Last updated on 21.12.2023
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Growing up in Sofia was challenging. I was born during a time of political change into a young and ambitious family. When I grew up, I was very shy and often felt incapable of doing things. I was convinced that I didn’t have any talent. Still, I found comfort in painting as an escape from the ups and downs of everyday life. With my art, I always hope to tell a story that’s better than reality. To this end, I use digital tools, paintings on canvas or sketches.
My inspiration comes from our day-to-day existence, whether it’s difficult or fun. This influence is evident in my figurative subjects with which I aim to capture life in all its facets. Using geometrical shapes and vivid colors, my paintings aren’t realistic but playful representations of what could be. I love to transform ordinary moments into beautifully stylized works of art. My work invites viewers to discover the beauty of the mundane.
Mayya’s passion for graphic software and paint was sparked at just nine years old. Inspired by the Plakatstil, Bauhaus, and Pop art movements, she was drawn to the world of contemporary art and design, particularly digital products and gadgets.
Her first recognition as a professional artist was in 2006, when Mayya was part of a group exhibition at the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria in Sofia after winning a drawing competition organized by the Bulgarian Red Cross. In 2011 she received a professional high school qualification in graphic design from the National School of Applied Arts in Sofia. In 2012 Mayya was part of a group exhibition at the Open Mind Art Festival organized by her fellow students and herself. In 2015 she completed a BFA in painting at the National Academy of Art in Sofia. In the same year, she presented her artwork as part of a group exhibition at the Union of Bulgarian Artists.
Mayya gained valuable experience through her work at design agencies. In the summer of 2008 when Mayya was fifteen years old she did her first internship and for a couple of months, she helped with the design of Topshop magazine in Sofia. During her studies in 2011, she interned as a graphic designer at the prestigious Havas agency. There she has worked for clients like Beaujolais Nouveau, Carrefour, and Société Générale. In 2013 Mayya began as a graphic designer at the independent agency The Smarts in Sofia and later she was promoted into the position of art director and led projects for clients like Smirnoff, Unicredit, and GlaxoSmithKline. In 2016, a year after earning her bachelor of fine arts, Mayya relocated to Berlin. She then honed her skills in UX and UI design and began working as a full-time freelance designer and artist partnering with teams of professionals to help establish or scale user-centered digital products and brands.
In 2021, Mayya’s dream of opening her own design studio became a reality with the founding of GEOBO. Today, she and her team work tirelessly to help their clients establish and grow their brands through thoughtful, creative design.
Mayya’s design and artistic repertoire includes digital and print designing, painting, creating graphic art, and collaborating with other designers and artists.
The brand and digital design works built by Mayya are known for their user-centered designs, vibrant colors, geometric forms, and well-thought-out art direction.
For her contemporary figurative artworks, Mayya uses traditional, digital, and graphic media. She tells compelling stories through visual art, combining elements of the human and animal body, geometry, architecture, nature, and fashion, turning them into visual poetry.
Through form and rich details, Mayya likes to work with the subjects of beauty, storytelling, imagination, and reality. She depicts those in the form of imaginary, colorful portraits, where people and animals are drawn not as they are but as they could be.
Different to her design work, in her paintings Mayya has the freedom to obey only the rules of her own vision and let her thoughts and ideas go wild. Keep an eye out for upcoming exhibitions, and look at the GEO atelier for selected goods for sale. The shop will open online in 2023.
2015 Graduation exhibition, Union of Bulgarian Artists, Sofia, BG
2012 Group exhibition, Open Mind Festival, Sofia, BG
2011 Graduation exhibition, National School of Applied Arts “Saint Luca”, Sofia, BG
2006 Group exhibition, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria, Sofia, BG
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