Maya Burman


Maya’s paintings are peopled, made up of characters that live in mythology and metaphor. Her figures float through fields, their bodies curving with the shapes of the landscape. Patterns weave and float around the central forms evoking a sense of exuberance and joie de vivre. Maya creates a dreamlike fairyland in her paintings. Her former training in architecture influences her work, visible in the scenes set within arches, columns and porches. The striking thing about Maya’s paintings is the amount of detail in them. Burman’s paintings have a tapestry like effect where everything is subordinate to floral, decorative patterning, reminiscent of the French art nouveau tradition. Maya Burman’s technique is a slow step-by-step process. She makes a pencil sketch first, and then applies the layer of watercolors and finishes the outlines and detail in black ink with a pen. The paintings are a meeting ground of two cultures – Indian as well as French. The details of Indian miniature painting and European Middle Age architecture merge in her art, and literature and poetry are also very much present. Solo exhibitions with art Musings include Rhapsody, 2014; A Dreamer’s Labyrinth, 2010; and Once Upon A Time, 2007. The artist lives and works in Paris.