Biography

Maya Skarzenski is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, and designer based in Toronto, Canada. She earned her BFA in Drawing and Painting from OCAD University, where she was awarded the Mrs. W. O. Forsyth Award. Her work has been featured in galleries and conferences across Canada, both through juried and solo exhibitions. She currently works as a freelance User Experience Designer, having completed a bootcamp at BrainStation. Drawing from her diverse skills and domains, she creates projects that are compassionate and human-centred.

Notable projects include exhibiting at “The Exchange: Conversations to Inspire Change with Samantha Bee” for International Women’s Day; curating for “Together Apart”, an international arts festival; and building the website for “Exuberant”, a jewellery designer currently exhibiting at New York Fashion Week.

Maya is also an organizer at Long Winter Toronto, where she puts all her skills to use by coordinating arts and music events.


Artist Statement

Much of Skarzenski's work comes from her fascination with the body’s connection and disconnection with the self. She is interested in how our bodies manifest the self and how art mimics the body in this way. The diversity of her work is brought together in harmony as it is thematically and visually similar. Soft-sculptures, satin paintings, and macro photography are the foundations of her practice but her love of each medium allows her to continuously expand her repertoire. She uses her own emotional responses to guide themes in her work. Uncertainty and ambivalence become fuel for her art production.


Artist Curriculum Vitae


Education

2020, BFA Drawing and Painting + Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation Minor, OCAD University, Toronto

2022, User Experience Diploma, BrainStation, Toronto

2023, Creative Business Accelerator, Fineline, Toronto


Fairs

Upcoming, The Artist Project, Toronto

Upcoming, Clio Art Fair, New York City


Selected Shows

2023, Crépuscule, CIBC SQUARE, Toronto, ON

2023, Fashion Art Toronto Spring/Summer, Toronto, ON

2023, Eat Your Heart Out at The Drake Hotel, Toronto, ON

2022, Class of 2020 at Ada Slaight Gallery, Toronto, ON

2022, Nightmare on Queer St at The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON

2022, Ghostly at 100% Silk, Toronto, ON

2022, The Practice at Habit Coffee, Victoria, BC

2022, Objects of Affection, Victoria, BC

2021, Keep It Alive at Gallery 1313, Toronto, ON 

2021, Collective Experience at Propeller Gallery, Toronto,

2020, When I Touch You  at OCADU, Toronto

2020, Festival of the Body at OCADU, juried show, Toronto 

2020, Art Prom at OCADU, Toronto

2019, Creature Comfort at Dorothy H Hoover Library, Toronto

2018, C.H.U.D. at OCADU, Toronto

2018, Saturate at Beaver Hall, Toronto

2017, Punk Circus at Smiling Buddha, Toronto

2017, Food Print at OCADU, Toronto

2016, Salon of Inclusiveness at Black Cat Artspace, Toronto

2016, OCADU Pop-up at Yorkville Village Arts Festival, Toronto

2016, Viscous, Anniversary Gallery at OCADU, Toronto

2016, Skin Condition, Solo Exhibition, Gladwin Studio, Ottawa

2016, First Year Student Exhibition, juried show, OCAD University, Toronto

2014, Solo Exhibition, Gladwin Studio, Ottawa

2013, Summer Student exhibition, Emily Carr University, Vancouver


Online Exhibitions

2021, Salon 15, Propeller Gallery, Online

2021, Unlimited Dada, Propeller Gallery, Online

2021, Grad Ex 105, OCADU, Online

2020, Off the Screen, Propeller Gallery

2020, DRAWING & PAINTING CLASS OF 2020 GRADEX105 SHOW, Propeller Gallery

2020, Art in the Time of Coronavirus




Curatorial

2021, Sweet Fruit at Together Apart Festival, Curator, Toronto

2021, Long Winter Season 9 Episode 3, Co-Curator

2021, Long Winter Season 9 Episode 2, Co-Curator

2020, Long Winter Season 9 Episode 1, Co-Curator

2019, Symbiosis at OCAD University, Curator, Toronto

2016, South-Division Art Show at Campus Co-op, Curator, Toronto


Awards and Grants

2023, CIBC C2: Create and Curate Program - Recipient

2020, Mrs. W. O. Forsyth Award - Recipient

2020, OCADU Career Launcher Fund - Recipient

2019, Partial X OCADU Career Launcher - Recipient


Residencies

Upcoming: Kunstraum Residency, Kunstraum, Brooklyn

2022, Greenhouse Residency, Sweetpea Gallery, Victoria

2021, Akin Studio Program, Auto BLDG, Toronto


Bibliography

2023, Rising Stars: Maya Skarzenski, Suboart Magazine, online

2021, Episode #14 Maya Skarzenski, Beyond the Frame, Interview, Propeller Gallery, online

2021, Issue VIII, PACE Magazine, Ottawa, print

2020, 105 Drawing and Painting Catalogue, OCAD University, Toronto, print

2020, Remote Art Talks, Interview, Artifier, online

2017, August, “Maya Skarzenski,” Dissolving Film Mag, online

2017, June, “Dermiscapes,” The Humming Magazine, online

2016, June/July issue, The Candy Zine, online

Using Format