Desert in Dark

Interdisciplinary Artist | Designer

Maya's Practice

Maya Varadaraj is an interdisciplinary artist and designer. Her practice engages South Asian material culture to redefine feminine narratives and representations. Her aesthetic vocabulary references familiar materials such as; vintage advertisements, popular calendar illustrations, and classic image-making techniques such as painted photographs.


She received her Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Apparel Design from the Rhode Island School of Design before completing a Master's Degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Varadaraj's work has been exhibited internationally at Sapar Contemporary, Vitra Design Museum, Museo Del Disseny Barcelona, Nature Morte, Sakshi Gallery, Salone De Mobile, Mana Contemporary, Established Gallery and Medium Tings among others. She has been featured in publications such as Juxtapoz, Platform Magazine, and We Make Money Not Art.

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Heavy Handed



Collage; paper on board


20 x 15  inches

No One Knew If She Was Coming Or Going .

No One Knew If She Was Coming or Going



Ink on paper


42 x 78 inches