The Artist Maria Rabinky was born in St. Petersburg, the “cultural hub” of Russia. As a youth, she studied classical art and obtained a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) – dual master’s degree in both architecture and fine arts at the prestigious St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts (Imperial Academy of Arts). After the Academy, she honed her skills as an architect, museum set designer and commercial illustrator.
Trained as a classical artist and architect, when Maria move to the US, she continued to work in watercolors, oils, pencil, and ink, with an emphasis on architecture, still life, urban and country landscapes.
As an early adapter to emerging digital technologies, Maria has the rare mixture of a strong talent in physical art as well as the electronic arts. As a mixed-media artist, she frequently merges both art forms to achieve the warmth of hand creations combined with the utility and flexibility of layers and PDFs needed for production and proofing.
Based in Richmond, VA, Maria is a member of the Graphic Artist Guild and the Illustrators Club of VA & MD, and the American Society of Architectural Illustrators. Her art has been recognized nationally and internationally.
Professional Illustrator Maria Rabinky is the founder, owner, and principal of the art studio Rabinky Art, LLC, located in Richmond, VA.
Her client portfolio is as wide-ranging as her talents: UCLA, Discovery Maps International, Library of Congress, The Isaac Walton League, dozens of real estate developers, contract illustrator for architects and event designers, Garmany Magazine, Ravensburger, Nissan, World Wrestling Entertainment, University of Richmond, to name just a few. Most recently, Maria’s colorful and very detailed illustrations and illustrated maps are trendy in the puzzles market.
It was probably no accident that I became an artist and professional illustrator. I was growing up regularly visiting art museums and always drawing and painting on my own.
I studied both architecture and art and lived in one of the most art-oriented, beautiful cities in the world: ancient St. Petersburg.
Working as an architect, a museum designer and commercial illustrator I worked as a creative painter, mostly in watercolors. Watercolors have always fascinated me.
They allow creating expansive moods by choosing different density depending on what I want to express. In still life and landscape, I love to use dense and rich watercolors, sometimes approaching oils in their richness.
My ability to meet my client’s expectations of artistic creativity, quality, and deliverability – with a minimum of handholding and supervision is frequently mentioned as an important reason why my illustration art portfolio contains predominantly repeat clients.
As a commercial illustrator, I recognize that my clients have deadlines, and they need to rely on an artist who can meet deadlines faithfully, yet not sacrifice artistic creativity. Each project is special and unique. I enjoy the opportunity and challenge of helping my clients communicate a message through an artistic medium that achieves their desired results.