Maria Antoniv was born in Ukraine. She graduated from both the VyzhnytciaCollege of Applied Art, and the Carpathian National University specializing in visual arts teaching. Further certification in Toronto at the International Academy of Design and Technology expanded her artistic career to include animation, and land design work on celebrated films such as “Gladiator” and “Babe: Pig in the City.”
Maria has exhibited her art works in Europe, Canada and the USA, and has been featured in numerous art publications. She is an active member of the Ukrainian Association of Visual Artists of Canada, The Women’s Art Association of Canada, as well as a member of the Associates of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolours.
Flowers, like a lover’s wistful glance or a laborer’s slumping shoulders, speak to us in weary tints or brilliant spectrum, with languid drape or ramrod line, by curling onto themselves like a napping kitten or shrieking through a flowerbed like a wild boar. I try to paint not just nuance and impression, but capture a blossom’s inner spirit. To express how it insinuates my senses and manipulates me. What it says secretly to me, and to those who want to hear. Just like us, flowers live through good times and bad. And just like us, they must finally yield. Through my paintings I strive to preserve the essence, the unheard, the invisible.