About the Artist
Marianna Foster was born and educated in Ukraine, relocating to Phoenix, Arizona in 2012 with her husband and two little children.
In Ukraine she was classically trained, graduating from the prestigious National Institute of Fine Arts and Architecture in Kiev with a Master of Arts degree and was certified for design, graphics, and lecture. At the institute she had daily classes in painting, drawing, anatomy, and art history. Prior to the Institute, she studied for five years at the Children's Art School in Nikolaev, Ukraine. In addition to classes, Marianna studied painting and drawing privately with famous masters of Ukrainian and Russian art. Marianna's talent for art was first noticed at age 6 by her father, when he saw her hand-copied pictures taken from books and bubble gum wrappers. This casual demonstration of aptitude set her on a lifetime course of study and personal development of her vision.
During her early professional life, Marianna took a short detour into art direction, design, and photography. In that capacity she applied her artistic eye for commercial applications, winning awards and recognition for her concepts and photos. Although Marianna excelled in that work, she now focuses on bringing out her own vision in paintings and drawings.
My inspiration centers on figures: people and animals. During my six years studying at the Institute, we started each morning with drawing and painting live models. Young and old, men or women, each had not only different body, face, clothes, and accessories, but also different stories of their life. For me it was interesting to study how these things connected together. Primarily I use classical techniques to represent the modern world in my paintings. Sometimes this is from something seen, a conversation, something I've read, or even Internet discussions. Light and colors can create a new story from the original inspiration. My goal is not to convince viewers to take only my point of view. I hope viewers can find in my paintings something to relate to themselves. The ideas are everywhere and as soon as they touch me I'm ready to express them on canvas.
United States, Japan, Panama, Poland, Greece, Czech Republic and Ukraine.
My very own star
Oil on canvas
"My Very Own Star" selected as a Finalist in the 14th International Art Renewal Center Salon Competition! 2019
"My Very Own Star" were chosen to participate in this year’s Winter Salon Online Exhibition, International Guild of Realism. 2019
God of Wealth
Oil on Canvas
The idea behind this oil painting is about modern Gods or how Gods like those of the Ancient Greece or Egypt would look today. I don’t think the idea of the Gods that people had in previous centuries disappeared; they just transformed into another form. Today’s celebrities represents nearly the same meaning for people as did Gods from the past. People look forward to seeing them, to meeting them, and many people ask them for help. People even believe that if they had something that belongs to Modern Gods it would make them happy, healthy, or rich.
So it is in this oil painting Plutus(God of Wealth). Ploutos was usually depicted as a boy holding a cornucopia full of grain because this symbol was impressive and desired. Now such a thing not as impressive and some people might not know what a cornucopia is. But everyone knows and wants the dollar symbol.
Wild horses seen near Saguaro Lake in Arizona.