Maya Eventov grew up in Leningrad, in the former Soviet Union. St. Petersburg, as it is now known, is a city fabled for its beauty and culture. At a young age Eventov was exposed to some of the finest art in St. Petersburg. “I lived behind the iron curtain, but we had rich collections of works available for viewing at the Hermitage and Russian Museum as well as many other Leningrad museums.” It was here where Maya began to develop an understanding for the technical aspect of artwork as well as a growing appreciation for the works of some of Europe’s finest master artists. From the age of six on, Eventov studied art in one form or another, She was accepted into the prestigious High School #190, which is affiliated with the St. Petersburg State Academy of Industrial and Applied Arts. As a student, she participated in the various student exhibitions and at the age of 18 her abstract composition was accepted to the Academy’s museum. After graduating in 1987 with a master’s degree in graphic design, she began working as an illustrator for children’s books. In the early 1990s Maya immigrated to Canada. This change in scenery gave her freedom to explore, to create and to break away from the classical way of painting she studied in Russia. “I’m happy person; I enjoy beautiful flowers and landscapes. I am captivated by smells and colours that convey strength of emotion in a happy painting.” Today, Eventov and her family reside just outside of Toronto, Ontario. She continues to travel, finding inspiration for her works in the varied landscapes around the world. Her work is represented in galleries throughout Canada, Great Britain and the United States and her paintings can be found in private collections such as that of the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien and in corporate collections such as the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Toronto.