Maiya Lea Hartman is an acrylic painter and mixed-media artist living and working in Minneapolis, MN. She works in a diverse range of mediums–from pencil and pen drawing, to acrylic painting and watercolors, she pushes herself to expand the scope through which she creates. Hartman’s work is largely informed by observations she makes of the world around her and the exploration of human nature and the way we interact with our environment. Often examining how our environments affect our ability to express our needs and feelings as both individuals and communities, she explores complex narratives and draws on nostalgia. Hartman is one of the 9 emerging artists in residence at Studio 400 in the NE Arts District Northrup King Building. Recently she displayed her body of work titled At Home at Rosedale Center in Roseville, MN as part of their fall/winter exhibit Who You Are. Earlier this spring some of Hartman’s pen drawings were also included in The Beginning of Everything group exhibition at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery in Minneapolis, MN. You can find her on Instagram @maiyaleaart.
Hartman elaborated on her pieces displayed in the Disquietude exhibition. “My work has been inspired by my recent mural work that I’ve been doing in the city as a result of the spark of the uprising in Minneapolis,” she said. “My motivation for what I created for the show was bringing some of the elements that I’ve learned in muraling and some of the compositional pieces that I’ve learned, and transferring that over into my studio practice. So I kind of pushed myself outside of my comfort zone which is portrait painting, and incorporated some letters and some West African symbols that kind of tie into themes of revolution and achieving a state of ungovernability.”