Maria Tsaguriya
Brooklyn, New York

Maria Tsaguriya finds inspiration in everything from nature to interactions between people to seemingly mundane details. “I like to have my work really evoke emotions and thoughts through the use of color,” she explains. Some of her favorite artists include Dennis Hopper and Philip Guston. She currently lives in New York, but was born in the Republic of Georgia. Fun fact: when she’s not making art, she works as a hairstylist and enjoys cycling and yoga.

Artist and Customer Comments

Maria Tsaguriya 11/2/2013 | 11:58 PM

Hi M Secrest! Sorry I didn't write you back sooner. I appreciate the support! I love making works that are soft on the eye but have underlying darkness about them. Glad you noticed. The piece you are mentioning is one of my favorites also.

M Secrest 6/5/2013 | 1:05 PM

Hi Maria, I am so moved by your painting — to the point of stunned staring — and wanted to let you know. Some of it is evocative and disturbing, which is rare, and which I love. Also, I absolutely love your painting I call in my head "Screens", which you have up on your blog and which depicts a roomful of children being lulled into some kind of danger and/or stupor by t.v.'s dentata. Thank you! Melissa

Maria Tsaguriya 1/30/2013 | 5:17 PM

Hello George, Thank you so much for the compliment! I've been working on art since I was very little and really enjoy working with pastels. The piece you are referring to is really vibrant in color. The sky is a mixture of pinks, fuchsia, magenta and a touch of blue and yellow. There is a lot of yellows and orange tones in the building, the windows are a gradation between yellow and marigold, with some touches of magenta. THere are also some vibrant lime hues in the trees. I used ultra soft pastels for this piece. Pastels are one of the oldest mediums in art, it is pure pigment powder bonded together. I enjoy the richness of the color. Best, Maria

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G Fernandez 1/29/2013 | 6:16 PM

Maria, youre work is amazing, I am thinking of purchasing "Autumn Estate." It reminds me of myh favorite Artist Chuck Conelly, what kind paint is used and can you describe the overall colors in this beautiful painting? Thanks, George (Fellow NY'er)

Maria Tsaguriya 1/5/2012 | 1:06 AM

Dear M Lamm, Thank you so much for your purchase and it's makes me very happy to hear that your wife enjoys the piece as well. I hope it brings you joy for many years to come. Best, Maria

M Lamm 12/28/2011 | 9:41 AM

I just purchased 'Sky Dancers' for my wife - she loves it... the strength of the ballerinas expressed in the painting is just amazing... thanks so much!

Maria Tsaguriya 9/27/2011 | 1:25 PM

I've lately been thinking about my love for painting with pastels. The history of pastels goes further back then even oil painting. It was the use of pure pigments that were used to create oil paints and quality pastels are regarded as having the greatest longevity of all the mediums. Some people maybe worried about the fragility of pastels but if framed and encased behind glass pastels can outlive even oil paintings. The beauty of pastel paintings is in their vibrant hues, the rich texture on paper and the remarkable blending capabilities. I love working with pastels and I hope this blog could shed some light on an traditional practice that to this day is a high fine art. Hope you enjoy pastel art as much as me. Thank you for supporting my art.

Ugallery 7/10/2009 | 7:40 PM

See Maria's work in our recent exhibition, "We Are Women," on the Ugallery blog! Here is the link:

S Gagra 5/5/2008 | 9:55 AM

My poor English does not make it possible to express that the fact that I feel. This is excellent

Maria Tsaguriya 2/22/2008 | 12:52 PM

To moki, Thank you for the comment, I was really touched by it because yes that piece was deeply personal so I was very pleased to know that I was able to effect others by my message which I feel though is different for each person. This is why I make art, not only for myself but to connect with others and express feeling through my work that others can relate too.

Moki 2/20/2008 | 10:28 PM

While perusing this website, Damaged literally knocked the breath out of me. This piece is so powerful! It took me back to my moment and I just cried.

Mezzomama 2/14/2008 | 3:35 PM

Maria, thank you so much for putting a perspective on that piece. It's even better now that I know! I've been corresponding with some of the folks at, and wanted to share some of what I wrote: I just got my MM in Vocal Performance. It was hard enough being a student, let alone a poorly compensated artist. Not too long ago, I was really discouraged about the compensation I was getting for one of my regular singing gigs, and the lack of lucrative opprotunities within my field. Eventually, I found my current marketing job, and am so surprised at all the encouragement I'm receiving. Young artists deserve the opportunity to be encouraged and earn their living without being slighted, so I was VERY happy to purchase from Heck, if I wasn't a recovering broke artist myself, I would have bought more! Stay encouraged. Your work is GREAT! Beena

Maria Tsaguriya 2/14/2008 | 12:22 AM

Hello Mezzomama, First off, thank you very much for purchasing my work. It means a lot to me to know there are people who care about student artist and are supporting them. The work that you bought was part of a series of drawing I did in the fall. The piece was really inspired by my walking around and seeing leaves on the pavement in NYC and thinking how they really are such beautiful organic shapes passed by daily by new yorkers who don't take a closer look at the colors, and the interesting form. I wanted to express that in a drawing, by in including bright color and juxtaposing the blues with the oranges which are push and pull colors since they are complementary. In the work I not only focused on color, but wanted to see beyond the shape of the leaf as a simple form, but to abstract it in some ways and discover more forms beyond just the descriptive leaf. I deal with a lot of formalist concepts but also the piece has emotional undertones such as passion and excitement of express

Mezzomama 2/12/2008 | 3:05 PM

Hi! I just bought "Blues" as a gift for my husband. Can I pick your brain about it? I'd love to learn more.

A Cone 3/1/2007 | 7:44 PM

Your work is incredible. Very rich detail in your paintings.

L Belle 1/5/2007 | 1:29 AM

I bought "Shifting" from you. It is absolutely wonderful! It was beautiful on the site and even more spectacular when I received it. I love your artwork. I am checking your portfolio for new work all of the time. Thank you!

thejames 12/11/2006 | 7:59 AM

you're work blows me away, if i could afford to buy every piece, i would. signed, your number one fan


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During my tour of New Zealand, the bus stopped in one of the most beautiful towns with a national park that had unfound beauty. The tide was retreating and, while sitting to paint the piece, I saw the minute changes. I paint quickly to be able to capture the light and scene in a moment. "Tide" was created using soft pastel on black paper. This piece is on heavyweight paper and will need a frame for display.


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