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Heidi Russell Presents
Maria Petrovskaya
Blue Girl With Monster
Silver Girl 1
In The Fields
Blue Girl
Little Red Cap
In The Desert
“The Garden Of Earthly Delights”

July 23rd - August 13th , 2012

Producers Club

358 West 44th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues, closer to 9th Avenue) New
York, NY 10036

Viewing Hours:

12 noon to 10 pm, 7 days a week

Or by appointment by emailing: or

Artist reception:

Wednesday, August 1, 6-8 pm

Brought to you by Interntional Women Artists' Salon's Salon Solo project, with
venue partner of Producers Club.
I am an artist whose primary focus is painting, but I love and feel connected  to all art forms —
from prehistoric figurines, classical Greek statues and vase paintings to contemporary
installations..  Looking at art, making art, discussing art and reading about art—all these things
matter the most in my life.

My own paintings are often autobiographical and usually depict women, but  they  are painted
with a sense of humor that I consider vital to my work. As Dubuffet wrote—«Art and the Joke—
these two categories have common blood».   

If I were to choose a literary form that best fits my paintings that would be a fairy tale or a fable. I
was fascinated with fairy tales well beyond my childhood years, and I often feel that an incredible
story with fictional characters can best describe the most common problems or difficult
psychological situations.  My paintings may look surreal and whimsical, but the underlying layer
of my often «funny» works is usually serious.

My female images are often sexualized, but I am more concerned with painting a psychological
portrait or describing a psychological situation rather than with the sexual image itself.  In my
work the emotional part of the portrait or the situation always takes over the sexual aspect, and
my paintings are rather introspective.  I try to create a surreal world, but its inhabitants are not
displayed for the public entertainment, rather they are busy with the lives of their own..

I also find myself influenced by the Old Masters' paintings. Among the artists I particularly
appreciate are Bosch, Botticelli and Boucher, and quite often I feel that some of my paintings are
responses to their works.  But the fact that all of the iconic works of the past were created by
male artists adds a different twist to my art dialog—because from the female perspective exactly
the same situation often appears in a totally different light.

And though my take on a portraiture of women is influenced by the generations of male artists,  I
try to infuse my female images with a self-reflection, self-awareness and irony.

School of Visual Arts, New York, BFA 2011, Painting

Moscow State University, Moscow, 1998-2000, Mathematics and mechanics, economics


June 2012 - Ouchi Gallery, “Black and White” international artists show

May 2012  HK Arts festival

May-June 2012 —“International Mixer”curated by Peter Buotte,  The Djiboutian Arts Institute and
the Institute Francais-Arthur Rimbaud, Djibouti City, East Africa
April 2012 “Ai-Weiwei benefit” Whitebox

April 2012 Rema Hort Mann Foundation benefit, the Hole

April 2012, Producers Club, curated by Heidi Russell

April 2012 —Webster Hall

April 2012 - Tribeca Open Studios

April 2012-NY Studio gallery, International women artists Salon, curated by Heidi Russell

December 2011, Webster Hall

November 2011, Javits Center, Contemporary Art Fair

August 2011 ISE Cultural Foundation

August 2011, “Condition X” at the Westside gallery, curated by Keren Moskovich and David

June 2011 “Red” Ouchi gallery

March 2011 “No success like failure”, SVA Visual Arts Gallery curated by David Ross

November 2010, Webster Hall

July 2010 Bellport Library, curated by Dr. Sharon Lippman,              

July 2010 SVA open studios

June 2010 Tangine Dining Gallery

May 2010 Skyline Hotel

April 2010 TD Bank, 666 Broadway

February 2010 Webster Hall

July 2009 Williamsburg Music Hall,

July‐August 2009 ISE Cultural Foundation

July 2009 West Islip Public Library

June 2009 Inwood Hill Park Center, show curated by Loretta Lorance

July‐August 2008 ISE Cultural Foundation

June 2008 Inwood Hill Park Center- curated by Loretta Lorance,

May 2008 National Academy


ConArtist magazine, June 2012
“At the edge”, (hard copy), July 2012

Toast magazine, May 2012
“At The Edge” digital magazine: “New Old Masters from a female perspective”, July 2011, Eye of the beholder, August 2011

Art in America Annual Gallery Guide listing, 2010

Suffolk County News, July 2010

Gazette of Mid‐Atlantic Popular/ American Culture Association, July 2008


Artslant 6th 2011 Showcase Winner