Maya Hayuk - In front of her mural

Maya Hayuk

United States 1969


Maya Hayuk
Maya Hayuk
United States
February 27, 2017

Maya Hayuk is an American multidisciplinary artist, famous for her paintings and enormous murals that can be seen all around the world. Her pieces have composite, and yet harmonized structure and form, emphasized through the use of exuberant and lush colors, and shades. This painter absorbs immediate encirclement, processes it in her imagination by adding psychedelic experience and a mix of the popular culture referents, and then represents it to the viewers in her artworks. Maya’s paints contain a certain sexual and spiritual note, expressed by bright geometric compositions, and made of a waste spectrum of materials like ink, acrylic, spray color, tape, and wheat paste. Hayuk’s artworks are amazingly large, but also attractive and gentle at the same time.

Maya Hayuk video contact paintings in street studio 2011
Maya Hayuk – Paint Pour in Brooklyn, 2011 – Photo via

Maya’s Inspiration

Maya Hayuk was born in 1969 in Baltimore, Maryland. Her parents are psychology and geography professors, who encouraged Maya since she was young, to pursue inspiration by exploring, discovering and traveling around the globe. Frequent moving has marked not only Hayuk’s personal and student life but also her professional. The best proof is her works influenced by Ukrainian Easter Eggs, outer space, Africa, Mexican woven blankets, Mandalas, and Rorschach tests. She lived in Richmond, Boston, Toronto, and San Francisco until she settled down in Brooklyn. Maya holds a degree in Interrelated Media from the Massachusetts College of Art and has studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, at the University of Odessa in Ukraine and at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. In her twenties, Hayuk showed interest in religion, performance art, sound sculpture, and film. Someone would describe her as hyperactive. Her thirst for music is saturated by listening to it, or by producing it with her band called Open Arms.

Frequent moving has marked not only Hayuk’s personal and student life but also her professional

Maya Hayuk - video of Hammer Project painting, installation view, 2013
Maya Hayuk – Hammer Project, installation view, 2013 – photo via

Artist’s Approach to her Murals and Paintings

Massively scaled murals and paintings are something that has to be seen in person, in order to understand and feel the stimulating potential of her art. So much attention is given to the preparation and details, by analyzing the environment, the light, and the architecture in order to answer the question: What can be added or taken away to produce the best possible effect? Maya describes her pieces as ‘bright, massive, intricate and joyful’. She is a sculptor, a photographer, a printmaker, and an illustrator all at once. Hayuk’s abstract, often monumental paintings made of symmetrical patterns thrill observer’s imagination with vivid and catchy colors. She is also known for collaboration, both in her mural installations as in music. Cooperation with other artists helps her to better understand her paintings. Hayuk made different artworks to support music, from album covers, posters, and videos to stage sets for The Beastie Boys, Rye Rye/M.I.A, The Akron Family, TV on the Radio, and The Flaming Lips.

Hayuk’s abstract, often monumental paintings made of symmetrical patterns thrill observer’s imagination with vivid and catchy colors

Maya Hayuk - Mural painting in street studio gallery, Honolulu, 2015
Maya Hayuk – Mural, Honolulu, 2015 – Photo by Rom Levy, via

Maya’s Work in Various Places

From 2005-2011 the artist has curated and produced the This Wall Could be Your Life mural project on the exterior walls of the legendary Monster Island/Secret Project Robot in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In 2008 the author also curated an exhibition called Apocabliss at the Alice Gallery in Brussels. From 2002 Hayuk is a member of the Barnstormers artist collective together with Swoon, David Ellis, Doze Green and Ryan McGinness. She also published two books, the first one Just Good Vibes from 2007 and the second Round the Way from 2010. Her hand-made screen prints are released in London with the help of the Pictures on Walls. Maya has painted wall-size murals from New York and Honolulu to Cologne. Her works have been shown in solo exhibitions and commissions at places like The Hammer Museum, LA in 2013, The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto in 2013, the Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht in 2012, and the Socrates Sculpture Park, New York in 2011. Maya’s work has been included in group exhibitions such as Streetopia at the Luggage Store in San Francisco in 2012, Black & White Outer Space at the Secret Project Robot in Brooklyn in 2011, and Rojo Nova at the Museum of Image and Sound, Sao Paulo in 2010.

Maya Hayuk lives and works in Brooklyn, USA.

