Maya Almeida Araujo is an award winning Director and Artist who explores the human condition through our connection with water.
With a focus on the element of water, the work floats between the spheres of still and moving images, artistic installation, and site specific work.
Navigating the confluence of nature, art and technology, her work has developed through critical engagement with her own body and mind in a way that raises fundamental questions of how human beings relate to self and their environment.
Adopting a unique approach to each work, Maya draws on personal experience, philosophy and science to create visceral immersive experiences . An invitation to step into imaginary worlds in a way that is at once sensorial and profoundly intimate.
Taking the viewer into a realm in which the boundaries between Man and Nature disappear, it asks how we can come together and ultimately, heal.
London is home but Maya was born in Lisbon to Portuguese/Belgian/German parents. With a Bachelor of Science from Imperial College, the artistic path was one of auto-didacticism; with roots in photography at Central Saint Martins, training with equipment manufacturers and working under the mentorship some of the greatest image makers of our time, such asTim Flach and Lois Greenfield.
The work consistently pushes boundaries. Recent projects have involved developing custom rigs for filming in the open ocean, multi-screen editing at ground breaking levels of resolution and frame rate as well as creating interactive animation environments and producing hyper-textured ambisonic soundscapes. All in partnership with a collective of like- minded artistic collaborators and craftspeople without losing sight of her truth.
Maya's Fine Art work exists in public and private collections and has been recognised by juried international exhibitions and competitions. Collaborations with a range of commercial & private clients include CHI & Partners, Y&R Branding, Orion Publishing, OneDrop Foundation, Oceano Azul Foundation, the Lisbon Oceanarium, Crowwood Press, Egoista Magazine, Scientific American, Dance UK, AD Dance Company, D&B Performing Arts, The English National Ballet, the Akram Khan Dance Company, Body of People, The Nureyev Medical Foundation and Visto Images.