Maya grew up in Leningrad in the former Soviet Union. St. Petersbug, as it is now known, is a city fabled for its beauty and culture. At a very your age her parents introduced her to the magnificent treasures of the city. Countless hours were spent at the magnificent Hermitage Museum studying the works of great masters. The works of the post-impressionists and those of the Russian Avant-garde especially fascinated Eventov. The palette of Matisse and Gauguin affected her interpretation of colour while Rodchenko and Malevich influenced her sense of balance and composition.
From the age of six onwards, Eventov studied art in one form or another. She qas accepted into the prestigious High School #190, which is affiliated with the St. Petersburg State Academy of Industrial and Applied Arts. As a student she participated in the various state juried exhibitions, but always found them traditional and boring. She much preferred the underground exhibitions organized by the students. After graduating in 1987 with a master's degree in graphic design, she began working as an illustratot for children's books.
Eventov took advantage of the fall of the "Iron Curtain" by traveling, exploring the lands of her dreams. In the early 1990's she immigrated to Canada. Here she found an immediate appreciation for her artwork and quickly became involved in the local art scene. Today Maya and her family reside outside of Toronto.