Maria Svarbova started taking photos just 4 years ago. Even though art has been a significant part of her life and a channel to express her innermost feelings since her childhood – she never actually set out to become an internationally acclaimed photographer. She actually chose to study archaeology from her home country, Slovakia. She has since been championed by the likes of Vogue and the Guardian as well as taking on a commercial project for Taipei 101, (arguably Taiwan’s most significant landmark).
She developed her distinctive “Royal Tenenbaums” style early on in her career, departing from traditional portraits to experiment with space, colour and atmosphere. Maria’s passion for architecture and public space tend to nod to the socialist era, which blatantly bleeds into her art direction creating rare and unique scenarios. We all know that a photograph lacking a narrative rarely holds the viewers’ attention; Maria’s work has quite the opposite effect, dramatically taking the viewer to a rather eerie place where human bodies are merely still props deficient of individuality or emotion.
The silent tension is uncanny and compels one to wonder what drama ripples under the clean, detached surface despite the soft and soothing pastel colour-palette she implements. Her collection stops time – she somehow addresses loneliness whilst celebrating a calm and tranquil beauty.
Discover more of her work at mariasvarbova.com