Maria Aristova is a successful young artist actively participating in the circulation of numerous cultural and art amalgamations taking place in our contemporary world and incarnating in constantly alternating contests, exhibitions and projects.
The major specialty of Maria’s art is desire to experiment. In her works stroke expressiveness, colour balance, bold surface treatment and special texture are combined with graphic precision, laconism and elaboration of composition. Figurativity and volume exist next to ornamentality and stylization. Such fabulous combination of totally different, at first sight, artistic devices, form the individual artistic style built on academic school skills.
Each canvas by Maria Aristova is a specific microcosm surprisingly interweaving totally different motives and art traditions of different periods. Each of her works is filled with special poetry undoubtedly dominated by the feminine.
Ivan Popov, art critic, research associate
Russian art department
of the Hermitage museum.
Maria lives and works in St. Petersburg. She was born to an artistic family in 1984. In 2002 she graduated from Art Academy College named after B. Iohanson, and then in 2010 graduated from St. Petersburg state Art Academy of painting, sculpture and architecture named after I. Repin, faculty of painting, department of scenography directed by E. Kochergin and M. Mokrov. During her study period Maria was awarded compliment from the academic board of Repin College for composition (2006). She constantly participates in international competitions and exhibitions. Her works were included in the limited edition album «150 works by modern Russian artists» (Valentin Ryabov gallery) published with assistance of Russian Culture Foundation (2007). Maria’s works can be found in private collections in Italy, UK, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Australia, China (include Harbin “Spring wind” museum of Russian Art), France (include collection of nude by Christian Marquant in Paris) and Russia (include Diyagilev museum in St. Petersburg).