Maureen was born in Flint, Michigan as the auto factories of the Midwest were starting to close. This started her family’s frequent moves. She learned to appreciate industrial landscapes along with the natural beauty of the Great Lakes. The two flowed together easily in her mind, the elaborate web of machinery just as beautiful as the branches of a budding tree.
Drawing and painting from as far back as she can remember, she made large-scale paintings at the age of fifteen. Her passion to create never wavered as she realized that making art made her feel alive. She attended art school at the University of Michigan where she concentrated on printmaking and painting. Her printmaking professors instilled a sense of experimentation and openness - and a love for paper.
She spent ten years living in downtown Detroit where she ran an influential art gallery. She moved to Los Angeles and was immediately inspired by all of the trees, flowers, fruits and plants that sprouted up nearly everywhere in the city. Maureen Maki currently resides in Los Angeles with her musician husband Sam Lapides.
Maureen Maki’s paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States. In addition her work is in public and corporate collections, including those of the Kresge Mansion in Detroit, Michigan; Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada; and the Hyatt Newporter in Newport Beach, California. Ms. Maki is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. Her work has been commissioned by public and corporate institutions, including the University of Southern California in Irvine, and the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department.