is a NYC and LA based animator, director and artist. She creates intricate hand-made animations and collages inspired by imaginary worlds, memories, and the unconscious. Shown in various national and international film festivals, galleries and museums, her award-winning animations utilize a hybrid experimental approach to cut-paper stop-motion, puppetry, hand-drawn and computer animation processes.
Maya is a 2012 MFA graduate in Experimental Animation from CalArts, and is represented by 6PointMedia, a Hollywood Animation Studio. Personal projects include a new film in the works called Anyuka--an abstract animated short documentary, and a childrens book about beasts.
Maya is a 2014-2016 Visiting Faculty member in Animation at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Maya is also the Animation Director at CDN (Childrens Documentary Network) launching in a few months in NYC.Clients and collaborators include
: VICE, Intel, CDN, TV on the Radio, Michel Gondry, Aaron Rose, Levis, Toyota, BRIC media, and FAKE BAND COLLECTIVE among others. NEWS
New interview with Jordan Edwards "Art on Camera" series:http://vimeo.com/116624773
Radio interview for Fandor with Adam Shartoff of film wax: http://blog.fandor.com/2014/10/31/vision
Link to infographic video I directed for VICE/Intel:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePlZ_hSk
Am a featured Director on Fandor right now and for the next few weeks:https://www.fandor.com/FIX
Interview with Posture Magazine 2014:http://posturemag.com/online/2014/05/28/
NEW WEBSITE IN THE WORKS. COMING SOON.
2014 REEL (new one coming...):https://vimeo.com/88672630
NEW TUMBLR SITE FOR ANIMATIONS...http://mayaillusionanimations.tumblr.com
Other news: New music video with Jon Fine in the works, lots of animation projects brewing with Children's Documentary Network...
2014 Group show at Castlefield Gallery in Manchester, England with Cory Arcangel and other interesting artists employing mondegreens and pareidolias in their work: http://www.castlefieldgallery.co.uk/even
curated by Sevie Tsampalla.
Review of the show:
"On the smaller, cosier upper floor of Castlefield Gallery, Maya Erdelyis animated film, Pareidolia (2012) plays alongside two framed works. Intricately assembled paper-cuts, prints and drawings are manipulated into a beautiful and tragic story, that we can never quite understand the details of. Whilst the scenes depicted in Erdelyis film are specific, the experience of constructing memories and personal narratives from a mixture of real events, misunderstandings and fabrications is universal. As such, this work is powerfully evocative of an innate, but confounded human desire to fully understand and come to terms with our histories."
Have become a featured director on FANDOR (netflix for independent films): http://www.fandor.com/filmmakers/directo
See the award-winning animations in HD:"Phosphena"and "Pareidolia"
New works are for sale via The Foundation Gallery in NOLA.
Check out: www.thefoundationgallery.org
Am a 2013 American-Scandinavian Foundation
grant recipient and fellow. I will be heading to Odense, Denmark in early June to study at the Hans Christian Andersen Museum and Archives to begin my research for a new children's book and animation. "Pareidolia"
won the Barbara Aronofsky Latham award for Emerging Video Artist at the 51st Ann Arbor Festival this year!"Pareidolia"
will screen at the 2013 Calarts Experimental Animation showcase at RedCAT in Los Angeles on May 2, 2013.
This article just came out about my work: http://www.laimyours.com/39876/the-trave
The 8th Tehran International Animation Festival in Iran has asked me to join their screening of "Outstanding Women Animators" for the March 2013 Film Festival!
Created medical science illustration for Engineer Nina Tandon's 2012 TED talk on electricity in the body. Animation coming next. www.ninatandon.com
Worked as the Stop-Motion Director for this 2012 Toyota Scion spot:http://vimeo.com/54563672
An animation magazine in China just published this interview with me:http://www.newcg.com/plus/view.php?aid=6"Pareidolia"
has been officially selected for the 2012 New Orleans Film Festival http://neworleansfilmsociety.org/pages/d
coming up in October!
Thrilled to have just signed on as a new director for www.6pointmedia.com
a great animation studio in Hollywood! They will promote and represent me exclusively for commercial projects.
My most recent reel: https://vimeo.com/45309116
shows clips from "Pareidolia" and other projects.
Also, animation production has begun on www.superchicasmovie.com
where I am directing all the animation segments for this fun live-action feature by director Juliette Carillo. First project was a street art animation in Venice, CA in July. Links coming soon.
"New Cannonball blues" won Best Music Video at the 2012 Los Angeles Animation Festival! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dv0G5ibi3
(link to the video) RECENT:
2014 Whitney Houston Bienniel, group show
Feb. 26, 2014 at THE ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES
as part of their "New Filmmakers Series" http://newfilmmakers.com
OFFICIAL SELECTION: The 2014 Fargo Film Festivalhttp://www.fargofilmfestival.org
Brooklyn Art Council's Artist Registry:http://www.brooklynartscouncil.org/regis
2012 Havana Bienalle: screening of "Phosphena" on Cuban rooftops
TV on the Radio's 2011 movie "Nine Types of Light" (of which "New Cannonball Blues" the music video I directed for them, is a chapter) was nominated for a 2012 Grammy award for Best Long Form Music Video."Phosphena"
to be screened: Official Selection and Winner (3rd Place):
The 2011 James River Film Festival at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia Official Selection:
The 2011 Cinetoro Festival de Experimentacion in Toro (Valle de Cauca) Colombia Official Selection:
The 2011 Istanbul Animation Festival at the Pera Museum from Dec. 16th-19thCurrent group show
at The Museo de Ponce in Puerto Rico http://www.museoarteponce.org/11en2011/aBio
As a child, Maya used to sleep with a pencil under her pillow so she could draw out her dreams on her bedroom walls the next morning. Since then, she has travelled the Arctic to study Ice Sculpture, lived in a Parisian squatted bank building making surrealist costumes and performances, traversed India to study religion and textiles, and began animating as a grad student at Harvard. Before that she studied fine art at The Cooper Union and Hunter College in NYC. A native New Yorker, Maya was born to a Hungarian Psychologist and a Colombian Poet. She is a 2012 MFA graduate in Experimental Animation from CalArts. Maya is represented as a director through 6PointMedia, a Hollywood Animation Studio. A write-up on electricsheepmagazine.com about the 2011 London International Animation Festival: "Another traditional animation method is celebrated in this years technique focus screening, which will showcase the use of paper cut-outs on film. A mainstay of animation dating back to early 20th-century cinematic pioneers such as Lotte Reiniger, cut-outs continue to produce visually arresting results as evidenced by Maya Erdelyis Phosphena (2010), a kaleidoscope of intricate paper creations and abstract confetti. If Erdelyis film is an indicator of the selection, the screening should provide a very stimulating survey of shorts."