Maya Onoda

Toyko, Japan


2006 Master of Fine Arts, Painting Program, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York
2003 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting and Drawing Major
          California State University-Fullerton (CSUF), CA

Artist Statement

Every time you turn the tube, a kaleidoscope gives you a different view.  All the pieces of colored paper are already set in the tube but they just form a different pattern depending on how those pieces reflect on the mirror inside the tube.  In other words, the rotation of the same things just comes out in a different image each time.  I found it similar to people's subjectivity. Everything is already there for us; however, things seem different  depending on how we combine them or how we look at them.

I'm transforming everyday life into art.  I drink coffee everyday and put the used coffee filter or pour leftover coffee on a sheet of paper.  Then, I turn a coffee stain left on paper as a result into a drawing.  If you get a coffee stain on your clothes, you would try to get rid of it so hard; however, you might find it  beautiful in a drawing as a piece of art.  Like this, anything could have a  potential to be art.

My drawing often has cutouts and they work as the negative space in the drawing.  Also, I save these cutouts and make another work with them.  When the cutouts are in another work, they become the positive.  In consequence, the second work  turns the first one into the negative: the positive and negative are one and indivisible.

Counterbalancing each other, one work leads to another and the repetition of this process becomes the infinite loop.  At the same time, transformation is always happening in the repetition by changing a perspective.  Just like a kaleidoscope, my work tells a different story every transformation, and it becomes "the never ending story" in the loop.


2012  •  Kaleidoscope, Mad L Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

2010  •  Inaugural Group Exhibition, Magnan Metz, New York, NY**

2009  • Cave ~flip side~, Magnan Projects, New York,  NY

2008  • Fashion District Arts Festival, The Fashion Center, New York, NY
          • Garbage Picker, The Contemporary Artist as Chiffonier(e),
            Affirmation Arts, New York, NY
          • Summer Group Show, Magnan Projects, New York, NY **
          • Pulse NY Contemporary Art Fair, Magnan Projects, New York, NY
          • Art Chicago Contemporary Art Fair, Magnan Projects, Chicago, IL

2007  • Poetry of Stains, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Snug Harbor,
            Staten Island, NY
          • Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant Group Show, CUE Gallery, New York, NY
          • Pulse NY Contemporary Art Fair, Magnan Projects, New York, NY **

2006  • Pulse Miami Contemporary Art Fair, Magnan Projects, Miami, FL **
          • Intimate Places, Magnan Projects, Chelsea, NY
          • Iron Eye, Scion Installation Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
          • MFA Graduate Exhibition, Pratt Manhattan Campus, New York, NY
          • Intimate Place, Thesis Exhibition, Steuben West Gallery,
            Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
          • Point of Departure, 111 Front Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY
          • Pratt Institute-Hunter College Collaborative Show, South Gallery, Pratt Institute,
            Brooklyn, NY

2005  • Constance Brady: The Trepanations Series & Maya Onoda:
            Topographical Diary, Magnan Projects, Chelsea, NY
          • Liquid Bodies, Magnan Projects, Chelsea, NY **

2003  • Group Exhibition, Campus Galleries (CSUF), Fullerton, CA**

2002  • Two Person Exhibit, Exit Gallery (CSUF), Fullerton, CA **


2006 The Annual MFA Grant Program, Joan Mitchell Foundation
2002-2006 Honor Society, Golden Key International Society
1999-2003 Dean’s List, CSUF

(** Group Exhibitions)