Maira Kalman was born in Tel Aviv and moved to New York with her family at the age of four. She was raised in bucolic Riverdale, the Bronx. She now lives in Manhattan.
She has written and illustrated thirteen children's books, including Ooh-la-la-Max in Love
, What Pete Ate
, and Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John Jay Harvey
. Her most recent children's book, 13 WORDS
(Harper's) was a collaboration with Lemony Snicket.
She is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker
Magazine, and is well known for her collaboration with Rick Meyerowitz
on the "New Yorkistan" cover in 2001. Maira is currently creating an illustrated column for The New Yorker
based on travels to museums and libraries.
Recent projects include illustrating Strunk and White's classic The Elements of Style
. A small opera based on the text was composed by Nico Muhly
. She has created two monthly online columns for the New York Times. The first, The Principles of Uncertainty
(2006-07), was a narrative journal of her life. The second, And The Pursuit of Happiness
(2009) was a year long exploration of American History and democracy beginning with a story on the inauguration of Barack Obama. Both columns are now collected in book form, published by the Penguin Press.
Contact Maira Kalman at email@example.com
Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World), The Jewish Museum, New York, NY; Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA;
Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA; Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Further Illuminations, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY
The Elements of Style, Memorial Art Gallery, Universtiy of Rochester, Rochester, NY
The Principles of Uncertainty, Jackson Fine Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Just Looking, Beihang University, Beijing, China
The Principles of Uncertainty, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY
I Can't Stand All the Excitement, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY
Just Looking, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY
is represented by the Julie Saul Gallery
535 West 22nd Street New York, NY 10011
Tel: (212) 627.2410