Maya Almeida Araujo is an award winning Multidisciplinary Visual Artist who uses art as a catalyst for connection.
With a focus on the element of water, the work floats between the spheres of still and moving images, artistic installation, and site specific work.
Navigating the confluence of nature, art and technology, her work has developed through critical engagement with her own mind and body in a way that raises fundamental questions of how human beings relate to themselves and to their environment.
Adopting a unique approach to each work, Maya draws on personal experience, culture and ancient philosophy to create visceral immersive experiences. An invitation to step into an imaginary world in a way that at once sensorial and profoundly intimate. Taking the viewer into a realm in which the boundaries between Man and Nature disappear, it asks how we can come together and ultimately, heal.
London is home but Maya was born in Lisbon to Portuguese/Belgian/German parents. From a Bachelor of Science from Imperial College London, the artistic path was one of auto-didacticism; studying photography at Central Saint Martins, training with equipment manufacturers and exposure to some of the greatest image makers of our time, such as Tim Flach and Lois Greenfield.
The work consistently pushes technological boundaries in search for a truer realisation of the intended experience. Recent projects have involved developing custom rigs for film-making in the open ocean, multi-screen editing at ground breaking levels of resolution, colour depth, motion, interactive animation environments and producing hyper-textured ambisonic soundscapes. All in partnership with a collective of like- minded artistic collaborators and craftspeople without losing sight of her truth.
Works are found in public and private collections and been recognised by juried international exhibitions and competitions. Collaborations with a range of commercial & private clients include CHI & Partners, Y&R Branding, Orion Publishing, OneDrop Foundation, The Lisbon Oceanarium, Crowood Press, Egoista Magazine, Dance UK, AD Dance Company, Random Dance, Scientific American, D&B Performing Arts, The English National Ballet, the Akram Khan Dance Company, Body of People Dance Company & The Nureyev Medical Foundation.