Available Works

In The Studio


Maria Kostareva (b. 1989, Tver region, Russia) is a visual artist who sees her practice as one of the many possible ways to describe everyday experiences of modern people in urban environments, depicting the experience of interaction between strangers. Maria reconstructs fragmentary episodes that themselves are insignificant, this way she seeks to emphasize the mutual connections between people and events, even if the trajectories of these links are not clear to us. Maria’s paintings oscillate between abstraction and representation; whereby, she is able to create timeless scenes that appear like half-remembered or imagined memories filled with a sense of nostalgia and longing. In her figurative abstract works, Maria focuses on the experience of 20th century artists, especially Richard Diebenkorn, Francis Bacon, as well as on the philosophical ideas of image theorists, such as Merleau-Ponty, Didi Huberman, Marion. Maria lives and works in Moscow, Russia.


MA, National Research University Higher School of Economics, 2017-2019

BA, Moscow State University of Arts, 2012-2016

Diploma, Moscow Publishing and Printing College, 2007-2010

Diploma, State College of Arts Yelets, 2005-2007

Private Collections

Private collections in Russia, Australia, USA, UK, France.


2020, SONDER, Art&Brut Gallery, Moscow, Russia (Solo)
2020, Darlings, Curatorial+Co, Sydney, Australia (Group)
2020, Adjacent Spaces, Azot Gallery, Moscow, Russia (Group)
2020, Camp, Who/Am Gallery, Moscow (Group)
2020, Here With Me, Curatorial+Co, Sydney, Australia (Group)
2019, One-artwork Exhibition, Between Windows Gallery, Moscow, Russia (Solo)
2019, Look at Yourself, Azot Gallery, Moscow, Russia (Group)
2019, Where We Once Were Someone, Young Space, Online (Group)
2018, AR|T|BAT 525, Omelchenko Gallery, Moscow, Russia (Group)
2018, Metro. Blue, Izmailovo Gallery, Moscow, Russia (Group)
2018, Presence, Curatorial+Co, Sydney, Australia (Group)
2018, Home/Street, K35 Art Gallery, Moscow, Russia (Group)
2018, 30 Under 30, Viridian Artists, New York, USA (Group)
2017, Start in Art, K35 Art Gallery, Moscow, Russia (Group)
2016, Petit, Emerge Gallery & Art Space, New York, USA (Group)
2016, Paper Works, Upstream Gallery, New York, USA (Group)
2016, Memory Formatting, Vertical Gallery, Saint Petersburg, Russia (Group)
2015, Sound Visualization, WeART Gallery, Moscow, Russia (Group)
2014, Open Studio en Can Serrat, Barcelona, Spain (Group)