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Maria Stroka​​ is a Fine Artist working across mediums concentrating on landscape as metaphor to the internal experience. Her visual alchemy brings light into form through highly cognitive operations of observation, self-reflection and applied reconstruction using paint, acid, digital technology, or a combination thereof.
 
Her conceptual approach rests in the idea that the procedure - the act of assembling, scraping, etching, juxtaposing - is as integral to the final image itself in order to create the emotional reflection imbued by the chosen subject.

The visual language used is influenced heavily by the structuralist concept of binary oppositions - light and shadow, seductive with repulsive, time within the still image. Contradictions juxtaposed to create meaning. Likewise, the 'horizon line' exists to signify the boundaries of experience and limits of the universe 'known' to an individual.

Maria graduated from London's prestigious 'Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design' with a Bachelors Degree and later from 'Royal College of Art' with a Masters Degree in Fine Art. 

For over a decade she has also been involved in the feature film business while continuing with her photographic work. 

She is currently living and working in Venice, California.


"Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist, and this inner life will result in his personal vision of the world.​​​​​​"​​​​​
Edward Hopper