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Maia Gambis (1977) is an artist and clinical psychologist of French-Venezuelan origin, based between Europe and South America.

She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Bard College, NY (1999) and Masters degrees in Psychopathology and Psychoanalytic Studies from Université Paris 7, Denis Diderot, France (2008).

Her visual language broadly explores the parameters of human nature in both its structural and organic form, often staging the tension between the natural world and that which is man-made. Her portafolio includes photography, sculpture, painting, conceptual pieces and installations. 

Through her use of diverse mediums, her work has increasingly served the purpose of engaging in environmentally and socially oriented projects that expand the conversation between creativity and health. In 2008 she founded "Museo del Niño y del Niño en el Adulto" (MNNA) — a space for children and for the 'child within' — dedicated to strengthening communities through creative expression. In 2010, she launched "Ecuador visto por los niños" ("Ecuador seen through the children"), a photographic project with refugee children in collaboration with HIAS Ecuador. Most recently, she created "Altavoz historias migrantes", an initiative that collects and records stories of immigrants. 

She currently directs and supervises "La Casa Escucha", dedicated to supporting early parent-child ties, within el Centro de Psicología Aplicada (CPsA) at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE) in Quito. 

Her work has been exhibited internationally and is part of public and private collections.

CV and full bio available upon request.

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