The German artist Maya came from a creative family with a strong taste for music. Her mother played piano and accordion with enthusiasm while her father, also a musician, had a passion for painting landscapes and portraits. From her earliest years Maya observed her father's work with the certainty of her own artistic vocation. Alongside this early belief, Maya had a passion for water sports. A high-level athlete, she was chosen by the German national free dive team and set international records. Maya’s painting is profoundly influenced by the experience of the abyss, as well as by her travels around the world.
Maya paints in acrylic on canvas or wood with a special smoothing technique. This is based on the superposition of many layers with a spatula, which are then partially detached or integrated into images through collage. The artist is particularly fond of the complex association of painting with digital medium.
In addition to the underwater world always present in her work, sometimes very quietly, Maya focuses on cities and architecture. Here there are contrasts between the old and the new in particular, which capture her attention. They are reflected on her canvases in saturated colours and emphasized contours. The work of the German painter exudes a positive energy, inherited from her athletic career. She is also inspired by her admiration for artists such as Salvador Dalí (Spanish painter and sculptor, twentieth century), Antoni Gaudí (Spanish architect, nineteenth-twentieth centuries), Niki de Saint Phalle (French visual artist, twentieth century) or Gerhard Richter (German painter, twenty-twenty-first centuries).