From Tver, Russia
Based in Moscow, Russia
We interviewed inspiring Maria Kostareva, whose works are a study of human behavior and relationships conveyed through figurative abstraction and color interplay. She shared with us her impressive journey, views on art, and many more!
A: Please, tell us a bit more about yourself. What brought you into art?
M: As a child, I visited an art school. My mother painted well, too. I always wanted to be an artist, but I grew up in a small village and it was hard for me to believe that that was possible. For several years I tried to combine my art practice with a designer career at a publishing house in Moscow. It wasn't easy, but after a while, I finally quit my regular job and since then, I have been a full-time artist. In the end, the most important thing was to give myself permission to call myself an artist. When I started introducing myself to new people like that, I got the confidence that it was true.
A: What inspires you the most?
M: I’m inspired by life in its smallest details. I believe that life is built not around ‘big’ events, but in our daily interactions.
A: Do you have any specific rituals while working(creating)?
M: I make sure to work in a calm state, so sometimes I meditate before I begin. I also often paint to music, right now it is Race to Space.
A: What would you recommend to someone new to art (an artist or just an admirer), what to begin with?
M: Be curious and open-minded.
A: Your top 3 adjectives related to art?
M: Open, saturated, vital.
A: The best angle to look at art is...?
M: ...from your heart.
A: The perfect phrase to start any conversation about art?
M: Why does it touch you? What do you feel when you look at this piece?
A: Must-read books to talk about art (or do we even need them)?
M: I think it all starts with looking anyway, but there are some amazing books that can help you start looking deeper into art.
Manet and the Object of Painting by Michel Foucault,
Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation by Gilles Deleuze,
The Great Image Has No Form, or On the Nonobject through Painting by François Jullien.
A: If you could change one thing in the art world - what would it be?
M: Any changes have unpredictable consequences, so I would leave everything as it is.
A: Please, share your favorite quote (not necessarily related to art)
M: "Of course, it is happening inside your head, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?"
J.K. Rowling, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’