Maia studied Film and Photography at Ryerson University, and in 1984 went on to pursue a career in fashion and commercial photography. In 1991 he made a creative pilgrimage across Europe and North Africa. After settling in Lisbon, he taught at Portugal’s Technical School for Image and Communication for 21 years. In 2008, Maia launched an art journal, DIRECTARTS International, which is now distributed in 98 cities worldwide. 

In 2013, Maia returned to Toronto with his family and continued his photographic practice. He continues to be inspired by Leo Tolstoy’s philosophy of creating art with “Individuality, clarity, sincerity and transmission of feelings”. Maia has evolved as an artist, exploring the changing role of technology in photography with the advent of the smartphone; but continues to value these centrals tenets in his creative process. 

Selected Exhibitions:

2017   Space Within, group show, Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, Walnut Contemporary, Toronto,                   Canada

2016   Cosmos, solo show, Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, Walnut Contemporary, Toronto, Canada

2015   Recall, group show, Walnut Contemporary, Toronto, Canada


Comet Two, 2016
Cosmic Pa, 2016
Quasar Two, 2016
Morning Light, 2016
Spacial Equator, 2016
Cosmos, 2016
Quasar Three, 2016
Exoplanet Monolith, 2016
Spectrum Storm, 2016
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