Fine art, sculpture & photography in the heart of Kyiv since 1988


Mariko Gelman (Maria Diodirchuk).
Mariko was born in 1986 in Kiev. At the moment, she lives and works in Prague, Czech

Republic. Mariko is a painter, art manager, and psychoterapist. She is the author of one of the largest projects (Forbes Ukraine, 2014).


5 author's courses in graphics, painting, handwriting and art history, Czech Republic, 2017.

2 psychological courses for the victims of the accident at Fukushima, Japan, 2018.

Twice a finalist of the International IMAGO Fashion Illustrator Competition, Kiev (2012, 2016).

Works in private collections and museums in 20 countries of the world from Japan and China to Great Britain and Sweden.

The main hero of the documentary, "Maria and Fukushima," filmed by Japanese national television Kansai Terebi.

The only artist from Ukraine at the largest festival in contemporary art in Scandinavia, Aarhus Festuge, Denmark (2014).

The heroine of world media publications:

INSIDER, The Village, ARTUKRAINE, MITEC, Chernozem, Radio Liberty (Ukraine), Asahi shinbun (Japan), Deutsche Welle (Germany, Skanskan (Sweden), Newsgerrig (Denmark).

"I poured my entire knowledge of Japan into the "Fixation" series. It started during my work in Fukushima in January 2018. Working with national Japanese television channel Kansai Terebi, having short coffee break during my workshop in Kyoto, worrying for the main hero in Kabuki theatre and digging out my phone from the snows of a mountain Buddhist cemetery, I absorbed with every cell of my skin and every part of my soul the surrounding Japanese reality, so different in details, and so similar in common.

Different -- in capacity its for work, in leisure, in emotional contact, in barrier-free access to the theatre, in religion and in love.

And similar -- in queueing for the morning cup of coffee, in the same skirt with the best friend, in wish to be understood and accepted, in a tear on the cheek after frankness and in the longing for peace and confidence in tomorrow.

Painting series "Fixation" is my visual narrative about the attempt to pause reality on the invisible control panel and have a look on here and now."

Personal exhibitions:

2018: Fixation, Triptych: Global Arts Workshop, Kiev, Ukraine.
2018: Japan: a semitone, the Kiev National Museum of Decorative and Applied Art, Kiev.
2016: EXPOSURE, Gallery "Off Greed", Fukushima, Japan.
2016: EXPOSURE, Watari Museum of Contemporary Art (artist talk) Tokyo, Japan.
2015: 'Freedom Colors', Triptych: Global Arts Workshop, Kiev, Ukraine.
2014: Lviv Palace of Arts, Lviv, Ukraine.
2014: Aarhus festuge, Aarhus, Denmark.
2014: Mellemrummet, Copenhagen, Denmark.
2014: Staszów, the palace of Kurozvenka, Poland.
2014: "Freedom colors", Embassy of Ukraine in Italy, Rome, Italy.
2014: "Freedom colors", Malmo, Sweden.
2014: Riigikogu (Parliament), Tallinn, Estonia.
2014: "Freedom colors" / Ukrainian spring, Embassy of Ukraine in Finland, Helsinki, Finland.
2014: artist talk, Espoo, Finland.
2014: Installation "Ukrainian spring", Mystetsky Arsenal, Kiev, Ukraine.
2014: Performance "BombLove", Kyiv city administration, Kiev, Ukraine.
2013: Presentation of the author's collection of jewelry, dedicated to Joan Miro,

Group exhibitions:
2018: "Ukrainian Still Life", Karas Gallery, Institute for Contemporary Arts, Kiev, Ukraine.
2018: Biennial of Illustrators in Haifa, Israel.
2018: Tokyo International Mini-Print Triennial, Tama University, Tokyo, Japan.
2018: Installation of Transparency, Ukrainian-Japanese Cultural Center, Kiev, Ukraine.
2018: installation of Transparency, exhibition of contemporary art Naftalin, Museum of the History of Kiev, Kiev, Ukraine.
2018: Grafika Roku, Graphic Union of the Czech Republic, Klam-Gallas Palace, Prague, Czech Republic.
2017: Intervention with the Alternative Advertising project at Tate Modern, London.
2017: 6th Guanlan International Print Biennial, China.
2017: "Kiev landscape", Museum of the History of Kiev, Ukraine.
2016: "A4, Ballpoint", Karas Gallery Kiev, Ukraine.
2016: Event Horizon, Mystetsky Arsenal, Kiev, Ukraine.
2016: International Biennale of Fashion Illustration "IMAGO", gallery "XX? SPACE ";
2016: "The Kiev Landscape", Karas Gallery Kiev, Ukraine.
2015: "A4, Ballpoint", Karas Gallery Kiev, Ukraine.
2014: "United Ukraine", Cherkassy Museum of Art, Cherkasy, Ukraine.

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