Motherly Love by Maya Mekira

Booth #1105

Artist Bio:
Maya Mekira was born in Tokyo in 1978. She had a hard life since she was a little girl. She was raised by her alcoholic and suicidal mother, and her stepfather, enduring violence and sexual abuse. What healed her wounded and lonely mind was the vibrant lives of familiar creatures such as flowers, bugs and animals. Her imagination helped enrich and enliven her relationship with those creatures. She loves her mother even though she was abused. She also came to be aware of her mother’s inner sadness. Little Maya drew pictures to make her mother happy. When she saw her mother’s happy smile, she stated to draw pictures almost every day.

She wasn’t good at talking, so before she knew it drawing became the only satisfying means of expressing herself.
She received high marks for her arts and crafts classes in elementary and junior high school, and she got a recommendation from her teacher to go to a famous art university-affiliated high school.
However, disappointingly the problems her family faced didn’t give her a chance to study at art school.

At twenty years she hit a turning point in her life. She got a chance to learn how to draw characters and illustrations from a professional. Afterward the software that featured the characters she designed was released. She was twenty eight years old when her mother passed away. She had supported and accepted her mother during her life, but her mother’s death was a life changing event for her.

Life eventually came back to her, and she started making art works and entered in various publicly sponsored exhibitions in Japan and group exhibitions abroad. She gained attention because she was self taught artist, so she used unique materials and new arts and crafts techniques. Her art works were sold in group exhibitions and received many prizes.
Her collected works were exhibited in galleries in Tokyo and chosen for the special exhibitions. Furthermore, her art works has appeared in the Swiss art magazine “rivierant” and the Japanese art magazine “Window of Art” in full color printing.

She got married at the age of 33 and left Tokyo. Now she lives in a place full of nature surrounded by mountains.
She was blessed with two sons and devotes her mind to her lovely kids and creative activities.

A belief that “every living thing has a story to tell and feelings to convey” is the basis of the world view from which Maya Mekira’s fantasy art is made. Regardless of the type of creature, her art is always compassionate and considerate of their heart and mind. That is what moves the heart of the viewer.

She was abused when she was young. What healed her wounded and lonely mind was the vibrant lives of familiar creatures such as flowers, bugs and animals. Her imagination helped enrich and enliven her relationship with those creatures. The creatures in the art she creates have expressions and a feeling of presence, so that they give off a sense of being alive.

Her three-dimensional art is handcrafted from stone powder clay. She uses her tiny fingers and nails precisely, creating most of her artwork using only the tips of her fingers. She regards the works she makes as a kind of communication with living creatures, so she really cherishes working with her hands. Like a relief, her artworks have a different expression depending on the viewing angle, so they can be said to be a constantly changing picture. She says “Every life has its own story. We are always surrounded by dramatic happenings”. Her experience and imagination are what make her artwork unique. The artist lives and works in Japan.

Press Release:
A belief that “every living thing has a story to tell and feelings to convey” is the basis of the world view from which Maya Mekira’s fantasy art is made. Regardless of the type of creature, her art is always compassionate and considerate of their heart and mind. That is what moves the heart of the viewer.She was abused when she was young. What healed her wounded and lonely mind was the vibrant lives of familiar creatures such as flowers, bugs and animals. Her imagination helped enrich and enliven her relationship with those creatures. The creatures in the art she creates have expressions and a feeling of presence, so that they give off a sense of being alive. Her three-dimensional art is handcrafted from stone powder clay.She uses her tiny fingers and nails precisely, creating most of her artwork using only the tips of her fingers.

She regards the works she makes as a kind of communication with living creatures, so she really cherishes working with her hands. Like a relief, her artworks have a different expression depending on the viewing angle, so they can be said to be a constantly changing picture.

She says “Every life has its own story. We are always surrounded by dramatic happenings”. Her experience and imagination are what make her artwork unique. Now she lives with 2 kids in a South Japan full of nature and works.

Contact Info:
Website: https://mayamekira718.wixsite.com/maya-mekira

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