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.

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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


Group Exhibitions:
Her-Story Exhibition, Sydney 2017
The Mornington Art Exhibition 2017
The Mornington Art Exhibition 2016
A4 Art Australia 2016

Solo Exhibitions:
May 2018, Box Hill Arts Community Centre

Feb - June 2018, Residency at BHCAC
Nov 2018, Police Point Artist in Residence program, Mornington Peninsula Shire

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