Palm Beach — Every month, Caribbean Queen at Palm Beach Plaza Mall honors one local female artist who lives and creates here. The Caribbean Queen program was launched when the store opened in late 2011. For the month of May 2014, local artist Maja Lepsanovic is the boutique’s celebrated Caribbean Queen, showcasing her art for locals and visitors to admire and purchase.
Born in Belgrade, Serbia, Maja has always been surrounded by creative people, including an architect mother and a painter brother, who had a lot of influence on her creativity and artistic expression.
She signed up to study construction in college, and later on graphic design, but that only held her attention for a short time. She came to Aruba two and a half years ago to help care for two boys in a Serbian/Dutch family, and the six months turned into forever since everything came easily to her on the Island.
Having always loved owls and geckos, she started painting those on driftwood, offering them as souvenirs in the local market. When she started painting, she didn’t know where that hobby was going to take her, but she liked it and persevered.
Today her art combines driftwood with different materials—stones, pearls, and bamboo—while incorporating different painting techniques. Each piece is unique, and she loves this island and the opportunity to create whatever is in her head in the colors of Aruba. Tourists who purchase her art take a piece of Aruba home with them.
Maja reports she is happy to be the newest Caribbean Queen as she shows off her work throughout the month of May at Caribbean Queen, Palm Beach Plaza Mall.
Caribbean Queen earmarks a percentage of all sales for its Tikkun Olam (Repair of the World) program. The collected funds are given quarterly to local non-profit organizations in an ongoing effort to do good and serve the community. All the foundations served with donations from Caribbean Queen are dedicated to the promotion of art on the Island and artisan education.