Born in Russia, Maria is a figurative painter in a modern naturalistic and realistic style. She draws inspiration from the character and individuality of her models and subjects as well as her own personal experience of the world.
Since early childhood she has had great interest in the visual arts and drawing has always been her primary method of self-expression. This led to pursuing creative work such as graphic design and illustration in her twenties. After a number of years working as a freelance designer, but feeling a growing sense of calling towards a vocation to be an artist, she enrolled into a fine arts course and committed wholeheartedly to this pursuit.
Today Maria is a full-time painter working from her studio in Mornington, Victoria, where she strives to consistently build on her knowledge of oil painting by working to improve her technical skills and exploring both personal and universal ideas through her art. Portraiture, human form, still-life and the the natural world are her most depicted subjects.
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
Finalist 2019 Wyndham Art Prize
Finalist 2019 Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize
Nov 2018, Police Point Artist in Residence program, Mornington Peninsula Shire
Feb – May 2018, Residency at BHCAC
2018 Volunteer at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
2009-2011 Volunteer at University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery
Recipient of 2010 ADFAS Scholarship