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Meet Maia Benaim

Today we’d like to introduce you to Maia Benaim.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, and moved to France when I was 18, and to America at the age of 20.

I somehow don’t remember choosing graphic design as my focus at any time. I always thought I was going to be a writer, I had a blog and use to make my own music magazines. Later, I understood that the part I loved the most about all of that was not the writing, but the layout design.

On my sadgirl 2000’s blogspot, I was obsessed with fucking (playing if censored) with the HTML of the blog. I had no idea that was coding. On my music zines, my favorite part was to copy typefaces from newspapers or magazines and print and organize photos of my favorite bands. It’s so funny how kids show little hints of what they love doing before they even knew it. But in my logic, I wanted to be a writer.

When I moved to America, I studied interactive media for a semester, and the typography class that I took that first semester was enough to make me wanna change my major to graphic design. It all made sense.
I was living in Brooklyn at the moment, and NY is the most amazing place to fall in love with graphic design. And there, is where I became absolutely obsessed with visual design.

Please tell us about your art.
I am in love with digital collage. I’m a texture hoarder, I have stacks of hard drives with different textures on it, from the classic grunge/old paper/vintage/dirt textures to the weirdest noodle/cactus/mac n cheese/freckles textures. It’s amazing that nowadays you can have a digital archive of everything you see and love.

My house in Caracas is called Quinta “Papeles” because my dad collects paper from all over the world. That was something that was always fascinating to me, textures and texture overlay.

Digital Collage has always been part of my design process. I love mixing analog and digital to create something that you can almost touch. And it has been a passion even before I knew it was called like that. In my first job at a print shop, I would always take home pieces of paper, vinyl, metallic paper, everything that was going to get thrown out. Since I pretty much lived in a matchbox when I lived in Brooklyn, I had to scan them and keep them digitally. I had no purpose at all with it, I just couldn’t throw them. I started incorporating some of those textures with clients from the print shop, and then I started exploring more and more with it. It was a cute romance, it kinda was always there but I never knew.

We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
This is so true, especially if you’re a freelancer like me that can work remotely. My outlet is partying. Sounds so stupid, but it really is how I’ve met most of my creative friends all over the world.

I think (some) creatives love night time, music, and people watching. Pretty much parties. I actually meet so many clients/creatives at parties/events. When I move to a new city I like to go to parties alone, and I connect with more creatives than I would at a gallery opening, for example.

I know some creatives are more introverts, but there are all sorts of events! My sister is an introvert and has never liked partying, but she told me that she went to a queer botanical themed party (I honestly don’t even know how to interpret that) and told me she had so much fun. It’s all about finding the right crowd for what you like! I for instance like techno parties because it really feels like meditation, and some of the best ideas I’ve ever had, I’ve had them on the dance floor (<lol).< span=””>

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My website is www.maiabenaim.com. I mostly use that outlet for branding, and editorial projects. I am (as every single young artist) working on showing more of my personal work.

You can support my most recent design work going to https://fronteraexperience.com/ and hitting that donation button. This is my friend Emiliana’s project, supporting and raising awareness of the Venezuelan migration crisis. Designing this website has been a dream, and supporting a cause like Frontera, surreal.

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Image Credit:
art for Frontera, FINDS, Good night single, and Poetic Thrust

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