Russian born, Maria now lives in Melbourne, Australia. She has been drawing and painting since childhood, but pursued other creative interests like graphic design and illustration in her twenties. She is currently completing a bachelor of Fine Arts at Monash University.
Maria is passionate about working from observation, this includes life-drawing, portraiture and still-life. In the studio, she works with photographic references which allow her to carefully construct figurative compositions in order to explore delicate and complex narratives. Her work is inspired by her personal experience of the world and the stories of others.
Monash University, Bachelor of Fine Arts – currently
University of the Sunshine Coast, Bachelor of Computer Based Design, QLD, 2012
Chisholm Institute of TAFE, Diploma of Illustration – 2004
MADA NOW, Graduation exhibition, Monash University 2018
Her-Story Exhibition, Sydney 2017
The Mornington Art Exhibition 2017
The Mornington Art Exhibition 2016
May 2018, Box Hill Arts Community Centre, Melbourne
Sep 2018, Intermission Gallery. Monash University, Melbourne
Feb – May 2018, Residency at BHCAC
Nov 2018, Police Point Artist in Residence program, Mornington Peninsula Shire
2018 Volunteer at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
2009-2011 Volunteer at University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery
Recipient of 2010 ADFAS Scholarship