Harmonization II by Maria Svarbova




35 x 35 In


archival pigment print


Edition of 10


Harmonization II by Maria Svarbova


Maria Svarbova was born in 1988; she currently lives in
Slovakia. Despite studying restoration and archeology, her
preferred artistic medium is photography. From 2010 to the
present, the immediacy of Maria’s photographic instinct
continues to garner international acclaim and is setting new
precedents in photographic expression. The recipient of several
prestigious awards, her solo and group exhibitions have placed
her among the vanguard of her contemporaries, attracting
features in Vogue, Forbes, The Guardian, and publications
around the world; her work is frequently in the limelight of
social media. Maria’s reputation also earned her a commission
for a billboard-sized promotion on the massive Taipei 101
tower, in Taiwan.
Maria’s distinctive style departs from traditional portraiture
and focuses on experimentation with space, colour, and
atmosphere. Taking an interest in Socialist era architecture and
public spaces, Maria transforms each scene with a modern
freshness that highlights the depth and range of her creative
palette. The human body throughout her oeuvre is more or less
a peripheral afterthought, often portrayed as aloof and demure
rather than substantive. Carefully composed figures create
thematic, dream-like scenes with ordinary objects. Her images
hold a silent tension that hint at emergent possibilities under
the lilt of clean and smooth surfaces.
There is often a sense of cool detachment and liminality in
Maria’s work. Routine actions such as exercise, doctor
appointments, and domestic tasks are reframed with a visual
purity that is soothing and symmetrical and at times

reverberant with an ethereal stillness. The overall effect evokes
a contemplative silence in an extended moment of promise and
awareness—a quality difficult to achieve in the rapid pace of
modern life. Maria’s postmodern vision boldly articulates a
dialog that compels the viewer to respond to the mystery,
loneliness, and isolation of the human experience.
Nevertheless, deeply embedded within the aqueous pastels,
Maria’s compositions hold to a celebratory elegance that
transforms the viewer’s gaze into an enduring reverence for
life’s simple beauty.

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