Maria Lebedeva was born in Moscow, Russia in 1986, arriving in South Africa at the age of 6. She studied Information Design at the University of Pretoria, thereafter completing a Masters degree specialising in illustration at the University of Stellenbosch. As a freelance artist, Maria enjoys working with visual storytelling in illustrated books, as well as experimenting with illustration within a gallery context. She has participated in a variety of local exhibitions, both in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Maria is currently living and working in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Selected Exhibitions: 2016 – Oracle, group exhibition at Salon91 2014 – Golden Haze group show at Salon91; Home is Wherever I’m With You, group exhibition at Salon91 2013 – Aurora, a group show at Salon91 2012 – I’d Rather Be Swimming a end of year group exhibition at Salon91.