Maia graduated from Tufts University in 2008 with a degree in Biology and Community Health. Maia received training in jewelry and metals from various craft schools, and then received her Masters of Fine Art from SUNY New Paltz. She has participated in artist residencies at Arrowmont and Pocosin and currently works out of her studio in the Brewhouse Association on the south side of Pittsburgh. By using almost exclusively steel sheet, she aims to manipulate the material to have a dimension it did not previously have. The forms are inspired by botanical elements, abstracted and simplified to their most basic shape. Her work is an exploration of the intersection between the botanical and the industrial.