Maya Smira was born and raised in Haifa, Israel, in the mountains close to the sea. She was always engaged with social ideas through the usage of photography, video, dance and varied forms of art. After her military service, she travelled the world, exploring cultures and places in the Far East, Latin America and Europe. Later she worked as a photographer and artist in independent art & film productions. In 2012, Maya obtained a BA in Arts and Humanities and a BFA in photography in Tel-Aviv. Recently she completed the MFA program in the New Genres department at the San Francisco Art Institute. Maya exhibit in both California and Israel, as well as, several other countries in the world.