Maria Pleshkova (b. 1986) is a multidisciplinary artist working in photography, digital collage, video, performance, and text.
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, Czech Republic, and Slovenia. Her works are part of Tbilisi Photography & Multimedia Museum collection and of numerous private collections.
In her work, Pleshkova explores the boundaries of self-portraiture. Her life and art are inseparably connected. She lives her life through her art, making intimate and self-revealing projects. Pleshkova’s projects are always autobiographical, but the autobiography is just an excuse to talk about things that 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?”
Working in different mediums, Pleshkova creates her own artistic universe which can be described as sophisticated and gloomy. For her, the Microcosm is more important than the Macrocosm. Her projects deal with such themes as love, sexuality, solitude, pain, dreams, death, and mysticism.