Marina Stavitskaya was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. As a child and young girl, she was magnetized by music and movement. This brought her to the world of classical ballet. Marina graduated from the Kirov Vaganova Ballet School and later taught at the Vaganova School. She danced with the Kirov and Mikhailovsky Ballet Companies.
In 1976 Marina immigrated to the United States and settled in New York City. During her career as a ballet teacher and choreographer, she worked with Rudolph Nureyev, Natalia Makarova and Mikhail Baryshnikov and other well known dancers and choreographers.
Marina’s fascination with dance, movement, music and theater led her to the world of visual art. Influenced by great masters such Dali and Picasso, she developed her painting technique. Her images live in a fantastic, fairy tale world and they are full of musicality, colorful movement and theatrical elements. The graceful characters stand out by means of texture and abstraction.
Marina’s paintings have been exhibited in private collections and several galleries in the United States including the Lincoln Center “Cork Gallery” for the Performing Arts, the Museum of Russian Contemporary Art in New Jersey, as well as certain galleries abroad.
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