Having originally grown up in Leningrad (in the former Soviet Union), from a very young age, Eventov was exposed to the Russian avant-garde and post-impressionist art in St. Petersburg. The palette of Matisse and Gaugin affected her interpretation of colour, while Rodchenko and Malevich influenced her sense of balance and composition. From the age of 6, she explored various forms of art and was accepted into the prestigious high school affiliated with the St. Petersburg State Academy of Industrial and Applied Arts. After she graduated in 1987 with a master’s degree in graphic design, Maya began working as an illustrator for children’s books. Eventov took advantage of the fall of the Iron Curtain and travelled the world until she eventually emigrated to Canada. Today, she lives with her family just outside of Toronto. She continues to travel, finding inspiration in the different landscapes around the world. Eventov’s paintings are characterized by a thick layer of acrylic paint using many differently sized palette knives. She creates imaginary and idealized Mediterranean-themed landscapes with the intention to capture the freedom of a bright blue sky and quiet cafes. She also creates works in which the scene is reminiscent of rural landscapes in North America; these pieces are created using a special palette knife and imitate a mosaic technique. Eventov states, “My works speak of my feelings of happiness. I love to paint, it feels great, and I hope that my art is a way to transfer this positive energy and wonderful feeling to others. I want to share the warmth of the afternoon, the smell of the exotic flowers, and the sensuous taste of the ripe fruit with the viewer. Wander with me through the roads of Tuscany or come enjoy a quiet moment in a romantic setting somewhere in Spain.”
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