Maria Pavlovska was born in Skopje, Macedonia (Former Yugoslavia) in 1975. BA (1999) and MA of Fine Arts (2001) she receved at the Faculty of Fine Art at the Cyril and Methodius University, PhD – Cultural Studies (2016) she earn at the Institute for Social and Humanities Research at the Euro Balkan University in Skopje, Macedonia ( Accreditation of East-West University). Her work has been featured around the globe in over 28 solo shows and more than 100 group international exhibitions including Art Basel Miami - USA, Citibank (New York, USA), MANA Contemporary Art Center and Drawing Rooms – NY, USA, The Kunsthalle-Vienna and Kunsthalle-Krems (Austria), Gallery Lang (Vienna, Austria), Cite Internationale des Arts, Les Docks, Institute de la Mode (Paris, France), Museum of Contemporary Art, The National Gallery, Museum of the City - Skopje (Macedonia), City House in Nurnberg (Germany), Station Gallery, Gallery MC, The Open Space Gallery, FLA Gallery (Connecticut, USA), Viota Gallery (San Juan - Puerto Rico), Prima Center (Berlin, Germany),. Her work is held in vivid private and public collections worldwide, including embassies, museums, galleries and libraries.
Her artistic journey started at an early age. She took up residencies in Paris, Slovenia, Vienna and Nuremberg (Germany). After her first solo in New York in 2007, she has lived between Skopje and New York and continued to be active in the New York art scene. Her artwork has been featured in many magazines, newspaper articles, and museum and gallery catalogs world-wide. She was runner-up for the Venice Biennale in 2015 & 2017. Her project “A Reaction” was nominated to represent Macedonian Pavilion for that year. Maria participated in Art Basel Miami in 2014, represented by MANA, was awarded Citibank Artist of the Year - an Annual Solo Show at the 60th St/5th Ave. branch in NYC in 2011, also received Carole A. Feuerman Sculpture Foundation, NYC award for painting at the “Mixing Media” international show hosted by Carole A. Feuerman Sculpture Foundation in 2015 and has been awarded 14 Arts grants throughout her career. Her studio residence has been at MANA Contemporary, a leading Contemporary Art Center in the New York City area since 2012.
Hailing from a family of creative artists - her father is an esteemed painter internationally, (National Order of Merit Award for the Arts 2011, National Artist of Macedonia), her older sister is a leading Musicologist and her younger sister is an international classical Pianist - it is apparent that her artistic energy is ingrained within the very fabric of her being. Although part of a distinguished cultural family legacy, Maria has achieved significant recognition in her own right.
Critics have described her work as having "a strong personality" which "translates her topics of choice into pictorial language that demonstrates a quietly powerful eloquence". She has received praise from critics worldwide for her drawings and paintings with work that reflects painting as a battlefield, where light and darkness fight and the result is unpredictable. One sees the lightning bolts of ideas at work, as they are being worked out. This sort of simultaneous image "process / result " dialectic lies frozen in space, stimulating the viewer to actively participate in the image creation themselves by way of investigation, inviting myriad readings within a given theme.
PHD in Cultural Studies
University Euro Balkan, Skopje, Macedonia , 2016
MFA of Fine Arts in Painting
University Of St Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Macedonia , 2001
BA in Fine Art in Painting
University of St. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Macedonia, 1999
2018 - Carole Feuerman Foundation NY, Group Show, 10 International selected woman artist, Mana Contemporary NY
- Art Basel Miami – Represented by MANA Contemporary
- Garry Lichtenstein Prints Editions NY - Solo Show
- Ayala Museum, Manila, Philippines – Solo Show
One women shows / Solo Projects
1999 - Skopje, Macedonia, impressions, Gallery Stobi
2000 - Ohrid, Macedonia, House of Culture "Gligor Prlicev" Ohrid Summer Festival
- Struga, Macedonia, Public Museum "Vangel Kodzoman"
- Skopje, Macedonia, Museum of Contemporary Art/the youngest author who exhibited there
2001 - Skopje, Macedonia, “Black and White stories”, Gallery of DLUM/Skopje Summer Festival/the
youngest author who exhibited there
- Skopje, Macedonia, “White of Mine”, Musum of the City Of Skopje, exhibition of paintings, M.F.A. at the faculty of Fine Arts in Skopje /the youngest Master of the Academy of Art
2002 - Vienna, Austria, project - VIENNA; Lang Gallery.
2003 - Vienna, Austria, solo-exhibition with a map- promotion ”My silence”, Lang Gallery
2004 - Skopje, Macedonia-solo-exhibition with a map-promotion ”My silence”, Museum of Contemporary Art
2005 - Skopje, Macedonia, British Council – art project space / opening of the new gallery space with my
- Skopje, Macedonia, “Schwarzeberge”-Promotion of book, Skopje Book Fair’s Johan Buder- Maria
- Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro, “Gallery 73” , “Silence”
2006 - Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Gallery “IPC”, “Light – trembling (vibration)”, XXII International
Festival Sarajevo “ Sarajevo, winter 2006 ”
- Paris, France, ,,Parisian stories,, , Cite International des Arts
2007 - Skopje, Macedonia, “Parisian stories” , France Cultural Center
- Nurnberg, Germany, “Black – White”, City Gallery at City House, jubilee 25th year of citizenship Skopje - Nurnberg
- New York City, USA, ”Silence”, at Gallery MC, New York
2009 - Sofia, Bulgaria, “Trembling”, Gallery KIC
2010 - New York, USA, Black & White , Boricua College, Graham Campus
- - Berlin, Germany, “Doppler”, Prima Center Gallery
2011 - New York, USA, “Reverberation”, Boricua College, Northside Campus
- New York, USA, “Evoke”, Citibank, 5th Avenue 60th street Branch
2014 - New York , USA, Drawing Room Gallery/ May
- Connecticut USA, “Doppeler 2”, FLA Gallery / Juny-July
2015 – Washington DC, USA, “ Doppler” , Embassy of the Republic of Makedonija , Washington DC/ March-April
Cooperation with other countries / Artist in Residence program
2002 - Vienna, Austria – Kunst-halle, Krems, three months session in collaboration between
Ministry of Culture of Republic of Macedonia and Ministry of Culture of Austria.
- Vienna, Austria – Kunst-halle, Krems, two months session, invited by Ministry of Culture of the
Austria, UNESCO/Aschberg Program, September-November
2003 - Vienna, Austria, Art and Residence, three months session, invited by Ministry of Culture of the
Austria, UNESCO/Aschberg Program, Printing and promotion of Map-Book October 2003-
2006 - France, Paris, two months session, artists atelier, cooperation between Ministry of Culture of the Republic
of Macedonia and Ministry of Culture of France, Cite International des Arts, July - August
2007 - USA, New York City, one month artist in residence at Gallery MC, with cooperation with the Ministry of
Culture of the Republic of Macedonia in the month of May
2010 - Germany, Berlin, one month artist in residence at the Prima Centre in Berlin, with cooperation of the
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia in the month of November
2012 - NY,USA, Residence-Studio @ Mana Contemporary Art Center, 2012 - present
2014 - France, Paris, two months session, artists atelier, cooperation between Ministry of Culture of the Republic
of Macedonia and Ministry of Culture of France, Cite International des Arts, January – February