."

- Maya Malioutina

Roads and Crossings

Acrylic paint, gold leaf, cold wax on stretched canvas
Painting wraps around edges
Ready to hang

Signed on back

36" h x 24" w x 1.5" d
4 lbs. 0 oz.



Maya Malioutina
Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania

Getting to Know Maya

Maya’s abstract mixed-media artworks are inspired by urban imperfections–cracks in sidewalks, peeling paint, rusted metal. Influenced by the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, Maya embraces the aesthetic flaws of city life, translating daily discoveries into heavily layered and textured paintings. “Some works have close to fifty layers,” she mentions. “I like to layer paint and media slowly, a little at a time.” Maya employs a neutral palette and generous applications of metallic leaf to create meditative yet sumptuous artworks, quietly enticing the viewer.