“Maria was born in Estonian (Narva). She started drawing and painting at the Academy of Children’s Art in Ivangorod (Russia) when he was 11 years old.
And in the year 2000, Maria moved to Spain (Madrid) and continued her artistic education until 2005.
From 2002 to the present, the artist has participated in collective exhibitions and organized individual exhibitions in countries such as Spain, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
For Maria, art is the food for the soul and it is the divine essence that we all have and that is expressed through art.
It is cyclical: the longer we are in contact with beauty and harmony, the greater and more precious our Essence will become.
On the other hand, for the artist, art is a powerful tool capable of awakening the sleeping mind, helping to raise the consciousness of humanity and make it more sensitive to the pain, grief, and unhappiness of others. In this way, Art is a staunch ally of committed artists who want our planet to be a place where we can all live happily.”
MarOZ: I would like to start my story by reciting the words of Leonardo Da Vinci: “Painting is poetry that you see, and poetry is a painting that you hear.”
What was your route to becoming an artist?
MarOZ: From a very young age I knew how to draw very well, I think this ability was due to my mother’s genes. My mother was an authentic artist, she handled many different techniques, such as crafts, making clothes, painting, making papier mache, …
When I was 11 years old, my mother enrolled me in a children’s art academy at the suggestion of my art teacher at school, that’s when I started to study drawing and painting academically.
Years later I continued my studies at a private art school in Madrid for five years.
From 2002 until today I have organized my personal exhibitions and I have participated in group exhibitions in countries such as Spain, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
What is your chosen medium and what are your techniques?
MarOZ: At the art school in Spain I began to study portrait techniques. At first they were acrylic portraits, then I moved on to oil techniques and later to oil with white spirit, all in figurative technique.
A little later I started to paint landscapes and for this I used abstract and figurative techniques using different textures such as gesso and natural materials that I found on my walks on the beach or in parks.
Tell us a bit about your process and what environment you like to work in?
MarOZ: The process of the birth of a painting is mystical. It is something like gestating a baby. At first a feeling permeates your being. The feeling that there is something that has to materialize through you is growing day by day. Shy images of the future painting become clearer and sharper in your head and when you feel that you already have it, you know how it will be, you start with the preparation process: choose the technique, the materials, even the moment, not any time is worth this. Sometimes I have to meditate, I put music that is more appropriate for the subject of the painting, especially when I do energy and spiritual paintings.
On the other hand, some paintings, especially landscapes, are born from a beautiful image of Nature. I like to take photos when I go to the sea or to a park. I always carry my camera with me and then I paint what I have photographed.
And the other paintings that I have made primarily to improve my technique, which are different objects such as fruits, vegetables, flowers, etc..
What currently inspires you and which other artists do you admire and why?
MarOZ: I’m inspired by nature or some kind of expressive face. It could be some idea of what’s going on in the world and what has struck me. It could also be some movie, news, a fairy tale… …a lot of things.
If I could paint everything on my mind, I would already have a mini-hermitage of my paintings! 😀
I really like the works of Russian artists of the 19th – 20th centuries, especially: Kuindzhi, Repin, Aivazovsky, Petrov – Vodkin… and also Spanish painters such as Goya and Picasso for telling the whole world about the barbarities of the wars using art as a medium, because:
“What do you think an artist is? He is a political being, always alert to painful, brutal, or happy events, to which he responds in every way imaginable. Painting is not done to decorate apartments. It’s an instrument of war to attack the enemy and defend oneself from him.” Pablo Picasso.
-Kuindzhi was called the master of light and he really was.
– Repin – for stage complexity and perfect technique, for deep knowledge of the human soul. He reminds me of the writer Fyodor Dostoevsky, but in plastics.
– For me, there is no better seascape artist than Aivazovsky.
– The Petrov-Vodkin reflex system technique is a technique that I would like to master.
How has your work developed since you began and how do you see it evolving in the future?
MarOZ: At the beginning of my artistic development, I followed in the footsteps of artists who used the techniques of figurative realistic painting.
Then I added more expressionistic and impressionistic techniques, although I remain in the line of figurative painting.
In the future I plan to start combining abstract and figurative techniques to find harmony between them without losing balance.
In painting, what serves as a source of motivation for you?
MarOZ: I would like to answer this question with the words of the Russian artist Petrov – Vodkin: “Isn’t all art just a rehearsal for a man to become art himself?
I think that art is a manifestation of our soul. And what is the soul, if not a particle of God, which is the Source? The source of motivation is in the soul itself.
What are you working in currently?
MarOZ: I am currently working on two paintings, the Angel of Consolation and the Tree of Life. Both paintings are very spiritual but very difficult to realize, not in the technical sense, but rather spiritual. This kind of painting cannot be painted in a few days or weeks.
I started painting my Angel in 2014. I had a difficult period in my life and I had a dream about it as if showing me that I am not alone, that everything will be fine. This painting requires a special condition and mood, so it progresses very slowly.
The idea of the painting of the Tree of Life is taken by me from the myths of the Northern Tradition, where Yggdrasil is the connection between the worlds, and the Source of Wisdom is a waterfall that flows from under the roots of a tree.
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“Without magic, there is no art. Without art, there is no idealism. Without idealism, there is no integrity. Without integrity, there is nothing but mere production.”