“I started painting a long time before I saw myself as an artist. I began drawing at nights after my twin boys were born. I was tremendously exhausted, but also experienced an unexpected sharpness of the mind. I just had to paint, and everything suddenly made sense. It never stopped evolving and few months later I rented a studio and began painting on canvas.”
Maya Bloch (b. 1978, beer sheva), lives and works in tel aviv. an autodidactic artist who gained her ba and ma in history of the arts from the tel aviv University.
Maya Bloch’s work represents haunting and melting dream-like scenes, that seem to play out on and at the peripheries of family gatherings long since passed. Bloch artistic style is led by the urge to "ruin" the characters she paints. Basing her paintings on her immense collection of old family photos (not hers) she is drawn into the photographs’ unusual happening and spiritual moments frozen in time, translating them into a painting while discovering things that could not have existed in the photos and that can only be born in the painting. She tends to "erase" the particularity from her subject matters as their parts bleed in and out of recognition, answering the need to minimize her own presence in creating the works, melting inside and disappearing.
21x30cm, 2021, markers and ink on paper
Walking in Red 180X135 oil on canvas
(Bug Lady Fairy) 2021 oil on canvas 183x150
ink, crayons and markers on paper, 2021, 25.5x21cm
The Magician (Moving Blue) 2021 oil on canvas 145X150cm
Selected solo exhibitions: Sleeping Women, Maya Gallery, Tel Aviv (2020); Anybody Out There, Thierry Goldberg Gallery, New York (2017) ; Life goes on without me, Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin (2016); Feels like Home, Thierry Goldberg Gallery, New York (2015); Here You Are, Thierry Goldberg Gallery, New York (2013); This is Not Happening, Sommer Contemporary Gallery, Tel Aviv (2012); Hello Stranger, Thierry Goldberg Projects, New York (2011); Fabricated Life, SanGallo Art Station Gallery, Firenze (2010); Anna Veronica, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa (2009)
Selected group exhibitions: Table Manners, The Genia Schreiber University Art Gallery, Tel Aviv (2018); You Don’t Bring Me Flowers, 68 Projects, Berlin (2015); Rothfeld Collection, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington (2013); Dorian Gray, Second Guest Gallery, New York (2012); Facial Expressionism: Immanence Envisaged, Cerritos College Art Gallery, Los Angeles (2012); Solar Eclipse, Noga Gallery, Tel Aviv (2011); Shesh-Besh, Petach-Tikva Museum of Art, Petach Tikva (2011); Traces - the 4th Drawing Biennial, Jerusalem Artists' House (2010); Girls Just Want to Have Funds, PPOW Gallery, New York (2010); Batsheva's Studio, Marlborough Gallery, New York (2010); Connected Unconscious, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), New York (2009)