The Art of Maya Hayuk

Maya Hayuk’s work has to be felt, not studied. It’s an experience that activates mirror neurones “ which allow us to grasp other people’s minds, not through the mediation of a conceptual reasoning, but rather through direct stimulation” * 
 
 The emphatic emotion of these abstract paintings is fed by a multitude of hidden references that make them particularly pertinent today. Might it be Ukrainian folk motifs, a touch of Mandala, a cosmos, or the image of a psychedelic movie ... pop culture references are infused to the practice of contemporary painting. 
 
 This is abstract painting, often monumental, always full of bright colours, with symmetrical and elaborate compositions. Maya Hayuk thrills our psyches with colours, as music does with sounds. 

 If Maya’s work is so stimulating, it’s because beyond the explicit visual references that can be found, it is the work of a highly committed artist in the fields of art and music, as her biography testifies. 

 These numerous connections bring together a multitude of fragrances that permeate her work and anchor it successfully in its time. 

Raphael Cruyt

 * Jeremy Rifkin, « Une nouvelle conscience pour un monde en crise, vers une civilisation de l’empathie », éditions Actes Sud, 2012, p108

Biography

Maya Hayuk was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1969. She earned a BFA in Interrelated Media from Massachusetts College of Art in 1991 and has studied at V.C.U., Richmond, VA, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Canada, the University of Odessa, Odessa, Ukraine and at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine. Her work has been the subject of one person exhibitions and commissions at venues including The Bowery Wall, NY (2014), The Hammer Museum, LA (2013), Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, The Netherlands (2012); Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, New York (2011); Musee E.A.V., Rio De Janiero, Brazil (2011); Matucana Artspace, Santiago, Chile (2009); A Path for the Light, Alice Gallery, Brussels (2009); Democratic National Convention, Denver, Colorado (2008); and Monster Island, Brooklyn, New York (2005-2011). Her work has been included in group exhibitions such as Streetopia, The Luggage Store, San Francisco (2012); Black Light & Outer Space, Secret Project Robot, Brooklyn, New York (2011); Rojo Nova, Museum of Image and Sound, Sao Paolo, Brazil (2010); Contemporary Art 2010, Ukrainian Institute of America, New York (2010); Sous l’es bombs, Musee International des Arts Modeste, Sete, France (2007); The Zine Unbound: Kults, Werewolves, and Sarcastic Hippies, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA (2005). 


 Hayuk has curated numerous exhibitions, such as Apocabliss at Alice Gallery (2008), is a member of the Barnstormers collective, the Cinders Art Collective and she frequently collaborated with other artists and musicians. She's created album covers, videos, stage sets, photographs and posters for Rye Rye/M.I.A, The Akron Family, TV on the Radio, The Flaming Lips, Devendra Banhardt, Seun Kuti, Prefuse 73, Awesome Color, Oakley Hall, Home, Animal Collective, Dan Deacon, Bonnie Prince Billy and The Beastie Boys, amongst others. 

 Her book JUST GOOD VIBES on Ginko Press was released in 2007 and ROUND THE WAY was published by Nieves in 2010. She publishes hand-made screenprints with Pictures On Walls in London UK. Hayuk curated THIS WALL COULD BE YOUR LIFE, from 2005 - 2011 on the exterior walls of the now legendary and recently demolished Monster Island/ Secret Project Robot in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. On September 11th, 2011, Maya orchestrated the Paint Pour off the rooftop and down the walls of the building, drawing closed a curtain over years of art work. 

 Hayuk lives in and loves Brooklyn, NY.

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SOLO and TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2016
GROW ROOM, Alice Gallery, Brussels, BE  (upcoming)

2014
LIGHT HEAVY, Cinders Gallery, New York, NY
ALLES KLAR, Die Kunstagentin Gallery, Cologne, Germany

2013
HEAVY LIGHTS, Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, NL
HAMMER PROJECTS: MAYA HAYUK, The Hammer Museum, LA, CA.
HEAD LIGHT, ALICE Gallery, Brussels, BE
PMA, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, CA
ALL ACCESS, AF Gallery, Cologne, DE
FRIENDSHIP BRACELET, FLA Gallery, Gainesville, FL

2012
MARY HEILMANN: GOOD VIBRATIONS/ MAYA HAYUK:HEAVY LIGHTS, Bonnefanten
Museum, Maastricht, The Netherlands
MULTI VERSUS, Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, Canada
WAIT AND WATCH A WHILE GO BY (With Paul Wackers), ALICE Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
2012 APOCABLISS, Anonymous Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
YES! (With Kyle Ranson), No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2011
ZONE, Space Gallery, Portland, ME
DOUBLE RAINBOW RAINBOW, (With Jen Stark), Show&Tell, Toronto, Canada

