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Maria Kostareva

Maria Kostareva was born in 1989, Tver region, Russia. Lives and works in Moscow. Formerly a graphic designer, since 2017, she is a full-time artist. Maria holds a Bachelor of Arts History (Moscow State University of Arts named after Surikov) and a Master of Visual Culture (National Research University Higher School of Economics).


Maria Kostareva is a visual artist whose work combines a flattened perspective; unpredictable colour-schemes; and plots of a person’s everyday life in a big city. The flatness of the works references Kostareva’s so-called ‘former life’ as a graphic designer, but now it is the way that allows her to convey vivid scenes that oscillate between abstraction and representation. A master of sophisticated contrasting compositions, she establishes three-dimensional space while maintaining the flatness of the canvas.

Maria’s paintings use saturated and vibrant colours, remove semitones to heighten both their stylized and
disconnect from reality, translating the three-dimensional world into color spots, all while retaining the
complexity of the image. They are exuberant and lively in their palette, influenced by European painters Henry Matisse and Felix Vallotton, as well as old Russian religious paintings.

In her works Maria is fascinated by the connections between familiar and unfamiliar people, spaces, events. Avoiding storytelling she leaves the nature of these links unsolved. Often portraying herself or her twin sister, she executes universal feminine images that overcome personal experience. Using memories to the same extent as other visual finds she creates timeless scenes that appear like half-remembered or imagined memories filled with a sense of nostalgia and longing.

Solo/Duo Exhibitions
2021 – The Golden Room (with Natalie Rosin), Curatorial+Co, Sydney, Australia.
2020 – SONDER, Art&Brut Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
2019 – One-artwork exhibition, Between Windows Gallery, Moscow, Russia.

Selected Group Exhibitions
2020 – Darlings, Curatorial+Co, Sydney, Australia.
2020 – Adjacent Spaces, Azot Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
2020 – Camp, Who/Am Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
2020 – Here With Me, Curatorial+Co, Sydney, Australia.
2019 – Look at Yourself, Azot Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
2019 – Where we once were someone, Young Space, online
2018 – AR|T|BAT 525, Omelchenko Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
2018 – Metro. Blue, Izmailovo Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
2018 – Presence, Curatorial+Co, Sydney, Australia.
2018 – Home/Street, K35 Art Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
2017 – Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, Royal Arsenal Riverside, London, UK.
2017 – Start in Art, K35 Art Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
2016 – Petit, Emerge Gallery & Art Space, New York, USA.
2016 – Paper Works, Upstream Gallery, New York, USA.
2016 – Memory formatting, Vertical Gallery, Saint Petersburg, Russia.
2015 – Sound Visualization, WeART Gallery, Moscow, Russia.