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Stretched Canvas

Modern Lines

Contemporary White

Classical Baroque

Unframed print

Maya Smith, San Francisco
Member Since July 2008
Artist Statement Art has always been a well-rounded experience for me, both academically and recreationally. I minored in art history, taking classes at New York University's sites in Madrid and Paris and seizing the opportunity to study at some of the world's most renowned museums. Then, a semester working with artists in Senegal gave me a new artistic perspective on capturing beauty in the world through the use of batik techniques.
However, art touches me more deeply than just through academics. It is my passion and a veritable part of my life. Someone once asked me why I mainly paint black women. While the obvious reason would be because I like to express a part of my culture, I answered the question with a question: why does Western art focus on depicting white women, and when they do choose a more colorful subject, why does she usually represent the exotic, the embodiment of sexuality, with no focus of her character? There was no comment. I seek to give essence to each subject, to show that more exists in human representation than just physical beauty. I want my art to provoke emotions in the spectator and send electricity through his/her veins in the same manner that the process of creating touches me and my life. I also want people to see themselves in my work regardless of race, class, socio-economic level or religion because everyone deserves to be represented. If the observer sees a subject that looks nothing like him/her but evokes the same emotions, maybe he/she will realize that we are not so different after all. By the same token, if someone looks at my work and sees a subject that looks like him/her, I am touching an audience that might have felt marginalized in the Western art world. This desire to make the world a little smaller is also present in my academic endeavor to live among as many cultures as possible in order to grow internally while strengthening my relationship with my surroundings.


Product No 1213451
Subjects Dance, Figurative, Flamenco, People
Style Portraits
Tags Maya, Smith, dancer, flamenco, woman