2010
HEAVY LIGHT, Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
ULTRA, ULTRA DEEP FIELDS, MU, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
FEELING SPACE, Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA

2009

A PATH FOR THE LIGHT, ALICE Gallery, Brussels, BE
SEXY GAZEBO: BELIEVING IS BELIEVING, Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2008
DO ME A SOLID, Mahan Gallery, Columbus, OH

2007
FOREVERS, Upper Playground, SF, CA

2005
SUMMER OF LOVE BATTLES, Brooklyn Fireproof Project Room, Brooklyn, NY
WHERE HAVE ALL THE HEADSHOPS GONE?, 555 Soul, NY, NY

   

 

PUBLIC WORKS/ COMMISSIONS

2017
WALL DRAWINGS 2, Biennale de Lyon, FR


2016
'CIM', The Ukrainian Museum, New York, USA
'City Lights', MIMA Museum, Brussels, Belgium

2015
MAYA HAYUK: FROM THE CHEM TRAILS SERIES, Curated by Deborah Cullen, Site–specific installation in the Miller Theatre lobby, Columbia University, NY
CHEMTRAILS FACEBOOK KITE, Menlo Park, CA CHEMTRAILS HAWAII, Honolulu, Hawaii
GROW TO THE SUN, BERLIN, Berlin, Germany THEY’LL KNOW WE’RE HERE, COPENHAGEN, Copenhagen, Denmark CONEY ISLAND MEGA WALL, Curated by Jeffrey Deitch, Brooklyn, New York ALL FLAGS AND GATEWAY, Rabat, Morocco 


2014

CHEM TRAILS TORONTO, Toronto, Canada
CHEM TRAILS NYC, The Bowery Wall, New York, NY
HOMELESS SHELTER AND CURVED WALL, Perth, Australia
ASPHALT #1: URBAN ART BIENNALE, Curated By ALICE Gallery, Charelroi, Belgium
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY MILLER THEATRE, New York, NY
CHEM TRAILS TORONTO, Curated by Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, Canada
CHEM TRAILS LONDON, Longchamp, London, UK

2013
WYNWOOD WALLS, Miami, FL
LIBRARY STREET COLLECTIVE PARKING GARAGE, Detroit, MI
DOUBLE, Esconcesa, Barcelona, Spain
PARKING GARAGE, Cologne, Germany
PICTURES ON WALLS, London, U.K.
DEATH BY AUDIO, Brooklyn, NY

2012
VOTE, November 2012, spray paint and latex. 15x20’. Brooklyn, NY
IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING, exterior mural, North Adams, MA
WOVEN, 15 x 60’ exterior mural, Mexico City, Mexico
BALL MORE, 80 x 240’ exterior mural, Baltimore MD

2011
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS, Skowhegan 2011, SCOPE Art Fair, Miami, FL
TELE-PAINTER, collaboration with Jef Scharf, Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY
PAINT POUR, action, Monster Island, Brooklyn, NY
SKOWHEGAN TOWN MURAL, mural collaboration with Andrew Ross, Skowhegan,ME
THE WOMB, mural commissioned by Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, Oklahoma City, OK
SPORES, mural, The Drake Hotel, Toronto, CANADA
ROLLER RINK (ODE TO GERARD SMITH), mural on CInders Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
MEXICAN CELEBRATION DINNER, happening in New York, NY
MURALS FOR SEUN KUTI “RISE” VIDEO, by The WIlderness, NY, NY
WEAVES, public sculpture on the grounds of Musee E.A.V., Rio De Janiero, Brazil

2010
GAZE!, mural, SCOPE Art Fair, Miami, FL
MURAL FOR RYE RYE/ M.I.A. “SUNSHINE” VIDEO, By Jess Holzworth, Brooklyn, NY
WE ARE JUNKANOO, mural, Nassau, The Bahamas
THE EYE OF THE EYER, painted fountain, Bonarroo Music Festival, Manchester, TN
FINGERS, mural commission in Beijing, China
MURAL FOR ETSY OFFICE, mural commission, Brooklyn, NY

