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Maya Eventov - Toronto, Canada


Maya Eventov grew up in Leningrad in the former Soviet Union.  St. Petersburg, as it is now known, is a city fabled for its beauty and culture.  At a young age Eventov was exposed to some of the finest art in St. Petersburg.  “I lived behind the iron curtain, but we had rich collections of works available for viewing at the Hermitage Museum or in any of the Moscow museums.”  It was here where Maya began to develop an understanding for the technical side of artwork and at the same time a growing appreciation for the works of some of Europe’s finest master artists.

From the age of six onwards, Eventov studied art in one form or another.  She was accepted into the prestigious High School #190, which is affiliated with the St. Petersburg State Academy of Industrial and Applied Arts.  As a student she participated in the various state juried exhibitions, but always found them to be traditional and boring.  She much preferred the underground exhibitions organized by students.  After graduating in 1987 with a master’s degree in graphic design, she began working as an illustrator for children’s books.

In the early 1990’s Maya immigrated to Canada.  This change in scenery gave her freedom of expression, to explore and to create.  “I’m a happy person; I enjoy beautiful flowers and landscapes.  I am captivated by smells and sounds that can convey strength of emotion in a happy painting.”

Eventov’s paintings are characterized by a thick application of acrylic paint using a selection of different sized palette knives.  The paint is applied as both blended and pure colors.  Smaller knives are used to create depth and detail in her paintings.  She then uses a series of varnishes designed to create a “wet paint effect.”

Today Eventov and her family reside outside of Toronto, Ontario.  She continues to travel, finding inspiration for her works in the varied landscapes around the world.

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