Originally from Minsk, Belarus, Maya Brodsky studied here in the U.S. at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the New York Academy of Art.
Her paintings focus on interiors and figures. At times they seem direct portrayals of everyday scenes, at other times they can be somewhat haunting, as if something is slightly amiss, but you can’t quite identify what.
Her compositions are rich with detail, but I never feel as though detail for its own sake — or an approach to hyperrealism — is the point; rather I come away with the thought that Brodsky is speaking to us with the visual texture of her subjects, using it to slow down our scan of the painting and draw us into the subtle emotional responses her work can evoke.
Her website does not seem to have been recently updated, but contains galleries of her work from 2008-2013. I found navigation a bit less than straightforward, but the two pages of most recent work are here and here.
Brodsky’s work will be on display at the Bernarducci Meisel Gallery in NYC in a solo show entitled “Behind Closed Doors”, that runs from September 8 to October 1, 2016, and is concurrent with a solo exhibition of works by her sister, artist Dina Brodsky, who I have featured previously on Lines and Colors.