Hildy MazePainting Prize
Hildy Maze was born in Brooklyn, educated at Pratt Institute studying graphic design. While at Pratt she worked part time and after graduation full time at Push Pin Studio with Milton Glaser and Seymour Chwast. She continued working with Milton Glaser Inc. while beginning to free-lance as a graphic designer/illustrator doing 3 dimensional assemblages and constructions . After several years of working commercially, she turned her attention to more personal work of painting and drawing in her loft in Tribeca, NYC. However…….
Hildy’s genuine education began upon meeting Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist Meditation master. Spending 10 years with Trungpa Rinpoche until his death in 1987 she studied and practiced Tibetan Buddhist meditation, Shambhala art and culture, Dharma Art, brush stroke meditation practice, Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging), all based on the mirror-like expansive wakeful nature of mind. Reflecting on the years with Trungpa Rinpoche and her ongoing meditation practice and study she absorbed and translated into her process and images what he transmitted, along with her personal experience of the recognition of the awakened nature of mind.
After 12 years of living in New York City Hildy moved to East Hampton, NY in 1984 to live and work in an environment she truly considers home; the ocean and bay where she experiences the vastness of the view of mind’s nature while feeding a club of seagulls for 15 years she calls “family”. She can tell them apart and knows who is coupled for life!
During the last several years Hildy Maze’s work has involved simple paper. She says,” paper has an organic environmental quality. It responds immediately to causes and conditions, is impermanent meaning it ages, becomes fragile, is affected by light yet will remain as those things we search for and cherish possibly in the attic or basement, an archeological site, or a memory. It is the nature of all things to decay yet remain”.
Ms.Maze has exhibited her work in galleries in New York City, Europe, Bejing, China,Poughkeepsie, NY, eastern end of Long Island including an invitational at Guild Hall and is in several private collections both in the U.S and Europe.