2009
STAGE SET FOR THE AKRON FAMILY, installation
TEMPORARY STAGE EXPERIENCE FOR DAN DEACON, collaborative installation with Lauren Luloff
STAGE SET FOR TV ON THE RADIO, installation
MURAL IN ORANGE ALLEY, San Francisco, CA
ODE TO COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG, mural, Brooklyn, NY
EXPLOSION!, mural, Matucana Artspace, Santiago, Chile
ForYay! , collaborative installation with Ben Wolf, SCOPE Art Fair, NY, NY

2008
EVERYWHERE IS NOWHERE EVERYWHERE, performance in a shipping container, NY, NY
CRYSTAL LITE, mural, The Church Of Crystal Light, Richmond, VA
GIANT CORRUGATED METAL WAREHOUSE & BAR, murals in Braddock, PA
HERE IS NOW, installation, Manifest Hope/ Democratic National Convention, Denver, CO

2007
RAISING THE SPARKS, VOL II, installation, Showcase Nightclub, Paris, FRANCE

2006
MURAL FOR WOOSTER COLLECTIVE ON SPRING STREET, NY NY
EYE IN THE SKY, mural commission, Miami, FL
STREET SPACE, murals, Columbus, OH

2005
ROLL RAMPANT AND FREE, painted skate ramp, Pittsburgh, PA
KINGDOM OF AWESOME, installation, Hotel Des Arts, SF, CA

2005 - 2011
THIS WALL COULD BE YOUR LIFE, curator of ongoing mural project, Brooklyn, NY

2002 - 2011
BARNSTORMERS COLLECTIVE, various public and private works

2001
MARKET STREET KIOSK PROJECT, SF Arts Commission Public Art Grant

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017
DONNE DI COLORE, Torre dei Lambardi, Magione, IT

2016
CITY LIGHTS, MIMA Museum, Brussels, BE (forthcoming)

2015
MAIN STREET, Museum Mohammed VI, Rabat, MA 
ART BRUSSELS, with Alice Gallery, Brussels, BE

2014
PUSH IT, Art Now Ny Gallery, New York, NY
NEO Vol. #1, die Kunstagentin Gallery, Köln, GE
CRUEL SUMMER, Jonathan Levine Gallery, NY, New York
ART BRUSSELS, with ALICE Gallery, Brussels, BE
JUST BEFORE BRAZIL, ALICE Gallery, Brussels, BE

2013

POTSE 68., Circle Culture Gallery, Berlin.
NEW FUTURES, Circuit 21, Dallas, TX, USA
FUTURE FOLK, LaunchPad, Brooklyn, NY.
NEEDLES AND PENS TEN YEARS, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
AND I FEEL FINE, Athens Institute of Contemporary Art, Athens, GA.

2012
DOMESTICATED SOULS, ALICE Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
NEW FUTURES, Circuit 21, Dallas, TX, USA
B-OUT, (Curated by Scott Hug), Andrew Edlin Gallery, NY, USA
STREETOPIA, (Curated by Chris Johanson), Luggage Store Gallery, SF, CA
HIGH FIVE, New Image Art, LA, USA
IT’S A SMALL, SMALL, WORLD, (Curated by Hennessy Youngman) Family Business, NY
HYPER-HYPO, Secret Project Robot, Brooklyn, NY, USA

2011
ON EVERY STREET, Samuel Owen Gallery, Greenwich, CT
CHURCH AND JAIL, Skowhegan, ME
PULLED, Curated by Mike Perry, traveling group show
RESURRECTION, Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
AUCTION, Exit Art, NY, NY
BLACKLIGHT & OUTERSPACE, Secret Project Robot, Brooklyn, NY

2010
FECAL FACE 10 YEARS, Luggage Store Gallery, SF, CA
ROJO NOVA, Museum of Image and Sound, Sao Paolo, Brazil
FRIENDS OF FRIENDS, Visual Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT
LET THERE BE GEO, A+D Gallery, Chicago
LE SALON DU CERCLE DE LA CULTURE A BERLIN, CircleCulture Gallery, Berlin, Germany
THESE FRIENDS, This Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
CONTEMPORARY ART 2010, Ukrainian Institute of America, NY, NY
KNOW NEW YORK, Cinders, Brooklyn, NY

2009
SCOPE ART FAIR, Miami, FL
CIVILIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS, Conjunction Collective Gallery, Toronto, ON
THE FINE LINE, Movember Gallery, NY, NY
UNTITLED ENEMIES, Apostrophe Gallery, Hong Kong
DEEPER VISIONS II, Shelter Surf SHop, San Diego, CA
JOY RIDE: THE ART OF THE BICYCLE, Traveling Art Show, US
UTOPIA, Subliminal Projects, LA, CA
SEA NO EVIL, Subliminal Projects, LA, CA
MANIFEST HOPE, Irvine Contemporary, Washington DC
HAIR FOLLIES, FOFA Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
UNITED STATES OF COLOR VS GRAND THEFT AUTO, Seminal Projects, San Diego, CA
STREETS OF BROOKLYN, Thinkspace, LA, CA

