Maria Menshikova is an illustrator and visual artist primarily focusing on digital media. She experiments with traditional media such as acrylic and watercolor, and incorporates textural elements to give her work a more tangible look and feel. Subtle visual metaphors in her work deepen the psychological aspects, and act as a funnel to convey a message linked to the subconscious. She explores emotion, conflict, and nostalgia throughout sensual portraiture and atmospheric scenes, always with a touch of mystery and sometimes chthonic, folklore motifs.
Born in Russia, she is a self-taught artist that began her career at the age of 14. She then gathered a vast amount of experience working at various design and advertising agencies as a creative illustrator in Russia, and Netherlands.
She currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
Her work has been nominated for an ADC Young Guns award. She's been published, and featured by New Republic, Slanted Magazine, Creator’s project, Design Collector, Supersonic Art, “Russian illustration” book, POW!WOW! Worldwide etc.
She has shown in galleries internationally including exhibitions in Tokyo, and Moscow.