Maria Menshikova is an illustrator and art director primarily focusing on digital media. She experiments with 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.

Her illustration work is featured in film campaigns such as Suspiria, The LightHouse, Dumbo, Mank and others.

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. Currently resides in Los Angeles, US.

She has shown in galleries internationally including exhibitions in Tokyo and Moscow.
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