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I am a Toronto/Ottawa based interdisciplinary artist and UX Designer. After doing a minor in social innovation, I became more intrigued by the world of design. While doing freelance graphic design and working in arts programming, I wanted to find something that linked together my passions. I loved the idea of making something for people, with their needs in mind, but as a creative I’m also always striving to build something beautiful. My passion for UX makes me strive to constantly learn, adapt, and apply empathy to every aspect of my workflow.

Biography

Maya Skarzenski is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, and designer working between Ottawa and Toronto. She completed her BFA in Drawing and Painting at OCAD University where she was awarded the Mrs. W. O. Forsyth Award.  After developing a graphic design practice Skarzenski returned to school to complete Brainstation's UX Design Bootcamp. Currently, she splits her time between creating websites and developing art exhibitions.


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. Her work has been shown across Canada and appeared in several online and print publications.


Artist Curriculum Vitae


Education

2022, User Experience Diploma, BrainStation, Toronto

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


Selected Shows

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 

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, 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

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

2020, OCADU Career Launcher Fund - Recipient

2019, Partial X OCADU Career Launcher - Recipient


Residencies

2022, Greenhouse Residency, Sweetpea Gallery, Victoria

2021, Akin Studio Program, Auto BLDG, Toronto


Publications

2021, PACE Magazine, Issue VIII, Ottawa, print

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

2018, The Could Nots and Has Beens, art book

2017, August, "Maya Skarzenski," Dissolving Film Mag, web

2017, June, "Dermiscapes," The Humming Magazines, web

2017, January, "Bow," Amaize Mag, web

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

Using Format