“Dreaming is a way of planning, dreaming and imagination leave the doors open to possibilities.”
Dance movement is the starting point and inspiration for the abstract compositions of Maria Yakovleva’s this series of works “The Flow.”
An early awareness and sensitivity to the expressive power of dance led the artist away from figurative representation toward the open universe of abstraction, where gesture and motion are freed from the duty of literal description and become tools of unlimited possibility. A narrative emerges, of the evolution of an artist’s perception and the conquering of her fears.
"At the beginning it was scary to release herself to dance while painting",confides Maria. " The choice of colors and intensity of directions of a brush stroke speak the words for you, words which are screamed by your heart. The artistic process, in time, overtakes you and releases you - spreads your wings and lets you flight, in my case - dance.”
Maria Yakovleva chose painting at an early age, but was always fascinated by dance. Attending classes and gradually overcoming shyness to participate in social balls, she benefited from an artist’s power of observation and courage to explore new realms of experience.
Maria has been painting since she was 3 years old. When all children played in a yard she stood at home creating her miracle worlds. In some time she made a decision of developing her passion and to make art a career. At the age of 11 Maria entered Moscow Academic Lyceum of Art by Russian Academy of Art, at that time she studied still life, landscape, portrait painting as well as drawing in traditional realistic style. Maria got her MA in Monumental and Decorative Painting from Moscow University , where she studied mosaic, fresco, mural, sgraffito. For 5 years she had a great experience working in mosaic studio. There Maria created mosaics for public and private objects and after installed them: Orthodox Female Monastery near Jerusalem, Israel; Church of Three Holy Hierarchs in Government residence, Moscow, Russia; several small churches and couple private objects like steam room was made in style of Byzantium mosaic of 6th century. In 2006 she took part in AIMC congress in Macedonia, where she made a report on the theme of architecture of Macedonian churches and monasteries. She currently lives and works in San Francisco,CA