Maya Gold (b. 1978, Israel), lives and works in Tel Aviv and Brussels.
A graduate of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, Gold studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. Gold exhibited in various museums and galleries in Israel and elsewhere and has won a number of prizes and grants; among them, the Young Artists Award of Israel’s Ministry of Culture (2014), and the Morasha Foundation Prize (2007) - the prize exhibition was held at the Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv.
Gold's paintings seem to possess a strong regard for realism, yet they also raise questions about painting itself and its history, from the Romantic tradition to modernist abstraction. She sets in motion the construction and deconstruction of an illusory space, distortions of scale, and multiple perspectives. Gold's images occupy a dual state: they unfold a concurrent process of zooming in and out, enlargement and miniaturization, causing an unstable perspective. The work results in a discourse which goes beyond mere formalism, touching upon issues of identity and place: the individual painting becomes an open arena of change, of constant transformation.