Maya Vivas

Maya Vivas - Surface Tension no. 1


Maya Vivas (b. 1990, Miami Fl) is a ceramic artist residing in Portland Oregon. Their ceramic sculptures have been featured in an array of galleries in Portland Or, Los Angeles & New Zealand, including venues in association with NCECA (The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts). In addition to being an active member at Radius Community Art Studio, they are currently Co-Director of Ori Gallery. Whose mission is to redefine “the white cube” through amplifying the voices of Queer and Trans Artists of color, community organizing and mobilization through the arts.

Maya’s work captures textures from flora, mineral and the human body, re-translating these motifs into newly invented forms that are alive, sensual and dynamic. Through these textures, they explore concepts of race, identity and gender as filtered through their own experience as a queer person of color. Through push, pull & mark making within clay, they sculpt with shadow and light as an exploration of the senses, creating folds, complexity and narrative. Maya believes that the beautiful, carnal and heartbreaking nature of clay, is a direct reflection of the human experience.