Maya Shleifer

Maya Shleifer is a multidisciplinary illustrator and designer, drawn most to visual storytelling through children’s books.

Born in the former USSR, she immigrated to Israel at the age of 16. After completing her studies at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, she worked as a designer and art director for various publications. She soon began showcasing her own editorial illustrations, and at about the same time, she started work on her first children’s books. Today her titles have wide recognition in Israel and are exhibited in the country’s major museums.

Maya launched a solo interactive exhibition in 2016 called Familiar Stranger, which combined her two passions – illustration and interactive storytelling. The exhibition gained the support of the Mifal Hapais fund for Art and Culture and was held at the Mamuta Art and Media Centre in Jerusalem.

Prizes & Honorable Mentions:

  • 3*3 illustration magazine Honorable mention
  • Ramat Gan Prize for best Picture Book of the year
  • Hapinkas illustration award
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