Maya Kulenovic

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Maya Kulenovic
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Born (1975-03-01)March 1, 1975
Sarajevo, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Canadian
Education Ontario College of Art and Design University, University of the Arts London, Mimar Sinan University
Known for Painting, Drawing, Sculpture
Movement Metamodernism, Contemporary Realism, Classical Realism

Maya Kulenovic (born March 1, 1975 in Sarajevo, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia) is a Canadian artist[1] and painter. She lives and works in Toronto, Canada. She has been exhibiting nationally and internationally since 1993.[2]

She studied at Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto, Canada; Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul, Turkey; and Chelsea College of Art and Design (University of the Arts London) in London, England. She is also an alumna of Goodenough College in London, England.

A book about the work of Maya Kulenovic by Edward Lucie-Smith in Dutch and English was published by d'jonge Hond in the Netherlands in 2008.


Edward Lucie-Smith wrote the following about Kulenovic's work:

"No-one could describe Maya Kulenovic's paintings as 'photographic', but their place in the realist tradition is nevertheless secure. Her work is realist in the way that Rembrandt and Goya are realist. They attempt to explore the essence of human existence, and often come up with uncomfortable truths. These truths are conveyed through paintings that fall into very specific categories, related to the old hierarchy of genres that was discarded by the pioneering Modernists, in Kulenovic's work we find still life paintings, portraits (of a sort), landscapes and architectural compositions"

"(about her portraits) .... the artist's preoccupation seems to be, not the creation of a likeness but the presentation of a psychological state. When one looks at these (portraits), one realizes that they are in fact the key to Kulenovic's work considered as a whole. The still lifes, the architectural compositions, and the landscapes are also, in their essence, attempts to identify and present a particular state of being. This quality is what makes her work so haunting, and so unlike the work of any other artist of her generation that I can immediately think of."




  • Edward Lucie-Smith, (translation by B. Ruijsenaars) "Maya Kulenovic" (d'jonge Hond/Netherlands 2008), 1 vol. Hardcover (128 p.), ISBN 90-8910-045-8


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