Featured image: Maya Hayuk – In front of her mural – Photo by Dimitrios Cambouris, via
All images used for illustrative purpose only

YearExhibition TitleGallery/ MuseumSolo/Group
2016CIMThe Ukrainian Museum, New York, USASolo
2016City lightsMIMA Museum, Brussels, BEGroup
2015Window seatJulia Benz Solo
2015Main streetMuseum Mohammed VI, Rabat, MA Group
2015RadiateCircle Culture Gallery, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2014Neo Vol1Cologne, GermanySolo
2014Alles KlarDie Kunstagentin in Cologne, GermanySolo
2014Light HeavyCinders Gallery, Brooklyn, NYSolo
2013Heavy LightCinders Gallery, Brooklyn, NYSolo
2013UltraUltra Deep Fields, MU, Eindhoven, The Netherlands Solo
2013Feeling SpaceGallery 16, San Francisco, CA Solo
2013Fecal Face 10 YearsLuggage Store Gallery, SF, CA Group
2013Rojo NovaMuseum of Image and Sound, Sao Paolo, Brazil, Group ShowGroup
2013Friends Of FriendsVisual Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT Group
2013Let There Be GeoA+D Gallery, Chicago Group
2013Le Salon Du Cercle De La Culture A Berlin CircleCulture Gallery, Berlin, Germany Group
2013These FriendsThis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Group
2013Contemporary Art 2010Ukrainian Institute of America, NY Group
2013NY Know NewYork Cinders, Brooklyn, NY 2009 Group
2013Scope Art FairArt Fair, Miami, FL Group
2012Civilization and Its DiscontentsConjunction Collective Gallery, Toronto Group
2012On The Fine LineMovember Gallery, NY Group
2012NY Untitled EnemiesApostrophe Gallery, Hong Kong Group
2012Deeper Visions IIShelter Surf SHop, San Diego, CA Group
2012Joy The Ride: The Art Of The BicycleTraveling Art Show Group
2012US UtopiaSubliminal Projects, LA, CA Group
2012Sea No EvilSubliminal Projects, LA, CA Group
2012Manifest HopeIrvine Contemporary, Washington DC Group
2012Hair Follies FOFA Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada Group
2012United States Of Colour Vs Grand Theft Auto Seminal Projects, San Diego, CA Group
2011Streets Of BrooklynThinkspace, LA, CA Group
2011Zone Space Gallery, Portland, ME Solo
2011Double Rainbow Rainbow, (With Jen Stark)Show&Tell, Toronto, Canada Group
2011On Every StreetSamuel Owen Gallery, Greenwich, CT Group
2011Church And JailSkowhegan, ME Group
2011Pulled, Curated by Mike PerryTraveling Group Show Group
2011ResurrectionCinders Gallery, Brooklyn, NY Group
2011AuctionExit Art, NY, NY Group
2010Blacklight & OuterspaceSecret Project Robot, Brooklyn, NY, Group ShoGroup
2010Multi VersusCooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, Canada Solo
20102012 Apocabliss Anonymous Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico Solo
2010Domesticated SoulsA.L.I.C.E. Gallery, Brussels, Belgium Group
2010New Futures Circuit 21, Dallas, TX Group
2010Wait And Watch A While Go By (With Paul Wackers)A.L.I.C.E. Gallery, Brussels Group
2010B-OUT, (Curated by Scott Hug)Andrew Edlin Gallery, NY, NY Group
2010YES! (With Kyle Ranson)No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne, Australia Group
2010Streetopia, (Curated by Chris Johanson)Luggage Store Gallery, SF, CA Group
2010High FiveNew Image Art, LA, Group
2010Hyper-HypoSecret Project Robot, Brooklyn, NY Group
2010POTSE 68.Circle Culture Gallery, Berlin Group
2010Heavy LightsBonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, The Netherlands Solo
2010Art In The Streets 2: Wynwood Walls, curated by Jeffrey DeitchWynwood Miami Group
2010Hammer Projects: Maya HayukHammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA Solo
2010Head LightALICE Gallery, Brussels, Belgium Solo
2010PMAMuseum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada Solo
2010All AccessAF Gallery, Cologne, Germany Solo
2010Friendship BraceletFLA Gallery, Gainesville, FL Solo
2010Future FolkLaunchPad, Brooklyn, NY Group
2010Needles And Pens Ten YearsLuggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA Group
2010Headscapes (Collaboration with Morgan Blair)Long Island CIty, NY Group
2010And I Feel FineAthens Institute of Contemporary Art, Athens, GA Group