Maria Antoniv is a Professional Artist who has exhibited her Art Works in Europe as well as in Canada and USA. She has been recognized for her unique vision and sentimental eye to flora world that combines various traditionally distinct visual art media.
Maria was born in the City of Buchacht Ternopil region. She graduated as a visual arts teacher, from Vyzhnytcya College of Applied Art in the Chernivtsi region, followed by Carpathian National University, City of Ivano-Frankivsk (Western Ukraine).
Although Maria took pride in her teaching successes, her heart always belonged to the art of outdoor painting.
In 1996 Maria graduated from the International Academy of Design and Technology in Toronto and pursued an animation career. Having worked on films such as “Gladiator” and “Babe: Pig in the City”, she decided to devote more time to her passion for painting.
Mania’s love of the outdoors naturally propelled her to painting flora. She found that capturing true color, value, atmosphere and the mood of a subject was best done on location or through direct observation. She has also discovered the importance of her studio time in union with her outdoor experiences and enjoys the challenges of both. Her love for painting has broadened her subject matter to include not only still life and nature landscapes, but also figurative and portrait works. Maria has been featured in numerous art publications, is an active member of 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.