Maja Petric is an artist working with cutting-edge technology to create innovative spatial experiences that evoke the sublimity of nature. She grew up in Croatia during the violent fragmentation of Yugoslavia. It is then that she became preoccupied with using art to elevate a sense of the surroundings. She received a Ph.D. from University of Washington and a Master from New York University on the topic of transforming the poetic experience of space through the experimental use of technology. Training at these pioneering institutions gave her an opportunity to explore various artistic methods to manipulate people’s senses through which they experience space cognitively and emotionally.
During her studies, Maja discovered that lighting is one of the most potent tools to shape people’s experience. Since the year 2000, she has been researching, practicing, and teaching complementary potential of light and art to create the transformative human experience. On this subject, she had developed a theoretical body of knowledge that is embodied in her art practice that she teaches at University of Washington, Complutense University of Madrid, Technical University of Madrid, and European Institute of Design. Most recently she has been appointed a Director of the Master about Innovation Through Creative Light at the European Institute of Design. Her research on the creative use of light is being prepared for publishing in a book - History of Light in Art.
Maja's artwork has been exhibited at Microsoft Research Gallery, Henry Art Gallery, Amazon Headquarters Gallery in the USA; Matadero, and Medialab Prado in Madrid. Some of the awards she received include Microsoft Research Residency Award, Richard Kelly Light Art Award, two Thunen Lighting Awards, and Doctoral Fellowship from Croatian Science Foundation. Her artwork has been nominated forArts Innovator Award, FastCo. Innovation by Design Awards, International Light Art Award by the Centre for International Light Art Unna. She is a 2017 Artist in Residence of Redmond, WA, USA.