Bearden 100

#75 New Orleans Marching Band - No Date
By Romare Bearden

Selected by Sylvia Maier

New Orleans Marching Band - No Date

I chose this painting because of the dynamic movement and the drummers are very reminiscent of the drummers in Prospect park which inspires my work today.I enjoy the composition and the simplicity of gesture.

Sylvia Maier

Visual Artist
Brooklyn, NY

"soul sisters", 48x72, oil on canvas

The Artist

Sylvia Maier attended the New York Academy of Art, the New York School of Visual Art, and the National Academy of Design, New York. She studied with Ron Sherr and Harvey Dinnerstein, and is a recipient of the prestigious Greenshield Award.

Her paintings have been shown at the Parish Museum in South Hampton, at the G.R. N’Namdi Gallery in Chelsea, New York, the Cork Gallery at Lincoln Center, solo show at the Forum Gallery in Frankfurt, Germany, and in numerous other solo and selected shows throughout the U.S. and Germany.

Her painting “Soul Sisters” was on loan to US Ambassador to Bangui, Central Africa, with the US State Departments’ Art in Embassies Program.  Her paintings have been to several "art for life" events, organized by Russell Simmons to bring art to underprivileged urban kids. Her work was featured in the Wall Street Journal . Her client list includes Mars (the candy company) and M&M's has commissioned her several times  for the super bowl  event  and the opening of Ms. Browns debut as the official painter of Ms. Brown. She has provided art for film ,tv, and commercials . Her clients include  Jeep, The White Collar show and the Dan Zanes and Friends show airing soon.

She has worked with Spike Lee on an exhibition of paintings as well as on a public service announcement/commercial to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  where Spike chose 30 of her paintings.

An only child, Sylvia Maier was often with elders and forever with pencil and paper in hand; since she was seven she drew people constantly. Sylvia Maier spent most of her summers in Argentina as a child and the most vivid recollection she has are the churches. She went to church with such enthusiasm not only for the spiritual experience but also because she knew she would see great art.

Sylvia Maier is a native of New York City. Her heritage is biracial, and she is influenced by artists from the past.

Today, Sylvia Maier's art bridges the gap between earthly and spiritual existence.  It draws from African ceremonies and from the human condition. Her figurative work is life size and set in the urban environment. New York City is her inspiration.

Sylvia is currently working on a body of work featuring musicians from Jazz to Afro-Punk.