Maria Chevska is foremost a painter but she also works through sculpture, drawing, and installation. Her practice is regularly informed by poetry, and writers who infuse different bodies of her work. She deploys ideas through the combination of often unlike materials, and her paintings specifically engage with and inhabit architectural spaces where they are exhibited. Chevska’s practice explores and expands upon the boundaries of painting, while also remaining highly attuned to the histories and physical attributes of paint as medium. She attended Byam Shaw School of Art (now University of the Arts London), and was Professor of Fine Art at Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford (1991 – 2016). She was a Professor on the Faculty of Fine Arts for the British School at Rome between 2013 and 2018.
Recent solo exhibitions of her work include Guests from the Future (with Simon Morley), Galerie8, London (2011), From the Diary of a Fly (in dialogue, Philip Akkerman), Mummery+Schelle, London (2013) and Dubious to Reason, Vane, Newcastle (2014). Her major solo touring exhibition Vera’s Room, toured to Maison de la Culture, Amiens, France (2002), Kunstpunkt, Berlin, Germany (2003) and Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, USA (2005). The monograph ‘Vera’s Room, The Art of Maria Chevska’ was published by Black Dog in 2005. Recent group exhibitions include Abstract Apartment, Deborah House, London (2015), It is one thing to sing the beloved, Dada da academy at Parallel, Vienna, Austria (2016), the horizontal within, the horizontal without, Lubomirov-Hughes Gallery, London (2017) and Art and the Word, Helsinki Contemporary, Helsinki, Finland (2017).
Chevska has received awards from Arts Council Great Britain (1977), Greater London Arts Association (1984), Gulbenkian Foundation (1982), the Austin Abbey Award, British School, Rome (1994), Arts Council England (2004), British Council (2002-2005), and DACS ART360 (2017).
Her work is represented in many public, private and corporate collections including Arts Council England Collection; British Council Collection; Brasenose College, University of Oxford; New Hall College Cambridge; DACS; Bolton City, Oldham Art Galleries and the Hepworth Wakefield Collection.