Mari’na was born in 1970 in Tambov, in rural Russia. She began playing piano at a very early age and was accepted in a special school for musically gifted children at age seven.
In 1990 she enrolled into the art and graphic department of the State University in Kostroma. She graduated with honors in 1996 and for several years worked as both designer and fine artist.
In 1990 Mari’na began taking part in art shows across the country. The Kostroma Chapter of the Union of Artists of Russia took her paintings on tour and she exhibited in St Petersburg and Moscow. In 1997 she received Grand Price at the Kostroma Regional Fine Art Show, and in 2000 she received 1st price at the National Juried Show of Portrait Art.
In 2001 and 2005 Mari’na was selected to represent her region on the All-Russia fine art show “Best Young Talent” in the Central Palace of Art in Moscow, Russia.
In 2009 Mari’na took part in an exhibition “Artists of Russia to Watch” and was elected “The Artist to Watch” of 2009. Her “Nude” was made the face of the new “Portal Nu” of the Russian art on Internet and acquired by the Fine Art Museum of her native city Kostroma.
As a result of this success in 2010 she was approached by representatives of Christie’s Auctions of London. Her work now successfully sold on Christie’s and in St. Petersburg’s galleries. She and her family moved to St Petersburg, Russia and reside there now.
Mari’na is married to a fellow artist Aydemir Saidov, and has an 18-year-old daughter.
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