Maya White is a visual artist from Asheville, NC. In 2021, White received a BFA in Studio Art at Western Carolina University. White's work has been featured in exhibitions and galleries, including The Bascom Center for the Visual Arts and The Maria V. Howard Art Center. She has also studied art restoration at the Lorenzo de Medici Institute in Florence, Italy, and technical painting, drawing and sculptural skills at the New York Academy of Art Summer Residency Program. White is a muralist and has painted murals in Asheville and Tennessee, including The Grey Eagle and Knoxville Recovery Center. White is currently creating paintings that capture overlooked moments that speak about society and culture, while exploring the dimensions of colors and forms.
“The invention of photography and social media encouraged individuals to present themselves publicly in ways they desire to be seen. ‘The Japanese say you have three faces. The first face you show to the world. The second face, you show to your close friends, and your family. The third face, you never show anyone. It is the truest reflection of who you are.’ My work speaks on this innermost identity we all have, and attempts to break through the facade to reveal instances of honesty and transparency.
My work captures life in dialogue with their habitations. My paintings celebrate moments and places that can be overlooked, and considered insignificant. I use enticing and sometimes enhanced colors to create a visual appeal. Spaces and environments reveal an ambience about individuals that I am interested in capturing alongside or in absence of a figure.”