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. In 1984, Maasai attended the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York. At SVA Maasai majored in painting and minored in sculpture.
Her career as an artist officially began in 1992 with her first solo show, titled, ‘Safe In Heaven Dead’ exhibited in a private home in Harlem. In 2001, Maasai moved to Los Angeles and is 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.
Maasai rented a studio in 2012 at the Beacon Arts Building, in Los Angeles. Having this dedicated workspace, amplified her imagination, and created more depth and artistic quality to her work. This growth led to Maasai’s confidence to create larger projects. In 2013 she will be living in New York to produce her next project - an art installation.
In 2012, Maasai was nominated to apply for the prestigious USA Artist fellowship $50,000 grant award.
2013 Pancakes & Booze Group Exhibit, Los Angeles, CA
2012 Beacon Arts Building, Los Angeles, CA
1996 Commission, Lexington School for the Deaf - New York, NY
1994 Private Exhibition, at home of Art Enthusiast Dr. Cynthia Grace - New York, NY
(Dr Grace is the former owner of Synergy Spa Harlem and Brooklyn)
1994 Private Commission for Iris Lane - Las Vegas, NV
1991 Private Exhibition | Fundraiser - Harlem Youth Tennis Club - New York, NY