Stretched Canvas

Modern Lines

Contemporary White

Classical Baroque

Unframed print

Maria Rapetskaya (RiaSkaya), New York City
Member Since January 2009
Artist Statement



My photos are directly inspired by my passion for travel and the metaphysical nuances of life.

In discovering parallels across vast distances, I endeavor to create mementos of a unified human experience. My observations illustrate the similarities between places, people and time, as reminders of the totality of the human race, a planet free of political or cultural boundaries.

I explore the surreal potential of the locations or document the unexpected. I do not stage or direct, aiming at a real moment inspired by the surroundings, or a person's reaction and interaction with their immediate environment. The experience of being "elsewhere" forces my mind to retreat, and for my eyes to give their undivided attention to each instance of time, reminding me of the preciousness of every second, any of which may lead me to the image I am meant to find.

In photographing details, I focus on the fragments of life often overlooked, minutiae of aesthetic, philosophical or cultural value passed by. I look to presenting the viewer with a painting, a work of art created by the flow of life and time, which I saw and documented.



I was born in the former city of Leningrad, in the former country of USSR. I intended to be a fashion designer, studied film and animation, but along the way discovered I had a knack for digital design. I worked my way into the motion graphics and design industry, where I remain professionally to this day. In 2005, my partner and I founded balance gfx, a boutique firm dedicated to all things creative and we have been running it since.

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My off-hours artistic endeavors depend on season, time of day or my mood - from figure drawing to painting murals around NYC. However, over the last few years photography taken center stage as my primary creative outlet, one which allows me to develop a creative voice in a way which feels very true to my life right now.

I currently live and work in New York City. Although I love it,
I always dream of living somewhere and everywhere else.


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Product No 1760624
Subjects Abstract, Color, Floral & Still Life, Geometric, Gestural, Landscape, Organic
Style Abstract
Tags Maria, Rapetskaya (RiaSkaya), abstract, black, branches, color, glass, gray, green, leaves, light, lines, natural, nature, organic, shapes, subdued, surreal, swirls, tree, trees, twists, unsaturated, white