Contemporary abstract artist, inspired by nature contrasts, bold colors, and shapes. I create abstract interior artworks using acrylic paint and black-and-white graphic works.
As a manifesto – a strong vision to enjoy life, create harmony and positive emotions with my art.
Love for drawing and inspiration by avant-garde art heritage, observation of the world around us has resulted in a constant search. Search for unique compositions, forms and color combinations to create interior paintings. Techniques of suprematism, Orphism, op-art, and abstract expressionism give me the opportunity to transform visual images into vibrant emotions.
The process of creativity for me is an intuitive desire to fill the original white void with bright colors, clear bold lines and figures, develop a memorable image on the wall, WOW-factor, that attracts viewers’ attention and produce a unique atmosphere of a residential interior or public space.
Currently create modern geometric abstract art and interior objects. Based in Moscow, Russia. Artworks are in private collections in Russia, UK, Hong-Kong.
Art Marathon – Art Gallery, Moscow 2018,
The Venice Guests (Venice) – Loretta Larkina Gallery, Venice 2019,
Russian Art Week, Moscow (2019) –I place in the nomination Geometric Abstraction,
Talantexpo in Gostiny Dvor, Moscow (2019) – I and II place in the nomination Geometric Abstraction,
St. Petersburg Art Week, St. Petersburg (2019) – I and II place in the Experimental Graphics nomination,
Exhibition of Modern Painting – Gallery W & P Moscow 2019
GoNewYork Contest, Rose Gallery – Winner – Tier II Prize, Moscow 2019
BelArt Moscow Contemporary Art Exhibition – Niko Gallery, Moscow 2019
International Contemporary Art Exhibition “Renoir Award” – Milan 2019
Russian Art Week, Moscow (November 2019) – group presentation of abstract art school
Exhibition “Monochromes and Abstract Graphics” – SABROS Gallery, Moscow, December 2019
Group exhibition of abstract art school – SABROS Gallery, Moscow January 2020
When did you begin painting and how did you get started?
Marina: I was always passionate about art. After a long and exciting career in corporate communications and PR I opened a new exciting page of my life as a full-time artist.
Though I didn’t get a classic education in art I try to educate myself through different sources when time allows me. Visits to museums, art fairs, lectures of well-known art critics, web tutorials from famous artists, as well as hands-on in local artists’ workshops became a perfect combination of resources. Today I study exactly what I am interested in – abstract art and modern design. Nowadays there are numerous opportunities to get knowledge – you need only to be open and eager to learn.
What is the message you are trying to give with your art?
Marina: Abstract art always holds an emotion. Pure Emotion, which is narrated by color and shape interaction. Positive emotions motivate people to overcome stress and anxiety of everyday life. I want to share my positive emotions with the world through my artworks.
What is the process from start to final artwork, do you envision geometry and color before you start to work?
Marina: I never thought of doing sketches for my works, my creative process is semi-automated. When the work is started I have a certain pattern in my mind, which is colored in an intuitive manner. In many cases, very typical for abstract art, the work itself starts to lead the artist for further actions … This process is irresistibly attractive and painful, collaboration with your own creation. With wooden sculptures I start attaching pieces to each other as kids play with wooden blocks until they come into something interesting.
What challenges have you faced in your creative work?
Marina: My pain is the limit of resources – time and sometimes materials to use. I always have dozens of ideas in my mind for immediate realization! Usually I start three or four projects at a time and switch from colorful geometric canvases to black-and-white graphics and to wooden panels. This helps me not to get stuck in one project and always get a fresh look at it.
Can you tell us a bit more about your Diamond and Labyrinth series?
Marina: These works are a mix of abstract hard edge and op-art techniques. The diamond series idea originally came from the gemstones’ natural play of light and shades. This almost rainbow pattern creates an abstract optical world in which we immerse. Nature gives us a unique opportunity to use its shapes and fill them with our emotions and thoughts. Big multipanel canvases help to get this almost tactile feeling of color vibration.
The labyrinth is another big series of works – a study of color interaction and collaboration. Our whole life is a long labyrinth of different stages – bright and pale, light, and dark. It may lead us to unexpected or desired, easy, or hard solutions and decisions in our life. You can choose yourself the kaleidoscopic path on my canvases and walk this imaginative way. This series inspired me to go further beyond the flat surface and transfer the
labyrinth pattern from canvas to 3d wooden sculpture, thus combining all emotional aspects including tactile.
What is the emotional process, and when do you know that you’ve reached, as you called it “the WOW-factor”?
Marina: This creative process itself is the essence of my love for art! Sometimes color pallet is shaping very easy, in other cases I repaint and remaster many elements in search of a vibrant subtle balance. If the whole picture collapses into separate pieces, the work is started all over again and again until I feel the magic of colors in action. And this is not the end of a process. The artwork meets the place, the room, the wall. If the environment is changed for better then the work is done!
Which artists influenced you the most and why?
Marina: The more I work the stronger is the feeling that I enjoy being a multidisciplinary artist – and this is the influence of world-acclaimed designers and architects. Art for me is part of interior design.
Among Russian artists my favorite are avant-garde masters including Kazimir Malevich and Lazar Lisitsky, Lyubov Popova for her prints and shapes, Aristarch Lentulov for vibrant colors and Igor Shelkovsky for an excellent mix of abstract paintings and art objects.
How has your art evolved over the years?
Marina: Making art is an ongoing learning process – you learn from nature, from changing the world around us, from other artists and from personal experience. Every artwork is like a next step in a long exciting journey. Sometimes I stop and analyze my works, see all the best in them, and translate into future projects. Sometimes I start to experiment with new techniques, and mix and use different materials to reach desired effects. When I started to paint my manner was almost minimalistic. I tried to concentrate on simple forms with minimum colors used. Today I experiment with bold colors and enjoy this challenge.
You sell a lot of your work all over the globe. What have you found to be the best way of getting your art noticed by buyers?
Marina: Web exposure is nowadays an excellent and affordable tool for attracting new customers. I am open for worldwide sales, but see the great potential in domestic sales. I strongly appreciate the everyday work of my curators in art galleries. I started selling my art by a credible word of mouth among friends, colleagues. I still love this channel as it can create more personalized works based on the personality and environment of my client.
Do you see your art as serving a purpose beyond art?
Marina: My current priority is interior art – which involves many aspects of creating a special atmosphere at home or work. Art cannot survive without place and people around it.
My abstract works are meant to get people immersed into the game of shapes and colors and even mesmerized… When you want to relax – the color scheme and shapes should be soft. If you want to be actively inspired by interior – take bold color combinations, oversized formats, and strong provoking shapes.
Are there any upcoming shows or workshops we should know about (or canceled due to the Covid-19 situation)?
Marina: The plans for spring are ruined by the current epidemic situation – some curated projects and fairs, sales go down as people either lose jobs or prioritize their savings for more important things. Still artists have now time to think recharge and create. In fact I work much more now as more time is available for a long undisturbed creative process.
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