Art by Sam Shendi

Sam Shendi

Graduating in 1997 with a first class BA degree with honors from Helwen University of Fine Arts in Cairo, Egyptian born sculptor Sam Shendi creates joyfully coloured abstractions of the human figure which, with the subtlest of indicators, hints at the complexity of human interactions.

Shendi’s works references the work of “minimalism”, the style of paring-down design elements and focusing on the medium of steel, aluminium and paint. Some of his works are deceptively simple in form but include the qualities of metaphorical associations, symbolism and suggestions of spiritual transcendence, which is what the artist of the 60’s and 70’s were trying to avoid.

His works whittles down the human figure to its simplest form enabling the exploration of the idea of the human form as a vessel. So by reducing the human body to a container or minimal shape, his creations become centered on an emotion or an expression. The simplicity is no longer the end result and devoid of meaning but a revelation of a hidden truth and intellectual expression.

Shendi’s work, therefore takes a fine line between representation and abstraction. Whilst he appreciates the abstract form his interest is in the human and psychological dimensions to his sculptures. Stripping human nature down to its essence, and then expressing it in a sculptural language.

Firmly based in modernist morphology his colorful architectural forms abbreviate the human figure and nod to his background in monumental sculpture and interior design. Shendi juxtaposes cartoonish lemon, ultraviolet and pumpkin-coloured blocks, conjuring associations with children’s toys and industrial design and lending his pieces an emotive and playful quality. His candy-coated palette animates the archetypal themes he addresses in his work. Assisted by the use of colour to deceive the eye, flouting a sense of gravity and taking the attention away from the material also gives the work a strong optical impact.

Sometimes we may feel the tension which despite their moderate size almost bear a ‘’will to grow’’ into monuments that we could easily imagine standing in the center of any city or landscape. Pieces balance between public art, sculptural and on the border of design.

With laconic titles his work takes on themes both in subject and style and it is clear to see pieces that group together in an exploration of an idea. They form a visual story and a unique style. There is always one important element, functioning as a keystone connecting all his creation – the theme of a human being in his most genuine form. Shendi always develops his creation around subjects, which are common, understandable and important to all of us, no matter what our taste, age or cultural background may be.

Describing himself as a figurative sculptor it is important to Shendi that the work, however minimalistic still has an impact on the viewer visually and emotionally. Recognizing his work as both literally geometric forms and industrial materials but also with additional meaning in bringing back the idea of traditional academic sculpture of humanity and emotion, results in a distinctive blend of modernity and timelessness.

View More of Sam Shendi’s Art at Fine Art Maya Gallery

Fine Art Maya Gallery: David Fokos

David Fokos

Born in 1960 in Baltimore and educated at Cornell University, David Fokos is a photographer now based in San Diego. Working in black and white, Fokos focuses on natural landscapes and architectural and industrial details, finding symmetry and beauty in all of his subjects. “Rather than show what these places look like, I want to show how they feel,” he has said.

View David Foko’s Artist page displaying his recent artwork at LA Art Show 2018 here.

David Fokos Artwork

David FokosView this piece of magnificent art here.

Historical Interpretations of Maya

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Maya (Sanskrit: माया māyā) literally “illusion”, “magic”, has multiple meanings in Indian philosophies depending on the context. In ancient Vedic literature, Māyā literally implies extraordinary power and wisdom and it meant “wisdom and extraordinary power” in older languages. In later Vedic texts and modern literature dedicated to Indian traditions, Māyā connotes a “magic show, an illusion where things appear to be present but are not what they seem”. Māyā is also a spiritual concept connoting “that which exists, but is constantly changing and thus is spiritually unreal”, and the “power or the principle that conceals the true character of spiritual reality”. In the art world, the works of M. C. Escher and Victor Vasarely, among others have been cited as demonstration of the Hindu Maya concept. In Buddhism, Maya is the name of Gautama Buddha’s mother.

In Hinduism, Maya is also an epithet for goddess, and the name of a manifestation of Lakshmi, the goddess of “wealth, prosperity and love”. Apart from the Central American culture, Maya was the legendary Greek mother of Hermes by Zeus. To the Romans, Maia/Maya was the incarnation of the earth mother and goddess of spring, after whom they named the month of May. It also meant “Daughter of Atlas.” In Old Persian it denotes “generous.” In many other cultures Maya is a female name. Best known bearers include performer Maya Rudolph, architect Maya Lin and famed author Maya Angelou. “The most beautiful, angelic, ambrosial, enticing, gorgeous, enamoring, pretty, amazing, lovely, lovable, and wonderful girl anyone could ever met.” [Urban Dictionary]

We hope that the visual experience in our gallery serves to inspire our visitors to appreciate the beauty and grandeur of Nature.

The Art and Insight of Laura Villarreal

  Laura Villarreal

Fine Art Maya is  honored to have Artist Laura Villarreal bring her insight and talent to the Fine Art Gallery in San Diego, California. Laura brings more than  artwork to the gallery, she illuminates truth in life with her gifted vision and remarkable mindset.

