Maya Eventov & Sheana
Maya Eventov was born in 1964 in Leningrad,
in the former Soviet Union. At a very young age she was introduced
by her parents to the great artistic treasures of St. Petersburg.
Maya spent countless hours at her favourite Hermitage museum
studying the works of great masters, especially those of the
post-impressionist period and Russian avant-gardism. The palette
of such artists as Matisse, Gauguin and Renoir greatly influenced
her interpretation of colour. Maya derived her sense of balance
and composition from the works of Alexander Rodchenko, El Lissitzki
and Kazimir Malevich and learned the value of detail and light
from the works of old masters. She began her artistic studies
at the age of six and after graduating from a four year art
program was accepted to the prestigious High School #190 affiliated
with the St. Petersburg State Academy of Industrial and Applied
Maya graduated from the Academy in 1987 with a Master's Degree
in graphic design and began work illustrating children's books.
She took part in creating murals for concert halls in Moscow,
Leningrad, Erevan and Komsomolsk-na-Amure. Maya immigrated to
Canada in 1990 and resides here with her husband and two children.
Her style of work has changed over the past 10 years, much of
which she attributes to the happy, safe and secure life she
found in North America. Maya loves the rich, bold and bright
colours of the Mediterranean and often portrays scenes from
her travels in her landscapes and as a background for her still-lifes.
Maya developed her unique technique of etching on oil after
being inspired by the Fabergé Eggs that fascinated her
as a child in a Russian museum. Her works evoke feelings of
happiness, well-being and joy of life. She wants to share with
you the warmth of the afternoon sun and the heat of the sidewalk,
the smell of exotic flowers and the taste of ripe fruit. She
wants you to wander the roads of Tuscany with her or enjoy a
quiet moment in an overstuffed armchair in a romantic setting
somewhere in Spain.
Maya has exhibited in many of the finest galleries in North
America and her paintings can be found in private collections
such as that of the Right Honorable Jean Chrétien and
in corporate collections such as the Canadian Imperial Bank
of Commerce in Toronto.
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