Maya Smira

Maya Smira is an award winning multidisciplinary artist, who use time based media, photography, installation and performance.

Her creative process is deeply involved in larger global and social issues and events, and is effected by her constant travels around the world.

In 2012, she obtained a BA in Arts and Humanities, and a BFA in photography in Tel-Aviv.

In 2014 she received an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute New Genres department, along with the Ella King Torrey Award. In 2016 she received The Outset Foundation Award for best video artist at the Fresh Paint Contemporary Art Fair in Tel-Aviv. She exhibit in Museums, Galleries and Festivals around the world.


2014 MFA, New Genres, San Francisco Art Institute, CA

2012 BFA, Photography, Minshar for Art (with honors), Tel-Aviv, Israel

2012 BA, Art & Humanities, The Open University (with honors), Israel  

2007 Advanced Photography Training, Geographic center, Tel- Aviv, Israel

2003 Beginner Photography Training , The Rotchild center, Tel-Aviv, Israel


2019 Swatch Art Peach Hotel Artist Residency Program, Shanghai, China

2018 Honorable Mention, International Photography Awards,  NYC

2018 Artist in Residence Program, The Freezer, Riff, Iceland

2016 AICAD Studio Residency Program, NYC

2016 Exhibition grant by the Cultural Department of Tel-Aviv Municipality and Yehoshua Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts

2016 Outset Award for Video Greenhouse Artist, Fresh Paint Art Fair, Tel-Aviv, Israel  

2014 Finalist Award, LG Art of the Pixel Contest, New York City, NY

2014 ESXLA Artist in Residence Program, LA, CA

2014 Ella King Torrey Award, Commencement Ceremony, San Francisco Art Institute, CA

2014 Paul Sacks Building Award Honorable mention, Academic Honors and Awards Ceremony, The Photography Program,            San Francisco Art Institute, CA

2013 Christopher Coppola “Pah” Festival, Cellphone Art First Prize

2013 Christopher Coppola “Pah” Festival, Mobiflicks Competition First Prize


2020 Wilfrid Israel Museum of Asian Art & Studies, Kibbutz Hazoreaa, Israel 

2019 Tension, Brownie Project Art Gallery, Curated by Peipei Han, Shanghai, China  

2018 Playground, Municipal Art Gallery, Gordon-London House, Rishon Lezion, Israel

2017 Present Perfect, Artists House Tel-Aviv, Curated by Sharon Toval,Supported by Outset Contemporary Art Fund

2016 Intervention, Minshar Gallery, Curated by Oded Yedaaya,

Supported by Tel-Aviv City Cultural department & Rabinovich Foundation, Tel-Aviv, Israel

2013 Code Name: Thailand, Paul Sacks Still Lights Gallery, San Francisco, CA


2019 Contemporary Art Center Ramla, Curated by Smadar Sheffi, Ramla, Israel

2019 Bitter Sweet, Muza Plus Art Project, Muzeum Sztuki of Lodz, Poland

2019 Now With Noise, Weizman Institute of Science, Curated by Yivsam Azgad, Israel

2019 Prom, Beit Tami, Curated by Carmit Blumensohn for Fresh Paint Art Fair, Tel-Aviv

2019 Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, York Art Gallery, UK

2019 Concealed between Interior & Exterior, Rehovot Art Gallery, Curated by Ora Kraus 

2019 Checks and Balances video screening, Parallel Toronto, Canada

2018-19   I to Eye, Israel Museum, Curated by Shir Meller Yamaguchi, Jerusalem, Israel

