Maya Barkai

New York, NY, USA
Born in Jerusalem, Israel, Barkai is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts’ Photography Department (BFA 2005), and has been based in New York City for the past nine years. 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 (2005). Barkai’s work was included in the Sony World Photography Awards (2008), W Magazine’s Next Fashion Photographer’ showcase, as well as Penguin, Nerve, and Foam Magazine among other publications. Maya's most recent projects include Men At Work, surrounding the construction site of World Trade Center - Tower 4, as well as Walking Men 99TM, a site-specific Public Art Installation, on site of the upcoming Four Seasons Hotel in NYC’s Downtown area, both part of the Re:Construction Program by the Alliance for Downtown New York. Additional projects include Walking Men PERMM, a public art installation in collaboration with the PERMM Museum of Contemporary art in Russia, and Men at Work as part of the Bat Yam International Biennale for Landscape Urbanism in Israel.

Work Experience

Bamachaneh - Israeli Defense Forced Official Magazine

Staff Photographer

2000 - 2002 Israel

Maya Barkai Photography

Freelance Photographer

Editorial, Events and Studio Photography
2005 - New York, United States

Languages

English (Fluent),
Hebrew (Native),

Awards

School Of Visual Arts (SVA)

Silas Rhodes Grant

2003

School Of Visual Arts (SVA)

Special Photography Department Award

2004

National Press Photographers Foundation

National Press Photographers Foundation Grant

2004

School Of Visual Arts (SVA)

School of Visual Arts Chairman Grant

2005

W Magazine & Guess

Behind The Lens, Guess? & W Magazine Next Fashion Photographer Finalist

2005

Queen Sofia Center International Photography

Finalist

2008

World Photography Awards

Professional Shortlist

2008

Skills

Editorial, Events, Photography, Product Photography, Public Art, Still Life,

Selected Exhibitions

One Person Exhibitions
2013 Walking Men Worldwide™ - The Banner Gallery, Art & About Sydney Festival: Art in Unusual Places, City of Sydney, Australia
2011-2012 Men at Work - A Public Art installation by Maya Barkai, World Trade Center - Tower 4, New York, NY
2011-2012 Walking Men 99™ - Second Edition - A Public Art Installation by Maya Barkai - 99 Church Street, New York, NY
2010-2011 Men at Work - A Public Art installation by Maya Barkai, Bat Yam International Biennale of Landscape Urbanism, Bat-Yam, Israel
2010-2011 Walking Men PERMM – A Public Art installation by Maya Barkai - Museum for Contemporary Art PERMM, Perm Russia
2010 Walking Men 99™ - A Public Art Installation by Maya Barkai - 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 Contermporary Art, Russia
2012 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
2011 Saatchi Online - Art Paris, France
2008 Secret Art III - Beit Mani, Bank Leumi Headquarters, Tel Aviv, Israel
2008 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
2005 70 Years / 70 Covers from Bamachaneh Magazine - Givatayim Theatre, Givatayim, Israel
2005 Behind The Lens, Guess? & W Magazine Showcase - Spike Gallery, Chelsea, New York
2005 ARTIS '05 - Reflections - Nexus Projects Gallery, New York
2004 After The Light - The Andy Warhol Factory Space, New York
2004 New York / New Work - Givatayim Theatre, Givatayim, Israel

Selected Grants / Awards

2013 Americans for the Arts Public Art Network 2013 Year in Review (Top 50)
2008 Sony World Photography Awards - Professional Shortlist
2008 Queen Sofia Center International Photography Finalist
2005 Behind The Lens, Guess? & W Magazine Fashion Photographer Finalist
2005 School of Visual Arts Chairman Grant
2004 National Press Photographers Foundation Grant
2004-2005 Special Photography Department Award, School of Visual Arts
2003-2004 Silas Rhodes Grant, School of Visual Arts

Publications / Catalogs

2013 Art & About Sydney - Private Lives Public Places, Festival Program, City of Sydney
2013 Re:Construction 2007-2013 Portrait of Progress in Lower Manhattan Alliance for Downtown New York
2013 Public Art in Taiwan Annual 2012, Taiwan Ministry of Culture
2012 Anonymous Exhibition Catalog, PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art, Russia
2011 PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art Public Art Program Catalog, Russia
2011 A Book Of Beds - A Selection of Foam Magazine Talent photographs, Foam, Netherlands. PP. 88-89
2010 Timing 2010 – The Bat Yam International Biennale for Landscape Urbanism Catalog, Israel P. 196
2010 Alliance for Downtown New York, Alliance for Downtown New York Annual Report, USA
2008 NERVE The First Ten Years – Chronicle Books, USA, P. 163
2005 Re-Creative 50 projects for turning found items into contemporary design, Steve Dodds, Penguin, UK