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Maria Petrovskaya

b. 1981, Moscow, Russia

Lives and works in New York

Maria Petrovskaya is a multidisciplinary artist working in sculpture and painting. In her practice, she explores the human body, color, and the intersection of 3D and 2D worlds. Painting and sculpture become closely intertwined, as the color in her works plays a crucial role in understanding and highlighting the form and emotions captured in spontaneous clay sculptures.

Petrovskaya’s works are based on automatism and the Dada movement.  Most of her sculptures originate from small clay figurines conceived in social settings. Being actively engaged in conversations with others while making the work allows the artist to unleash subconsciousness and create freely without the controlled restraint of the mind. The best works get 3D scanned and enlarged. The final process of painting usually takes a long time, with multiple versions of color combinations for each sculpture. Color becomes a new layer of information that changes the perception of the form.

Maria Petrovskaya received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York. She studied economics and mathematics and mechanics at the Lomonosov Moscow State University prior to pursuing art. She has participated in numerous art exhibitions in New York.