Maja Ruznic was born in Bosnia & Herzegovina and came to the United States in 1992 as a refugee. Once in the United States, she studied Psychology and Art at University of California Berkeley and received her M.F.A. from the California College of the Arts in 2009.
Maja is a working artist whose paintings, drawings and performances explore memory and how it shapes our understanding of reality. She has exhibited nationally as well as internationally and has shown her work at ArtTranspoder (Berlin), Southern Exposure (San Francisco), Trailer Park Proyects (Puerto Rico), Michael Rosenthal Gallery (San Francisco), Hang Art Gallery (San Francisco) and AlterSpace (San Francisco). Her painting “The Mother of All Evil” was featured on the cover of New American Paintings in 2011 (Pacific Coast Section, Number 97).
“I enjoy working with the students at Hope due to their fearless and exuberant spirit. I feel that working with them is a mutually enriching experience–they teach me as much as I teach them, if not more. There is something pure and sincere in the art of my students–qualities I do not often see in contemporary art. I want to surround myself by this kind of beauty. They remind me why making art is an essential part of being alive.”