Maria Pleshkova (b. 1986) is a multidisciplinary artist working in photography, video and performance.
Pleshkova graduated from the Law Faculty of Moscow State University, but her career in law wasn’t long because of her passion for art. Later, she studied Photojournalism at Moscow State University and Short film production at School of Visual Arts (Moscow). Also, she attended the Eddie Adams Workshop (USA) and the International Summer School of Photography (Latvia).
Pleshkova’s artworks have been shown internationally, including exhibitions and festivals in Russia, France, Spain, Italy, Georgia and Czech Republic. Her works are part of Tbilisi Photography & Multimedia Museum collection.
Pleshkova’s life and art are inseparably connected. She lives her life through her art, depicting her personal experience in a sincere and honest way.
In her work, Pleshkova explores the Microcosm, the human universe, and certain moments of the highest intensity of life. She focuses on the Unconscious, on dreams and visions. Pleshkova’s work doesn’t appeal to ratio – on the contrary, it appeals to people’s feelings. She creates her own artistic universe and invites people to visit it.
Pleshkova’s projects are autobiographical, but the autobiography is just an excuse to talk about things which are universal and common to all humankind.
Pleshkova says, “I make self-portraits because I am so often alone, and because I am the person I know best. Creation is the opposite of death, and each self-portrait is the answer to the question “Am I still alive?”