Maria is an accomplished acrylic-based artist renowned for her meticulous surrealist landscapes and her evocative approach to visual storytelling.
Born in Poland and raised in the vibrant cultural tapestry of Turkey, Maria's multicultural upbringing profoundly influences her art. Her distinctive style bears the marks of diverse influences, drawing inspiration from the intricate narratives of Hieronymus Bosch, the vivid Catalan landscapes of Joan Miró, the surreal realms crafted by Remedios Varo and Leonora Carrington, the towering compositions of Pieter Bruegel, and the mystically dystopian landscapes envisioned by Zdzisław Beksiński and Giorgio de Chirico.
Maria's artistic journey began with her academic pursuit of her passion. She enrolled at Leeds Arts University, where she earned her BA in Visual Communication. Her dedication and commitment to her craft led her to further her education with an MFA in Media and Design.
Throughout her career, Maria has been a finalist in numerous art competitions and has exhibited in various galleries worldwide, with solo exhibitions in both England and Turkey.
Maria's art transcends conventional boundaries, offering viewers a poetic entry into the realm of art. Each of her pieces can be likened to a visual poem - a canvas that encourages viewers to inscribe their own narratives and interpretations, drawing from their unique life experiences. With her distinctive style, Maria invites you to embark on a journey through the poetic landscapes of her imagination, where each brushstroke and vivid detail beckons you to explore the depths of your own creativity and personal story.
In my artistic expression, I seek to evoke the power of the unspoken, allowing viewers to extract the essence rather than spoon-feeding them straightforward information. I believe that genuine artistic connection is created when the audience becomes active co-creators of stories. There is something profoundly meaningful to me when people engage with my paintings and uncover or craft fragments of their own tales—it's akin to an invisible thread binding us together.
My creative realm resides at the intersection of fantasy and reality—a space I like to call "magical realism." Through my artworks, I extend an invitation to journey into uncharted territories, where time and space lack definite boundaries. In this voyage, there is a rekindling of the sense of boundless possibility that we feel as children.
The palette I select plays a pivotal role in constructing dreamlike landscapes within my compositions. Muted tones of blues, purples, and a spectrum of brown predominate, as they harmonize beautifully to enhancing the surreal atmosphere of my landscapes. My intention is to transport the audience into entirely novel worlds, with a particular fondness for the color blue—an embodiment of the elusive and tantalizing “beyond."
At their core, my paintings plunge into the domain of visionary art, with a strong emphasis on themes of escapism and mystical encounters. They serve as portals to worlds inhabited by bizarre characters, unique forms of transport and eccentric architectural structures. In essence, these paintings are visual narratives of the magical odysseys I unearth within the limitless expanse of the human imagination.
Ultimately, my art seeks to capture the enchantment of storytelling through visual means, unraveling the mystical narratives and fantastical landscapes that dwell within the human mind. Through my work, I aspire to rekindle in viewers the latent magic of their own imaginations and remind them of the infinite stories that lie waiting to be unearthed.