Artist
Maya Malioutina Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania

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.

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    About The Artist

    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.

    Artist Statement

    My work is informed by the close-up discoveries of walls, corners and sidewalks. They represent the mystery and biographies that lie behind and within these textured surfaces.

    Their imperfections hold a special significance, enhanced by the passage of time.

    Erosion, oxidation, peeling paint, rust and bare boards all serve as a kind of poetic personal journey evoking the etched markings of wrinkles and scars.

    Each wall, corner and sidewalk I encounter is personified to reveal a symbolic portrait. Its form shows how it has evolved and transformed over time. All that lies behind these images is anyone's guess; there are some things that need to remain a mystery. Viewers are invited to develop their relationship with the paintings as they allow themselves to be transported and experience what lies beneath and beyond them.

    As viewers approach this work, a world of texture is opened up. Everything appears highly tactile and three-dimensional. Light is not reflected, but comes from within, permeating every layer, as it creates the narrative of aged surfaces. What holds the viewer’s attention, then, is the wealth of emerging shapes and colors as each piece comes alive with its own story.

    I work with a variety of materials, including metals in acrylic solution, oxidizing agents, plaster, wax and acrylics.

    My work is a slow and patient process that involves many layers. Each piece requires anywhere from ten to forty layers before it matures.

    Artist Background


    Hunter College

    Bachelor of Arts, 2001

    Hear What Collectors Say About Maya's Work

    Maya Malioutina 12/6/2017 | 8:44 AM

    Hi! Thanks so much for your interest in my art. I posted a reply earlier, but for whatever reason, the blog didn't work. I will be happy to make something very similar to "Gold Vein" for you you, if you commission the artwork through UGallery's commissions tab. Otherwise, I am currently in the process of creating a few more pieces similarly themed. Again, than you for reaching out and I hope that you have a great holiday season! Maya

    commentsThe Light Within: Gold Vein
    K Mendel 12/3/2017 | 12:09 PM

    I love "The Light Within, Gold Vein" and its inspiration. I was was so disappointed it sold before I could snatch it. Is this work part of a series, or do you have a similar body of work? Thank you.

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