2008
PAPER CUTS, Heist Gallery, NY, NY
TITANIUM EXPOSE, Fecal Face Dot Gallery, SF, CA
PIECE PROCESS, Anonymous Gallery, NY, NY
*REQUIRED FIELDS, 2-person show with Alexis Semtner, Transmission Gallery, Richmond, VA
MANIFEST HOPE, Curated By Shepard Fairey, Democratic National Convention, Denver, Co
DRAWING BRUNCH, Secret Project Robot, Brooklyn, NY
BETWEEN, Curated by Amie Leeking, Millions of Fishes Gallery, SF, CA
FULL COLOR DISTRIBUTION, The Arm, Brooklyn, NY
FECAL FACE SHOW, Fecal Face Gallery, SF, CA
50/ 50, Needles and Pens Gallery, SF, CA
DON’T PAINT WITH YOUR TEETH, Curated by Rich Jacobs, CInders Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
BLISS, 2-person show with Kyle Ranson, Holala Gallery, Barcelona, SP
APOCABLISS, Curator, Alice Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
THIS IS THE FUTURE BEFORE IT HAPPENED, Curated by Julie Deamer, Queens Nails
Annex, SF, CA
TINY, Curated by Tokion Magazine, CInders Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
OFF REGISTER, Curated by Foundation Projects, Traveling Exhibition

2007
OFF THE WALL, Curator Juliane von Herz, Rental Gallery; Patricia Low Contemporary, NY, NY
GAME OVER, Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris, FR
WE’RE ROLLIN’ THEY’RE HATIN’, Curated by Cody Hudson, Riviera Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
SOUS L’ES BOMBES, Musee International des Arts Modeste (MIAM), Sete, FR
HOT AND COLD, #3, Curated by Chris Duncan, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, SF, CA
THESE BAGELS ARE GNARLY, Curated by Rich Jacobs, Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
THE TEE SHIRT SHOW II, Curated By Savannah Gorton, Printed Matter, NY, NY
KOLN SHOW II, Galerie Schmidt Maczollek, Cologne, Germany
PAPER TRAILS, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
HOME AND AWAY, Curated By Thad Kellstadt, Space Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

2006
THE REST IS TOTAL SILENCE, Curated by Taka Kawachi, ATM Gallery, NY, NY
DROPPIN DRAWERS, Okay Mountain, Austin, TX
THE TEE SHIRT SHOW, Curated By Savannah Gorton, Printed Matter, NY, NY
GUEST ARTISTS SHOW, Receiver Gallery, SF, CA
DRAW, Fuse Gallery, NY, NY
NO FORMAT, Receiver Gallery, SF, CA
OVAL, Curated by Jordin Isip, Front Room Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2005
THANK YOU FOR THE DAYS, Bucketrider Gallery, Chicago, IL
THE ZINE UNBOUND:KULTS WEREWOLVES AND SARCASTIC HIPPIES, Yerba Buena
Center for the Arts, SF, CA
A-Z, New Image Art, LA, CA
GOD IS BORED WITH US, Fast Moving Consumer Goods, London, UK
PAPER! AWESOME!, Curated by Brion Nuda Rosch, Pigman Gallery, SF, CA
SOME TOTAL, curator, Giant Robot, SF, CA
STATIC FREE, Space Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
SUMMER LOVE, Needles and Pens, SF, CA
SERENDIB SRI LANKIN RELIEF, White Box Gallery, NY, NY
POST POST, Curated by Julie Deamer, Outpost for Contemporary Art, LA, CA
THREADS, ASSOCIATIONS AND IMPLICATIONS, Curated by Patryce Bak, Brooklyn, NY

2004
BY THE PEOPLE FOR THE PEOPLE, Curator, Transport Gallery, LA, CA
SIX WAYS OUT, Brooklyn Fireproof, Brooklyn, NY
BARNSTORMERS, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), Winston Salem, NC
CAN YOU FEEL THE LIGHTSHINE, Lump Gallery, Raleigh, NC

