Born in Prag, Č.R.
Graduated at the Academy of Fine Art in Paris – Beaux Arts, at the studio of painting under Prof. Mathey and the lithographic studio under Prof. Hadad
Member of Artist Association in Paris
Maya Alexandrovna has been working solidly for three years on the paintings: The Goddess of Snakes, The Queen of the Night, Nut, When the Gods Play, Childeric's Bees, Memories of Atlantis and other paintings all use the classic technique of oil painting. They are inspired by meeting people from different cultures, and the legacy of ancient civilisations; by classical music, but also by the rock of the 1970s and 1980s. The large paintings are full of symbolism, but also of a sense of the grotesque and of detachment. In the background, moreover, there is always the issue of the freedom of the individual. 'Everyone has the right to his or her own opinion and to learn freely,' she says. 'I value the individual, not the crowd. I'm an eternal rebel against all dogma, schema and religious systems. In life, I'm interested in the moments when fairly small things influence basic things!'
Although the artist and illustrator - who uses Maya as her artistic name - has lived peacefully in her native Prague for a number of years, she has also spent a large part of her life overseas. She studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Australia and Indonesia are the countries to which she has most frequently returned, both on working and private visits. She has exhibited in the US, Australia, Germany and France, and has worked on a number of animated films, including for the BBC. She has won a number of awards for her designs and illustrations.
After returning to the Czech lands she has focused on illustrating children's books and magazines, for publishers including Albatros.
Gallery of institute Beaux-Arts, Gallery 222, Duncan Gallery, Paris.
Casino in Le Havre, National Gallery city of Strasburg,
Gallery BMW, Munich
National Gallery of Melbourne, National Gallery of Cairns,
Gallery Abercrombie, Sydney, Melbourne,Libby Edwards, Melbourne,
Art Gallery Yacht club, Brisbane, Cairns
Beverly Pavilion- Exh. Of Modern Art, L.A., Hargroave’s Gallery, Sotho, N.Y.
Gallery VAN, Prag, Pražské Výstaviště, Gallery of Fine Art, Havličkuv Brod,
Gallery La Fame, Museum of city of Prague, Prague City Center,
Prices and Nominations
1993 Children’s Book of the Year Awards, Australia, New Zeeland
1991 Children’s Book of the Year Awards, Australia, New Zeeland
1990 Book of the Year Awards, Australia, New Zeeland
1982 Ten Top designer of the Year, Australia
1981 I. Price AUS. , GOWN of the Year 1981/section form.day.
Books and Editors
Oxford University Press, Thomas Nelson, US Asthon Scholastic,
William Heinemann, MC Millen, Random Century, Lito, Flammarion,
Horwitz Grahame, Albatros, Fragment, Mladá Fronta atd.