Maya de Almeida Araujo

Maya de Almeida Araujo

London, Notting hill gate, United Kingdom

About Maya de Almeida Araujo

Both pragmatist & dreamer, Maya is an Award Winning Visual Artist working with Moving Image, Light & Sound.

What has inspired her to create is the power of imagery. Its beauty and its truth drawn from life’s spectrum have the ability to transcend the human spirit.

London is home but Maya is originally from Portugal where she was raised by the sea. After a science degree from Imperial College, her career took a sharp turn. So, as an artist she is mostly self-taught - from stints at Central Saint Martins, training with lighting manufacturers to learning from some of the greatest image makers such as Tim Flach and Lois Greenfield.

The underwater environment is the physical manifestation of silence. Unlike sound, light travels more slowly through water presenting creative challenges & opportunities...In this intimate space one is sensitised to movement & form and this creative process becomes intuitive. An obsessive aesthetic and a sense of wonder for the fluidity of motion drew Maya to photograph. The eventual role of space, rhythm & sound occurred organically as a natural part of a creative evolution, with technology playing an increasingly central role as an enabler for the work, both in its creation and its display.

Drawn to the mysterious, Maya instinctively creates work that pulls away from a single reality and is less about what is seen and more about what is sensed - free from the restrictions of space or thought. A language based on the principle of a single thread connecting all forms of life without division, except in our perception of it.

Maya's Fine Art work exists in public and private collections and has been recognised by juried international exhibitions and competitions. Collaborations with a range of commercial & private clients include CHI & Partners, Y&R Branding, Orion Publishing, OneDrop Foundation, the Lisbon Oceanarium, Crowood Press, Egoista Magazine, BalbirSingh, Dance UK, AD Dance Company, AD Dance, D&B Performing Arts, The English National Ballet, the Akram Khan Dance Company, Body of People & The Nureyev Medical Foundation.

Events

Jan 2020
Launch of site specific art installation "ONE" in Lisbon exploring our deep human connection to Oceans and each other

Mar 2017
Tel Aviv Women Artist Group Exhibition

Mar 2016
Platinum & Silver award for underwater portraits - Graphis Photography Annual 2016

Oct 2015
Technical Feature for Canon Professional Services on 5DS: ‘Beneath the Surface’ underwater beauty photographic shoot.

Sept 2015
OneEyeland competition: Bronze award for 'Fine Art' and ‘People’ categories; Finalist for ‘Advertising' and ‘Sports’ categories.

Mar 2014
Creative Review feature interview on photographing underwater.
2014
UK Professional Photographer of the Year: Shortlisted.
Jun 2014
Installation Magazine feature interview on the creative process.
2011
Epsom World Shootout - Finalist for the Environmental Conservation Category.
2011
BBC Wildlife Magazine - Humpback Whales

Exhibitions

Jan 2020
Launch of site specific art installation "ONE" in Lisbon exploring our deep human connection to Oceans and each other

Mar 2017
Tel Aviv Women Artist Group ExhibitionNov 2015
P/Art Ibiza, Spain. Group exhibition.
Oct 2015
125LIVE, London. Group exhibition on outstanding innovation in photography.
Oct 2014
Shanghai International Invitational Photographic Exhibition - ‘Underwater Dance’ series.
Aug 2013 - Group exhibition Metal, Chalkwell Hall, curated by Chris Nash
Sep 2012
Group exhibition at City Hall - Cultural Olympiad ‘Big Dance London’ collaboration with English National Ballet.
Sep 2011
Arles Salon in France - Underwater images in multimedia installation.