Featured Artist: Maia Sambonet


Maia Sambonet was born in Milan in 1981 and trained at Central St Martins College of Art&Design, London. She lives and works between London and Italy. Maia’s work often involves text and book-art and relies on the need for instinctual process, yet continually questions notions of finite detail and artistic integrity. Her research explores the boundaries between drawing, writing and performance, witnessing the ways they merge in an experiential whole.

Recent pieces have seen whole theatre sets drawn meticulously into miniature. Prior and throughout her studies Maia collaborates with a range of editorial and theatre projects, such as the Architectural Review Lotus International and Rizzoli, Teatro Litta and Franco Parenti in Milan. In London she contributes to many site-specific performances among which PunchDrunk’s Faust, Wapping, 2006.

Maia has her first solo exhibition ‘Unlimited’ at AKA, Rome, curated by Raffaella Guidobono. She is now in the process of devising a site-specific show in London inspired by the biblical story of Jonah in the Whale and preparing an exhibition of little paper theatres (Teatrini) in Milan.

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