Maya Baran is a lens-based artist and director.
Maya completed her BFA at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem. During her studies, she was selected to participate in a student exchange program at The Pratt Institute in NYC. At Pratt, Maya Received a certificate of academic excellence and was listed in the president’s shortlist of high achieving students. She is currently an MFA candidate at the Hunter College Studio Art program.
Growing up as a daughter of immigrants, in the multicultural complex city that is Jerusalem, Maya has developed a devoted interest and tendency towards the metaphysical and the unseen, which are well represented in her work.
She relates to the camera as a powerful, all-seeing machine with embalming properties.
Maya uses it to explore human beings, narratives, suppressed subconscious experiences, folklore, myths, faith and intimacy with an emphasis on the connection between the human body to color, light, and space.
Selected exhibits and projects:
Participated in the Group show “Album” at Braverman Gallery in Tel Aviv (2019)
Selected twice to participate in the highly competitive “Artists Greenhouse” of the “Fresh Paint” art fair in Tel Aviv (eighth and tenth edition).
Selected to present her work in front of an international panel of judges at the International Photography Festival held in Tel Aviv, 2018
In 2019, Maya won the first prize for a music video she directed, at the Los Angeles Short Film and Script Festival. She is a grant recipient from the Rabinovich Foundation for the arts as well as the Rose Biller scholarship for excelling students.
During her time in Israel Maya was admitted and worked at the ‘Gabirol’ artist studio space compound, Tel Aviv.