Maia Machèn (Maia Matches) was born in Toronto, Canada, and moved to the Netherlands in 1999. She graduated from the Academy of Art & Design in Den Bosch in 2003. She majored in sculpting, and additionally self-published a series of zines, called 'Crap*'. In 2004, she worked on her graphic novel 'Torontonia', a project that was awarded a subsidy by De Nieuwe Brabantse Kunst Stichting (The New Brabants Art Society) in Breda. Maia drew a comic in the 24 Hour Comics Day event in Amsterdam in 2007.
She was one of the driving forces behind the free comics papers Orient X Press (2012) and Wat Wil West (2014), that were distributed free in the Amsterdam quarters Oost and Oud-West, respectively. The papers featured art by Maia and other upcoming comic artists based in Amsterdam. In 2014 she participated in 'De kraker, de agent, de jurist en de stad', a journalistic graphic novel collaboration between three journalists and three comic artists about the squatting prohibition of 2010.