Maya Freelon

Durham, NC

Maya Freelon is an award-winning visual artist whose work was described by the late poet Maya Angelou as "visualizing the truth about the vulnerability and power of the human being."

Her artwork was featured on the cover of Walter Magazine, in Garden & Gun magazine, highlighting the new book, Southern Women, and Cosmopolitan Magazine called her one "of the most badass female artists in the biz” and Miami New Times selected her as one of “five Young Artists to Watch During Miami Art Week 2019.”

She was commissioned by Google to design original art for their OnHub router, by Cadillac to create a live-sculpture for their Dare Greatly creative campaign, by the North Carolina Museum of Art to create a collaborative tissue paper sculpture celebrating the opening of their African Art wing and by Halcyon to create a monumental sculpture for the First Annual By the People Festival at the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building.

Her unique tissue paper art, praised by the International Review of African American Art as "a vibrant, beating assemblage of color," has been exhibited internationally, including shows in Paris, Jamaica, Madagascar, and Italy.

She was selected by Modern Luxury Magazine as Best of the City; by Huffington Post as "Black Artists: 30 Contemporary Art Makers Under 40 You Should Know"; and by Complex Magazine as "15 Young Black Artists Making Waves in the Art World."

Maya has completed residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, the Korobitey Institute in Ghana, and the Brandywine Workshop in Philadelphia. She earned a BA from Lafayette College and an MFA from the School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Maya Freelon currently has a solo exhibition at CAM Raleigh, up through Feb 2021. She is available for speaking engagements, art residencies, workshops and private lessons.

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