What we live for and what we learn in the course of our lives, 
​becomes what we are; it attaches to convert us in our own selves. 
This new self reflects on everything we do each moment of our life. - Artist Laura Villarreal
                                                  I am an Immigrant by Laura Villarreal

Artist Laura VillarrealBorn in Monterrey, Mexico; Laura initiated her art studies at the University of North Carolina.Later she continued her work in New York City at The New York School of Visual Arts and the Art Students’ League. In 2011, she graduated from the Universidad de Barcelona IL-3 with a Master’s Degree in Analysis and Management of Contemporary Art.

Laura now resides in Miami and has exhibited her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Mexico and all across the United States, including the Instituto Cultural de Mexico in Miami and the Embassy of Chile in Washington D.C.

She was selected to participate in Arte Americas 2009 and 2010 as part of the Mexican Pavilion in Miami, FL as well as Pool Art fair and Spectrum Miami. Her work is part of private and public collections throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe.

Visit the Artist website for all of her talented Artwork here:  Laura Villarreal’s Artwork


Source:  Art and quotations owned by Artist Laura Villarreal from her website, Laura Villarreal Biography

Fine Art Maya at Red Dot Miami, 2017

Fine Art Maya recently participated in Red Dot Miami, December 6-10, 2017. Known best for the shows ability to draw in crowds from all corners of the world, Red Dot Miami is a must see event.

About Red Dot Miami

Miami’s Arts & Entertainment District, a 7.5-acre cultural oasis in the heart of the city, sets the stage for Red Dot Miami, which offers on-site parking and close proximity to hotels and restaurants. Taking place in a 55,000-square-foot structure adjacent to Spectrum Miami, the show runs during Miami Art Week, an annual event that draws visitors from all over the world with its wide variety of art exhibitions, museums and performing arts events, and other attractions.

Red Dot Miami, now owned by Redwood Media Group, is a modern and contemporary art show featuring 75+ international galleries showcasing primary and secondary works from $1,000 to $100,000, including paintings, sculpture, and photography.

Red Dot Miami exhibitors include top emerging and established galleries from around the world, selected and approved by the Red Dot Exhibitor Committee.


Since its inception in 2006, Red Dot Miami has enriched the city’s arts scene beyond measure. Red Dot Miami has become one of the leading satellite shows during Miami Art Week.

As it enters its 12th year, Red Dot Miami will continue to inspire attendees from all over the world with its Art Labs, Art Talks, specially selected Spotlight Galleries, special events, and more. Taking place in a beautiful gallery-style venue in the heart of Miami’s Arts & Entertainment District, Red Dot Miami 2017 aims to play a key role in the rich array of Miami Art Week events, nurturing and strengthening Miami’s art scene with a dynamic agenda.

 Visit the Red Dot Miami website here




Source: Red Dot Miami, Video of Red Dot Miami 2017 Highlights by Redwood Media Group Events & Publications


Fine Art Maya Art at LA Art Show, 2018

About LA Art Show

The compelling combination of galleries, exhibits, dialogs and programming creates the perfect cultural event for seasoned collectors and new collectors alike as more than 70,000 people descend on the LA Art Show to consume art! The LA Convention Center is home to the fair, offering an expansive 260,000 square feet of exhibition space, the only venue that can accommodate an international fair of this caliber.

The LA Art Show is the unparalleled international art experience with over 100 galleries from 18 countries exhibiting painting, sculpture, works on paper, installation, photography, design, video and performance.  All works presented by galleries are available for your purchasing pleasure.

Fine Art Maya

Fine Art Maya is a young gallery, established in 2012. We have exhibited at many major art fairs locally, nationally and internationally in Europe and elsewhere. The gallery is also curating art exhibits with San Diego art centers and museums.

Operation Northwoods 2017 Fine Art Maya
Operation Northwoods, 2017
, 'Origin,' 2017, Fine Art Maya
Origin, 2017
, 'Origin of Disunity,' 2017, Fine Art Maya
Origin of Disunity, 2017
, 'Amiron,' 2017, Fine Art Maya
Manss Aval, Amiron, 2017

David Fokos, Fine Art Maya Featured Artist

David Fokos

Born in 1960 in Baltimore and educated at Cornell University, David Fokos is a photographer now based in San Diego. Working in black and white, Fokos focuses on natural landscapes and architectural and industrial details, finding symmetry and beauty in all of his subjects. “Rather than show what these places look like, I want to show how they feel,” he has said.

View David Foko’s Artist page displaying his recent artwork at LA Art Show 2018 here.

David Fokos Artwork

David FokosView this piece of magnificent art here.

Manss Aval Clothing Line Expands

Clothing-line-by-Artist-Manss-AvalArtist Manss Aval announced last year he was launching his first line of art-printed clothing, including accessories. Artistically designed prints have been transformed into a georgous assortment of women’s garments, scarves, handbags, totes, and even pillows.

This year, Manss Aval has been busy participating in numerous art exhibitions, fine art photography  contests and adding more items to his beautiful clothing line collection.

Artist Designed Tapestries — Featuring brilliant color and crisp prints, VIDA custom-made tapestries infuse any room with effortless originality. Available in three sizes, Manss Aval’s tapestries make subtle, sophisticated accents or bold conversation pieces.

Artist Designed Prints turned into tapastries

See Artist Manss Aval’s clothing collection here.