Maya Hayuk has gained notoriety for her colorful, dynamic and abstract murals, paintings and screen prints. Characterized by symmetrical compositions and intricate patterns, such works recall traditional Ukrainian crafts, space travel and bizarre spiritual landscapes. Hayuk combines advanced painting techniques with the pursuit of psychedelic experience through visual form, so that her work appears to have been made with a carefully studied carelessness; languid, paint drips give way into swaths of color, while rigid geometric shapes open out into free forms.
Maya Hayuk was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1969. She earned a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and has studied at the University of Odessa, Ukraine and at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine. Hayuk’s work has been the subject of one-person exhibitions and commissions at venues including The Hammer Museum, LA (2013), The Museum Of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto (2013) and the Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, The Netherlands (2012). She has created posters, stage sets, photographs, album covers and videos for prominent musicians, such as the Beastie Boys, Flaming Lips, Akron Family and TV On the Radio.
Maya Hayuk's Clocktower Gallery project is supported in part by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts.