Maya Kramer Biography

Maya Kramer’s work functions as a haunting antidote to the often hyperbolic and saccharine version of life portrayed in popular culture. Beginning with a concern for humanity’s precarious relationship to its environment, the artist uses surprising materials to render images from nature—coal and fake diamonds made into a night sky; a tiger skull constructed from laundry detergent; and a jungle crafted from the pages of The New York Times. The resulting pieces are a strange hybrid between the material and illusionistic, and the man-made and organic worlds. By scrambling different polarities, she seeks to portray a more inexplicable and nuanced reality than the one commonly depicted.

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Maya Kramer, b. 1977, Washington DC, obtained her BFA in 2000 from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD and received her MFA in 2006 from Hunter College in NYC. She was based in New York City for nine years, during which time she worked in the curatorial department of the Guggenheim Museum and for private collectors.

In 2010 she moved to Shanghai and has since exhibited internationally in conjunction with institutions such the Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong, the Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, Holland, and The Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China, among others. She is the recipient of the Jacob Javits Fellowship, and her works have been featured in media such as Fortune Art, Randian, and Blouin Art Info. She is currently teacher at NYU Shanghai as an adjunct Instructor of Art History and also a regular contributor to Frieze magazine and Cobo Social.

Text courtesy Capsule Shanghai.

Maya Kramer Featured Artworks

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Fire and Ice by Maya Kramer contemporary artwork painting
Maya Kramer Fire and Ice, 2019 Xuan paper and acrylic paint on aluminium panel
66 x 90 x 10.5 cm
Capsule Shanghai Contact Gallery
Network Error by Maya Kramer contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Maya Kramer Network Error, 2019 Xuan paper, acrylic and house paint on aluminium panel
89 x 124 x 11.2 cm
Capsule Shanghai Contact Gallery
Undertow by Maya Kramer contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Maya Kramer Undertow, 2019 Xuan paper, acrylic and house paint on aluminium
90 x 66 x 9.3 cm
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Capsule Shanghai
There is Nothing You Can Measure Anymore by Maya Kramer contemporary artwork photography
Maya Kramer There is Nothing You Can Measure Anymore, 2010–2013 Transparency on LED board (framed)
81 x 59.5 x 2 cm
Capsule Shanghai Contact Gallery
Closed Circuit by Maya Kramer contemporary artwork sculpture
Maya Kramer Closed Circuit, 2018 Silicone, coal, wire
55 x 34 x 27 cm
Capsule Shanghai Contact Gallery
Corroded Flows II by Maya Kramer contemporary artwork sculpture
Maya Kramer Corroded Flows II, 2018 Rust, glue, plaster, ink, wood
70 x 44.5 cm
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Capsule Shanghai
Flashpoint by Maya Kramer contemporary artwork sculpture
Maya Kramer Flashpoint, 2018 Aluminium
150 x 120 x 30 cm
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Capsule Shanghai
Crosswinds by Maya Kramer contemporary artwork mixed media
Maya Kramer Crosswinds, 2017 Acrylic, aluminium board, coal, paper
90 x 66 x 10 cm
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Capsule Shanghai

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