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Maya Kulenovic


Maya Kulenovic (Sarajevo,1975) hasexhibited extensively in Europe, USA and her country of Canada. Her paintingscan be foundinsignificantcollections worldwide. A book on her paintings, with a textbyBritish author, curator, and art critic Edward Lucie-Smith, was published by d'jonge Hond in the Netherlands,in 2008.Shestudied art at Ontario College of Art and Design University, Toronto(Canada)as well as at Mimar Sinan University inIstanbul(Turkey)andat Chelsea College of Art and Design (Masters of Art) in London,(UK).

Maya Kulenovic uses the technique of oil on canvas in a uniquemanner. Herworksarebuilt up ofnumeroustransparent glazing layers, some of which she intentionally subjects to damage by scraping and solvents, giving them depth and a sense of life. Herpaletteisprimarilysubdued, to a degree reminiscent of old photographs. At first glance, Maya’s work is figurative: her main themes are faces, landscapes, and architecture.However, the recognizable imagery is not the essence of her works. Maya's intentis to capture an ambience or psychological state, whileinitiating a debate between the onlooker and her works.

Naturally, the war in her native country of Yugoslavia made a deep impression on Maya Kulenovic, but it would bean error of interpretationtoreadher work merely in light of this dramatic conflict. Her paintings are far more universal,dealing withcyclesof time,resilience,and renewal. Maya Kulenovic’s work is as an old town, builtlayerupon layer,thenew coming forth from ruins. The structure of a town is dictated by its past, buildings are built on older buildings, destroyed because of old age or consumed by fire or war. Layer over layer of construction, destructionand reconstruction, creating a deep feeling ofthepast, present and indeedfuture.

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