Russian born, Maria now lives in Melbourne, Australia.
Maria 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. Prior to returning full time to painting, she ran her own business as a freelance Graphic Designer for 3 years.
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.