Valerie Maynard was born in Harlem, NY. She earned a M.A. in sculpture in 1977 and is the recipient of many distinguished grants and awards. Her works dominant themes are social inequality and the Civil Rights Movement.
She has a permanent installation, commissioned by the New York City MTA Arts in Transit, which is a mural (glass mosaic on mezzanine walls and above stairs), Polyrhythmics of Consciousness and Light, which was installed on 125th Street/ Lexington Avenue subway station in Harlem, New York in 2003.