Maja Smrekar was born 1978 in Slovenia. She graduated at the Sculpture Department of Fine Art and Design Academy in collaboration with the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and holds Master of Arts in Video and New Media.
Her work has been established in the international art and science milieu by interdisciplinarily researching the developments and application of ideological structures in society. Grounded in sculpture, her practice has allowed her to lead collaborations in developing cross-conceptual productions that include installations, performances, site specific art, drawings, videos, sound, as well as contributions to knowledge exchanged within lectures, talks and texts. She has been Guest Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia (2018 - 2019), where she has taught in Sculpture Department mentoring MA1 and MA2 students on Sculpture and Contemporary Artistic Practices.
She has exhibited in fine arts and media arts museum contexts such as ZKM Karlsruhe (Germany), Musée de l`Homme (Paris, France), Het Neuwe Institut (Rotterdam, The Netherlands), Art Laboratory Berlin (Germany), Latvian National Arts Museum (Riga, Latvia), Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova (Ljubljana, Slovenia), Milton Keynes Gallery (United Kingdom), RMIT Gallery Melbourne (Australia) and festivals like Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria), Transmediale (Berlin, Germany), Click (Helsingor, Denmark) and Musrarra Mix (Jerusalem, Israel).
She has been awarded at the Cynetart festival 2012 by the European Centre for Arts Hellerau (Dresden/Germany), Honorary mention at the Ars Electronica festival 2013 (Linz/Austria), Golden Bird Award 2013 (Ljubljana, Slovenia) and Trend Award 2017 - Prize for Visual Creativity (Ljubljana/Slovenia). She is the winner of the Prix Ars Electronica - Golden Nica 2017 in Hybrid Art (Linz/Austria). In 2018 she was awarded Prešeren Foundation Award - the highest national award for artistic achivements by the Republic of Slovenia (Ljubljana/Slovenia).
Maja Smrekar lives and works in Ljubljana (Slovenia).