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).
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.
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.