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Born in Jerusalem, Israel, Barkai is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts’ Photography Department (2005), and lives and works in New York City. She spent her military service in the Israeli Defense Forces as a military photographer for the IDF Official Magazine, ‘BaMachaneh’. Her photographs have been exhib… Read More
Born in Jerusalem, Israel, Barkai is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts’ Photography Department (2005), and lives and works in New York City. She spent her military service in the Israeli Defense Forces as a military photographer for the IDF Official Magazine, ‘BaMachaneh’. Her photographs have been exhibited worldwide, and she is the recipient of the National Press Photographers Foundation Grant. Barkai’s work was included in the Sony World Photography Awards, Quest and W Magazines, the Dancing Bear Collection, the George Eastman House Photography Museum, the PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art (Russia), and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (Israel).

Public Art installations include Walking Men 99™ in Downtown Manhattan (2010-2013), which was commissioned by the Alliance for Downtown New York as part of the Re:Construction Program, and followed by a series of installations including Walking Men PERMM (2010), a public art installation in collaboration with the PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art in Russia, The Banner Gallery as part of the Art & About Festival in Sydney (2013), and most recently in conjunction with Walk 21 Sydney, Australia (2014).

Additional projects include Men At Work (2010), which was on display at the Bat-Yam International Biennale of Landscape Urbanism in Israel, followed by the installation of Men At Work NYC (2011-2012), which wrapped around the construction of 4 World Trade Center (Re:Construction Program in collaboration with Silverstein Properties).

Barkai’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NY Daily News, and The Telegraph, among others. She has been invited to speak on panels and artist talks locally and internationally, among which at the AIA Center for Architecture (NYC), the Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia), and the PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art (Russia). Read Less
  • Staff Photographer
    Bamachaneh - Israeli Defense Forced Official Magazine — Israel
  • Freelance Photographer
    Maya Barkai Photography — NY, USA
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One Person Exhibitions

2014 • Walking Men Worldwide™ – The Banner Gallery, in conjunction with Walk 21 Sydney, Australia

2013 • Walking Men Worldwide™ – The Banner Gallery, Art & About Festival: Art in Unusual Places, Sydney, Australia

2011 • Men At Work (Public Art), World Trade Center – Tower 4, N… Read More

One Person Exhibitions

2014 • Walking Men Worldwide™ – The Banner Gallery, in conjunction with Walk 21 Sydney, Australia

2013 • Walking Men Worldwide™ – The Banner Gallery, Art & About Festival: Art in Unusual Places, Sydney, Australia

2011 • Men At Work (Public Art), World Trade Center – Tower 4, New York, NY (2011-2012)

• Walking Men 99™ – Second Edition (Public Art) – 99 Church Street, New York, NY (2011-2013)

2010 • Men At Work (Public Art) – Bat Yam International Biennale of Landscape Urbanism, Israel (2010-2011)

• Walking Men PERMM (Public Art) – Museum for Contemporary Art PERMM, Perm Russia (2010-2011)

• Walking Men 99™ (Public Art) – 99 Church Street, New York, NY

2005 • Bed Landscapes / Maya Barkai – Atrium Gallery, Bergen County, NJ

2003 • Maya Barkai, Selected Work – School of Visual Arts Photography Department Gallery, New York, NY


Group Exhibitions

2012 • Anonymous, PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art, Russia

• Art Any Way: Exploring the Wheel, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel

2011 • The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the W.M. Hunt Collection, George Eastman House, Rochester, New York

• Saatchi Online – Art Paris, France

2008 • Secret Art III – Beit Mani, Bank Leumi Headquarters, Tel Aviv, Israel

• SlideLuck PotShow XI – The Chelsea Art Museum, New York

2006 • PIP – Pingyao International Photography Festival – Pingyao, China

2005 • Mentor Show – School of Visual Arts Gallery, New York

• 70 Years / 70 Covers from Bamachaneh Magazine – Givatayim Theatre, Givatayim, Israel

• Behind The Lens, Guess? & W Magazine Showcase – Spike Gallery, Chelsea, New York

• ARTIS 2005 – Reflections – Nexus Projects Gallery, New York

2004 • After The Light – The Andy Warhol Factory Space, New York

• New York / New Work – Givatayim Theatre, Givatayim, Israel Read Less
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