Maria Kazakova is a representative of the young generation of Bulgarian artists. Born and raised in Varna, Bulgaria where she followed her secondary education in fine arts. She continued her art studies, graduating with honors from the art academy in Genova, Italy. For about 15 years she has been living and working between the two countries and nowadays she is based in Varna, where she works in the field of performance and mixed media. The main techniques used in her works are photography, painting and 3D elements. In her creative explorations she is searching for the metaphysical and the esoteric, taking the viewer into the uncharted territory of the surreal. It is an approach, which makes her work unique and intriguing for both the broad public and the art critics.