April Marie Mai’s work is vibrant and colorful. She explores form and pattern, pulling inspiration from plants and micro-organisms. Some of her work explores her identity as an LGBTQ+ (pansexual) person, and her experiences. She also creates participatory art that deals with difficult topics, such as sexual assault and harassment. Her current project, “We Will Not Be Silenced,” shares thousands of survivors’ experiences in a simple, easy to read, and beautiful format.
Her work has been shown in a variety of group exhibitions, including at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. She was a 2016-2017 Midwest Jewish Artist Lab Fellow, and most recently participated in the Queer Experience Exhibition at InterUrban ArtHouse.
April has given workshops on a variety of art subjects, including acrylic abstraction. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art with an emphasis on Painting from the Kansas City Art Institute, and resides in Overland Park, Kansas.
When April is not making art, she enjoys hiking, swimming, running, travel, attending cultural and art events, participating in the local LGBTQ+ community, and cooking vegetarian food from all over the world.