Photo Credit: Greg Powers

Photo Credit: Greg Powers

Maya Freelon

Maya Freelon is an award-winning visual artist whose work was described by the late poet Maya Angelou as "visualizing the truth about the vulnerability and power of the human being."

She is featured in the 2019 Oct/Nov issue of Garden & Gun magazine, highlighting the new book, Southern Women. Cosmopolitan Magazine featured her in June 2015 in "Art Stars," calling her one "of the most badass female artists in the biz."

She was commissioned by Google to design original art for their OnHub router, by Cadillac to create a live-sculpture for their Dare Greatly creative campaign, by the North Carolina Museum of Art to create a collaborative tissue paper sculpture celebrating the opening of their African Art wing and by Halcyon to create a monumental sculpture for the First Annual By the People Festival at the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building.

Her unique tissue paper art, praised by the International Review of African American Art as "a vibrant, beating assemblage of color," has been exhibited internationally, including shows in Paris, Jamaica, Madagascar, and Italy.

She was selected by Modern Luxury Magazine as Best of the City; by Huffington Post as "Black Artists: 30 Contemporary Art Makers Under 40 You Should Know"; and by Complex Magazine as "15 Young Black Artists Making Waves in the Art World."

Maya has completed residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, the Korobitey Institute in Ghana, and the Brandywine Workshop in Philadelphia. She earned a BA from Lafayette College and an MFA from the School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Maya Freelon is currently an artist-in-residence at QueenSpace in NYC. She is available for speaking engagements, art residencies, workshops and private lessons. She is always seeking visual art interns in all media, please fill out the contact form for more information.

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U.S. State Department, U.S. Embassy in Madagascar; U.S. Embassy Swaziland; U.S. Embassy Rome; Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture; First Citizens Bank; The University of Maryland (David C. Driskell Center); The Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists; The Reginald F. Lewis Museum; The School of the Museum of Fine Arts; The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Lafayette College; The Brandywine Workshop; The Experimental Printmaking Institute; The Williston Northampton School; The Kokrobitey Institute; Lewis Tanner Moore; Dr. Maya Angelou.