Maya Hayuk

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Maya Hayuk
Born 1969 (age 48–49)
Baltimore, Maryland
Education University of Odessa, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
Alma mater Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Known for Geometric, patterned murals
Wall painting by Maya Hayuk, "CHEM TRAILS NYC", HOUSTON & BOWERY, FEBRUARY 2014
Head Light, exhibition's view at ALICE Gallery, Brussels
Mural painting by Maya Hayuk in Charleroi, 2014

Maya Hayuk (Born 1969 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an internationally exhibited American artist living and working in Brooklyn. She is perhaps best known for the bold geometric patterns she employs in large-scale murals.


Hayuk received a BFA in 1991 from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, she has also studied at the University of Odessa, in Odessa, Ukraine and at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.[1]

She gathers her inspiration from pysanka, mandalas, chandeliers, views from the Hubble Telescope, holograms, Rorschach test, and surrounding environment.[2]

Her work has been the subject of one person exhibitions and commissions at venues including UCLA's Hammer Museum, LA (2013), The Museum Of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto (2013), Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht (2012) and Socrates Sculpture Park in New York (2011).[3]

In 2005, curated and produced This Wall Could Be Your Life on the exterior walls of Monster Island, which is now demolished. It was a 7-year project that was funded by herself. On September 11, 2011 she arranged the Paint Pour Off from the rooftop and down the walls of the building to commence the finality of this project and Monster Island.[4]

From August 17, 2013 until January 6, 2014 her work was the subject of a Museum exhibition at UCLA's Hammer Museum called “Hammer Projects: Maya Hayuk”.[5] She painted large-scale murals in the lobby of the Hammer Museum, it was launched at an August 16, 2014 event with artists Chris Johanson and Gary Panter and music from No Age band.[5] During the winter of 2014 she created a new work for the Bowery Mural an ever-changing series of installed murals on a wall project established by the late real estate developer and art impresario, Tony Goldman. She is only the third woman to ever paint this wall.[6][7]

Hayuk has curated numerous exhibitions, such as Apocabliss at Alice Gallery (2008),[8] is a member of the Barnstormers collective, the Cinders Art Collective and has frequently collaborated with other artists and musicians. She's created album covers, videos, stage sets, photographs and posters for Rye Rye/M.I.A, The Akron Family, TV on the Radio, The Flaming Lips, Devendra Banhardt, Seun Kuti, Prefuse 73, Awesome Color, Oakley Hall, Home, Animal Collective, Dan Deacon, Bonnie Prince Billy and The Beastie Boys, among others.

Legal issues[edit]

Hayuk's work has been the center of appropriation disputes, as well. In 2015, Hayuk sued Starbuck's, claiming that they used her designs after she had declined the company's offer to partner with them.[9] The lawsuit was thrown out, but in 2016, Hayuk asked the judge on the case to reconsider the decision. The works in question are copyrighted, but the court decided that shapes, lines and colors were not exclusive to Hayuk and withstood copyright infringement's substantial similarities.[10] Hayuk has also sued singer Sara Bareilles and Coach for featuring her Bowery, NYC, mural Chemical Trails without the artist's permission.[11]


  1. ^ "Maya Hayuk, Artist Profile". Cooper Cole Gallery. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Hammer Projects, Maya Hayuk". Hammer Museum. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Maya Hayuk". Circle Culture Gallery. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Maya Hayuk". WideWalls. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  5. ^ a b Rosemberg, Jasmin (August 26, 2013). "Hammer Projects Presents an Exhibit by Muralist Maya Hayuk". Los Angeles Confidential. Niche Media LLC. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Streets: Maya Hayuk – Bowery & Houston Mural (Part I)". Arrested Motion. February 8, 2014. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Tag Archives: Bowery Houston Mural". Arrested Motion. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Apocabliss". ALICE Gallery. March 20, 2008. 
  9. ^ "Maya Hayuk Sues Starbucks for Stealing Her Art-artnet News". artnet News. 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2017-04-19. 
  10. ^ Streetartandlaw (2016-07-18). "Maya Hayuk – Starbucks and the substantial similarity test. Idea vs. expression". Street Art & Law. Retrieved 2017-04-19. 
  11. ^ "Maya Hayuk Sues Starbucks for Stealing Her Art-artnet News". artnet News. 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2017-04-20. 

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