With symmetrical compositions, intricate patterns, and lush colours, Maya Hayuk’s paintings and massively scaled murals recall views of outer space, traditional Ukrainian crafts, airbrushed manicures, and mandalas.


Hayuk weaves visual information from her immediate surroundings into her elaborate abstractions, creating an engaging mix of referents from popular culture and advanced painting practices alike while connecting to the ongoing pursuit of psychedelic experience in visual form. She has painted her iconic outdoor murals all over the world and, when not traveling, maintains an active studio in Brooklyn, sketching in paint to inform the large-scale works. She sees her studio painting practice and mural making as both inversely relational and symbiotic. Hayuk earned a BFA in Interrelated Media from Massachusetts College of Art and has studied at V.C.U., Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Canada, the University of Odessa, Ukraine, and at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine.

Hayuk has curated numerous exhibitions, is a member of the Barnstormers collective, the Cinders Art Collective and she frequently collaborated with other artists and musicians. She’s created album covers, videos, stage sets, photographs and posters for Rye Rye/M.I.A, The Akron Family, TV on the Radio, The Flaming Lips, Devendra Banhardt, Seun Kuti, Prefuse 73, Awesome Color, Oakley Hall, Home, Animal Collective, Dan Deacon, Bonnie Prince Billy and The Beastie Boys, amongst others.


Her book ‘Just Good Vibes’ on was released in 2007, and ‘Round The Way’ was published by 2010. Hayuk curated ‘This Wall Could Be Your Life’, from 2005 – 2011 on the exterior walls of the now legendary, and demolished Monster Island/ Secret Project Robot in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. On September 11th, 2011, Maya orchestrated the Paint Pour off the rooftop and down the walls of the building, drawing closed a curtain over years of public art work.