about "artist maasai"
Maasai Rees-Tabari grew up in New York City on Manhattan's lower Eastside, where she lived for over 20 years in a community called Stuyvesant Town – Peter Cooper Village. In 1984, Maasai attended the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York. At SVA Maasai majored in painting and minored in sculpture (creating sculptural furniture).
Her her first solo show, titled, ‘Safe In Heaven Dead’ was in 1992 at a private home in Harlem. In 2001, Maasai moved to Los Angeles and became a bi-coastal artist.
The illustrated tone, bright colors and imagery she stylistically uses to tell the story of female vulnerability, and the beauty of painful human emotion are a reflection of her authentic experience of life.
In 2012, Maasai had a studio at the Beacon Arts Building, in Los Angeles. Having this dedicated workspace, in Los Angeles's growing art community really amplified her imagination, and created more depth and artistic quality to her work.
In 2012, Maasai was nominated to apply for the prestigious USA Artist fellowship $50,000 grant award.
In 2014 began using new medium and now all her current work is exclusively created digitally - using WACOM's Cintiq HD Touch Tablet.
The artists that influenced Maasai's work: