Yael Maimon was born in Israel in 1980. Drawing and painting since forever, Maimon decided to be fully committed to her art in her early twenties. In 2003 she graduated from Bar Ilan University with a first degree B.A. in Psychology. Her art education includes studying with the oil painter Amnon David Ar in 2005-6 in Israel, attending Margaret Dyer's pastel workshop in France and Eugen Chisnicean's watercolor workshop in France.
Maimon has been working on a series of cat-paintings. She volunteered at an animal rescue center and today at her home still taking care and saving abandoned kittens. "Cats are now my first circle of close friends. I love them and they give me daily inspiration. Cats are very intelligent creatures, they are simply fascinating animals". For her, it's both fun and a challenge trying to capture their facial expressions, gestures and body language on canvas or paper.
Maimon enjoys painting in a variety of media including oil, pastel, acrylic, watercolor and mixed media. Although best known for her Cats series, Maimon is also working on a magical figurative series called Once Upon a Time and a still-life Pastry series. She likes "playing" with the colors and constantly experimenting. In her work process there's always room for improvisation and spontaneity.
Although grounded in realism, Maimon's paintings are often impressionist in nature. Her artwork was featured in collective art exhibitions in Israel, gained international recognition and has been bought by private collectors.
2016 1st Place award winner, The Artist's Magazine's All Media Competition, Pastel category
2016 Merit Award, NOAPS Online International Fall Exhibition
2016 Honorable Mention, 33rd Annual Art Competition, Animal category, The Artist's Magazine.
2016 2nd Place award winner, Animal/Wildlife category, 18th Annual Pastel 100 Competition, Pastel Journal