Maria Kononov was born in 1997, in the United States. She began to paint when she was three years old and her first exhibition took place in Brussels when Maria was only eight. Despite the youth, she already had more than 30 personal exhibitions in major cities around the world, such as Moscow, St. Petersburg, London, Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam, Milan, Rome, Bologna, New York, Melbourne, and many others. In 2015, Maria became the youngest member of the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS). In 2017, Maria had her personal exhibition at the Biennale di Venezia, Palazzo Zenobio. So, to no surprise, her works are now found in private collections all over the globe.

The oeuvre of the young artist is extremely varied – she paints pictures, illustrates books and calendars, creates sculptures, designs clothes. Much of her time is devoted to working with children at hospitals, schools, in orphanages, where with the boys and girls she creates wonderful works full of vitality and joie de vivre.

Maria also works with theaters. In 2015, she collaborated with Vladimir Jurowski on A. Scriabin's “Mysterium”, creating her first video installation accompanying the live concert performance that was shown at the House of Music in Moscow. Then, in 2016, she created costumes and video installations for Britton's opera “The Little Sweep” and Gluck's “Orpheus”, – both becoming a part of the regular program at the Prokrovsky's Chamber Music Theater in Moscow. This was followed by two extremely creative video installations – one for Mozart's “Marriage of Figaro”, which was shown at the Krasnoyarsk Theater of Opera and Ballet in 2018, and the other for Wagner's “Tannhäuser”, which accompanied unique performance in Novosibirsk, at the Arnold Kats State Concert Hall, in 2019.

Available Paintings




Summer 2021

Locarno, Switzerland

L'ospedale La Carita di Locarno with Majid Foundation

A personal exhibition




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