2003
DIRT WIZARDS, Curated by Kathy Grayson, Brooklyn Fireproof, Brooklyn, NY
ORIGIN, Rocket Gallery, Tokyo
HEAVY, Alife, NY NY/ Collette, Paris FR/ Agnes b, LA CA
ASSEMBLY, Curated by Jordin Isip, Front Room Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2002
FOUR WALLS, Black Market Gallery, LA, CA
STREETWISE, Apart, London, UK
VAPORS, Curator, KCDC, Brooklyn, NY

2001
CHARACTER ASSASINATIONS, Curator, Culture Cache Gallery, SF, CA
PANDORA, Swiftspace, London, UK
12 x 12, Curator, Aquarius Records, SF, CA

2000
MONSTER BALLADS, Curator, 111 Minna Gallery, SF, CA
SF DRAWING SHOW, Curated By Chris Johanson and Alicia Mccarthy New Image Art, LA, CA
SEVENTEEN REASONS, Juice Gallery, SF, CA

1999
TENDER, juried show, Southern Exposure, SF, CA

1998
ECOTOPIA’S BICYCLE CULTURE, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF, CA
NOTHING BUT TIME, juried show, Southern Exposure, SF, CA
THE PUBLIC TRUST, co-curator, Intersection for the Arts, SF, CA
RETROSPECTIVE, Arts Commission Gallery, SF, CA

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS/ PRESS

MAYA HAYUK: RAINBOW WARRIOR, cover feature, Graffiti Art Magazine, issue #21
Le Guide De l’art contemporain urbain 2014, Graffiti Art Magazine
2014 - New American Painters issue #110 - cover feature
Le Guide De l’art contemporain urbain 2012, Graffiti Art Magazine
WALLS AND FRAMES - FINE ART FROM THE STREET, Die Gestalten Verlag, 2011
PULLED: A CATALOG OF CONTEMPORARY SCREEN PRINTING, by Mike Perry, 2011
ROUND THE WAY, by Maya Hayuk, Artists Monograph, Neives, 2010
THE BARNSTORMERS: MAYA HAYUK, by Joey Garfield, Juxtapoz Magazine, 2009
WE ARE TOTALLY A VERB, by Maya Hayuk, Artists Monograph, Third Drawer Down, 2009
HAIRY, Die Gestalten Verlag, 2009
PENNY ANTE III, Independent Artists Book, 2009
ART FOR OBAMA, Abrams, 2009
STREET ART SAN FRANCISCO, Precita Eyes Muralist, Abrams
THE UPSET, Die Gestalten Verlag, 2008
XLR8R IV, cover page feature, 2008
“OFF THE WALL”, Critics Pick by Adam Ganderson, ARTFORUM 11-14-07
JUST GOOD VIBES, by Maya Hayuk, Artists Monograph, Upper Playground Press, 2007
NEO GEO: A NEW EDGE TO ABSTRACTION, Die Gestalten Verlag, 2007
HOT AND COLD ZINE #3, Artist Pages. By Griffin McPartland & Chris Duncan,2007
UP UNTIL NOW, Upper Playground Publishing, 2006
ONE, Black Market/ Die Gestalten, 2006
“A Merry Morning Buzz in the Kingdom of Awesome: the work of Maya Hayuk”, Wendy
Heldman, Juxtapoz #69, 2006
“Interview with Maya Hayuk”, Nylon Magazine, Japan, 2006
“New Radical”, Mandana Towhidy, Oyster Magazine #62
“Vis:-Ed: Maya Hayuk”, Vivian Host, XLR8R Magazine #86
GRAFITTI WOMEN, Nicholas Ganz, Abrams Publishing 2006
CUSTOM VAN MOUSTACHE CANYON SUNSET ROCK, Neives, 2005
“Maya Hayuk”, Chantal A Gordon, Venus Magazine 2004

 

EDUCATION/ TEACHING

2014 Ox Bow School of Painting and Sculpture, Visiting Artist
2013 Clocktower Gallery Artist in Resident (Andy Warhol Foundation Recipient)
2012 The Lighthouse Works Fellowship, Fishers Island, NY, USA
2011 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Visiting Artist
2011 Illinois State University School of Art Visiting Artist Faculty
2011 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
2008 Virginia Commonwealth University VIsiting Artist
1991 BFA Studio For Interrelated Media, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA
1989 University of Odessa, Ukraine, Johns Hopkins University Exchange Program

 

COLLECTIONS

The Embassy of the United States of America, Sanaa, Yemen
Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art (MIMA), Brussels, Belgium
Ullens Foundation, Brussels, Belgium
The Embassy of the United States of America Residence, Costa Rica

 

ARTISTIC PARTNERSHIP

2013-2015
 

MAX MARA, LONGCHAMP, BILLABONG