2018 Musrara Mix Festival, Jerusalem, Israel

2018 Pillar of Cloud, Hermann Struck Museum, Haifa Israel

2017 International Photography Festival, Tel-Aviv Israel

2017 Empire II, Spektrum Berlin, curated by Vanya Balogh, Germany

2017 Songzhuang Photo Biennale , Beijing, China

2017 LACDA Curated by Anna Katz & Dhyandra Lawson, LA, CA

2017 Empire II, Castello, la Biennale di Venezia, Italy

2017 Saatchi Screen at Saatchi Gallery, London, England

2017 Prime Time, Central Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel

2017 HerzeLilienbloom Museum, Tel-Aviv, Israel

2017 X is for Xenophobia, Steinfeld Warehouse Community Arts Center, Tucson, AZ

2017 MADATAC International Video Festival, Madrid, Spain

2017 Capture the Moment Photo Exhibition, Galleri Norsken, Stockholm, Sweden

2016 Teddy Gallery, Curated by Carmit Blumensohn, Jerusalem, Israel

2016 Haaretz Photo Exhibition, Binyamin & Indie Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel

2016 Avi Internatuinal Video Festival, Cinema City, Jerusalem, Israel

2016 San Francisco Art Institute Alumni Exhibition, curated by Katya Min, SF, CA

2016 Petach Tikva Museum, Video Stage curated by Or Tshuva, Petach Tikva, Israel

2016 International Festival TANZTENDENZEN 2016 Greifswald, Germany

2016 Spirit of Israel Fund Raise Exhibition, Tel-Aviv, Israel  

2016 Haifa Museum of Art,Curated by Svetlana Reingold, Haifa, Israel

2016 Fresh Paint Contemporary Art Fair, Tel-Aviv, Israel

2015 See Me, Florentin 45 Contemporary Art Space, Tel-Aviv, Israel             

2015 See Me Exhibitions, Landscape Collection, Musee du Louvre, Paris, France

2015 Bearing Witness: Surveillance in the Drone Age, San Francisco International Art Festival, Fort Mason, SF, CA

2015 Everybody's Ocean, Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, CA

2015 Living with Endangered Languages, Root Division, SF, CA

2015 The Smell Of Dust, Photography & live performance, Sau Paulo, Brazil

2014 Fresh, South Bay Contemporary, Rolling Hills Estate, CA

2014 APAture, Kearny Street Workshop, Arc Gallery, SF, CA

2014 LACDA Art Fair, Center of Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA

2014 Stoff, Stockholm Fringe Festival,  Stockholm, Sweden

2014 Night Light , SomArts , SF, CA  

2014 Art Basel Contemporary Art Fair, Galeria Zero, Basel, Switzerland

2014Experimental Film Festival Portland, Disjecta Art Center, Portland, OR

2014 Principal, SFAI MFA Exhibition, The Old Mint, SF, CA

2014 Generation, SFAI & CCA Collaboration, Some Thing Spacious, Oakland, CA  

2014 Emerging Artists Exhibition, University Art Gallery, CSU East Bay, CA

2014 Imagining Cityscapes, Swell Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2014 Group Study, Refusalon Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2013 Cubic Sound2, The Lab, San Francisco, CA

2013 Borderline, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2013 Sirens, Paul Sacks Still Lights Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2013 Untenable Dynamism, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2013 Code Name: Thailand, Paul Sacks Still Lights Gallery, San Francisco, CA     

2012 Balls Out, Queens Nails Gallery, San Francisco, CA  

2012 Then and Now, Paul Sacks Still Light Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2012 Minshar Graduation Exhibition, Minshar for Art, Tel-Aviv, Israel  

2012 Israeli Film Festival Exposition, Cinema des Cineastes, Paris, France

2011 Photography Students & Neighboring Communities, Hangar 2, Jaffa Harbor, Israel

2009 TLV 100, The Jewish Museum, Vienna, Austria


Ride or Die, Dodho Photography Magazine, February 2017, Barcelona, Spain

The Exposure Award, The Landscape Collection, See Me and Scope Art Show 2015, Paris, France

Israeli Lens, Fine Art Photography Magazine, December 2014, Tel-Aviv, Isreal

Art In America Magazine, August 2014 Issue, NY

MFA Exhibition Catalog, San Francisco Art Institute, 2014, CA

Zine Colloquy, Jessica Montgomery, 2014, SF, CA

MFA Now Archive Project, Root Division, 2014, SF, CA

MFA Now Archive Project, Root Division, 2013, SF, CA

Erev Rav: Art. Culture. Society, Shani Varner, July 2012, Tel-Aviv, Israel

Minshar For Art Graduate Catalog, July 2012, Tel-Aviv, Israel

Calcalist Magazine Promising Artists, March 2013, Tel-Aviv, Israel