Maya Kulenovic

Maya Kulenovic is a Canadian painter, based in Toronto. She was born in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia (now Bosnia Herzegovina) in 1975. She studied classical piano at the Sarajevo Conservatory from 1984 to 1992, followed by a three years Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in painting at Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul, Turkey. Between 1995 and 1997, she completed an AOCAD Honours course at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, and in 1998 she graduated with a Master of Arts from the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, England, during which she was a resident at the Goodenough College, also in London.

An artist's technique often gives clues to how he/she thinks about his subjects, life, beauty, and mortality. Maya Kulenovic's aesthetics lies in the combination of vulnerability and strength of her subjects, and the same can be seen in the way she handles her material. In her paintings there is a constant dialogue between spontaneity and control. Her technique comes from the tradition of old masters, which she studied for many years. She uses translucent glazes and dark palette to create chiaroscuro effects reminiscent of Caravaggio and Rembrandt; yet her work does not have the obsessive or decorative quality of many contemporary paintings in 'traditional realist' style. Instead, Maya Kulenovic's technique is expressive, direct, fresh, and often challenging; and it invites the viewer to participate emotionally in the work.


1997-98 Master of Arts, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, England
1997-98 Residency at Goodenough College, London, England
1995-97 Fine Arts Department, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto. AOCAD Honours.
1992-95 Painting Department, Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul, Turkey. BFA program.
1984-92 Conservatory training in classical piano, Sarajevo, BH


2006        MAYA KULENOVIC, QUAB Gallery, Art Central, Calgary (April)
                ECHOES OF THE LAMENT, Gallerie Luz, Montreal (March- April)
                PENUMBRA, Blackheath Gallery, London, England (May)

2005        WAKE, QUAB Gallery, Art Central, Calgary

2003        YEAR ZERO, SPIN Gallery, Toronto

2002        SUBLIME, Partners Films, Toronto

2001        INTER NOS, ZYPR Gallery Toronto
                MAYA KULENOVIC: Portraits, Una Mas, Toronto

2000        SEER, I-Land Gallery, Toronto
                MAYA KULENOVIC, Partners Films, Toronto
                EXPOSURE, SPIN Gallery
                CAPRICE II, La Vitrine, Scotia Plaza, Toronto

1999        PROCESSION Gallery 89, John Abbott College, Montreal
                CAPRICE, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto
                MAYA KULENOVIC, paintings, Revolutionary Bean cafe, Beaches, Toronto

1996-98   VERTIGO studio MFA show, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, UK
                WALLS-VOIDS Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto


2006        Galerie Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands
                War, QUAB Gallery, Calgary
                Stampede, QUAB Gallery, Calgary
                Fence Project; Sungnam - Pangyo, Korea - Public Design Innovation Centre
                Abstract Mind Mural, A. Castilo Art Foundation; Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

2005        1040 Gallery, Montreal
                QUAB Gallery, Calgary
                International Women in Art, Aldo Castillo Gallery, Chicago
                Aldo Castillo Gallery, Chicago

2004        QUAB Gallery, Calgary
                INANIMATION, Museum of the Future, Toronto (installation, Collaboration with A S Hamilton)
                Art at War, Chicago State University, Chicago
                Art at War, Aldo Castillo Gallery, Chicago
                Auction of M Kulenovic paintings at Boston College, Boston (Benefit for FOB )

1999        Sable- Castelli Gallery, Toronto. Three people exhibition with Marianna Gartner and Julie Moos.

1995-04   Hot'n'Fresh, SPIN Gallery, Toronto
                Mini-Me SPIN Gallery, Toronto
                Toronto Fashion Show, SPIN Gallery, Toronto
                Gender Less Generation, SPIN Gallery, curator Juno Youn, Toronto
                Faculty exhibition, MacLaren Gallery, Georgian College, Barrie
                Children of the Revolution, Fleurs du Mal Gallery, Toronto
                Sable- Castelli Gallery, Toronto
                Rhythm, Ritual and Repetitive Action, curated by Virginia MacDonnell, Propeller CVA
                Pump House, London, England. Chelsea College MFA show.
                Divine, curated by Rae Johnson, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts.
                John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto.
                The DD Exhibition 1996, International Drawing Exhibition, Kyoto, Japan
                Inaugural Exhibition, Propeller Gallery, Toronto
                Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Philips Square (Best Student Award)
                Touring exhibition at Marmara, Istanbul and Bosphorus Universities, Istanbul
                SIEMENS. Juried exhibition organized by the Siemens Inc.

Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation Grant
London Goodenough Trust bursary
Mudge Massey Graduate Travelling Scholarship
David L. Stevenson Scholarship
Mrs. W.O. Forsyth Scholarship
was offered the Ontario- Quebec Student Exchange Fellowship
Av Isaacs Tuition Scholarship
NCR Canada Ltd. (Best Student Award), Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Art at War, Chicago Sun -Times, Galleries, by Margaret Hawkins
Art at War, Zeek: A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture, by Bara Sapir
ZED TV, YEAR 0, Maya Kulenovic. CBC Vancouver
The Globe and Mail, Inter Nos exhibition image and review, listings section, Nov 2001
Eye Magazine, Exposure Exhibition Review, Sep 2000
MIX Magazine, Caprice, Summer issue 1999
The Globe and Mail, Sable-Castelli exhibition review, Gallery Going, Feb 1999
Rhythm, Ritual and Repetitive Action exhibition catalogue,
MA 1998, Chelsea College of Art an Design, London, England, exhibition catalogue
The DD Exhibition catalogue, Kyoto, Japan
Soho International Art Catalogue, New York
* And numerous on-line based magazines

2002    Art History. Industrial Design Department, Humber College, Toronto

2001    Art History. Industrial Design Department, Humber College, Toronto
            Drawing From Imagination. Fine Arts Department, Georgian College, Barrie
            Concept in Drawing. Fine Arts Department, Georgian College, Barrie

2000    Painting Studio Course. Faculty of Art and Design, Georgian College, Barrie.
            Life Drawing Course. Faculty of Art and Design, Georgian College, Barrie.
            Computer Imagery Course. Faculty of Art and Design, Georgian College, Barrie.

Core, a critical essay published in L'Espace magazine, Summer. Montreal.
Peter Horvath at Spin Gallery, shotgun review, LOLA magazine
Toronto Artist Run Culture panel discussion, Georgian College, Barrie
slide presentation of own work and discussion, Georgian College, Barrie
slide presentation of own work, London Goodenough Trust, London, England
* and many private slide presentations.