Born and raised in Switzerland Maya Schonenberger holds a degree in textile art.
Her fiber and mixed media pieces have been exhibited in the US as well as in Europe.
Her award winning artwork has been shown nationally and internationally including Quilt National, FAVA, Art Quilt Elements (formerly Art Quilts at the Sedgwick), Visions Art Gallery, Art Quilt at the Whistler and Fine Focus. Her work has been featured in numerous publications such as National Fiberarts Design Book, 500 Art Quilts, Quilt Arts Magazine
Her work is in private and public collections in Switzerland, Italy, Germany and the US.
has always been interested in nature, in its evolution and our history. Maya focuses on the interaction of humans with nature and the changes that result from this process. Intrigued by the possibilities that textiles offered her, she started exploring different techniques guided by her sense of colors and the feelings they invoke in her. She is a person, who strives to be in tune with her mind, body and her surroundings, and continuously searches for new ways of expressing her thoughts, feelings and concerns.
During the last few years she created a series called 'Urban Sprawl', ’ Hindsight’ and another one titled 'Stretched To The Limit'. The latter focuses on issues such as endangered animal or plant species and social issues. Living in southern Florida exposes the artist to more than just lush, rich tropical life and beautiful waters but also brushfires, floods, droughts, spills and pollution. She experiences south Florida's urban sprawl expanding like an uncontrolled brushfire, and leaving behind large concrete and asphalt areas, and polluted waters.
Her very positive view of live enables Maya to appreciate her surroundings, lets her enjoy nature and the fact that she has two of the most wonderful National Parks at her fingertips, is a daily delight and inspiration for her.