Maria Rivans, known also as ‘The Queen of Collage’, is a contemporary British artist, known for her mash-up of surrealism meets pop-art aesthetic. Her artwork intertwines fragments of vintage ephemera to create dreamy realms, which transport the viewer into fantastical worlds of the imaginary, each one suffused with vivid colour, arresting imagery, intricate detail, and finished with a dusting of subtle humour.
Combining different film and TV genres—from vintage Hollywood, to 1970s sci-fi, B-movies and TV trash—Maria’s work is in a constant dialogue with cultures of the past, reinventing existing film plots and narratives, while spinning bizarre and dreamlike tales. Her use of collage reflects the complex and fragmented world from which the art arises, but an attention to beauty and to harmony of composition gestures optimistically towards the social capacity to piece it back together again.
Maria works from her studio in Brighton: a kooky building, purpose built as a small cinema in 1911. She exhibits work throughout the UK as well as internationally, including Hong Kong, New York and across Europe. Notable solo shows include the Saatchi Gallery, London, and Galerie Bhak, Seoul. Her pin-up portrait ‘Lady Valentina’ was used as the campaign image for both the London and Milan Affordable Art Fairs; ‘Carina’, was the face of the Scoop International Fashion Show at Saatchi in 2015; and ‘Scarlett’ heads the Nordea Private Banking campaign for the Stockholm Affordable Art Fair. In 2015 Maria was invited to show at Christies, London, for their ‘Out of the Ordinary’ sale and in 2018, her Film Still ‘Understanding Nothing’ was selected for the Royal Academy’s 250th Summer Exhibition. MARIA RIVANS WEBSITE