Mariana Klymchuk, aka Mariana K, is a mixed media visual artist from Ukraine who now lives in Cumbria. Working primarily in photography and painting, she remixes and reimagines reality to create exciting and unique perspectives on the world.
We love the fresh and original take on her moody and deeply atmospheric work, which she sells as prints and is about to exhibit in art exhibitions across the UK. And this achievement is all the more impressive as she studied not art but international law and English at university.
Instead, Mariana developed her artistic skills by practicing in her free time, outside of her day job as a freelance translator and interpreter.
After graduating, she took several non-academic courses in photography and art to improve her skills, and over time began taking photography and illustration commissions. In February 2021, she launched a printing press with her landscape works.
Since then, she has had several collaborations with different creators from Canada and the United States, the results of which can be seen on her social networks, some of which are available for purchase.
Following the war in Ukraine, in April 2022 Mariana moved to Cumbria, UK and today works on personal and commercial projects as an illustrator, art director, visual artist and photographer focused on travel, lifestyle and architecture.
“The last two years have been a bit of a whirlwind,” she tells us. “What started as a way to capture things my way has turned into a business selling prints, and now I’m gearing up to show my work and several art exhibitions in the UK this summer. It’s funny how things go.”
So how did she find her style? “The thing is, I didn’t look for it,” she says. “It was just a story of trial and error. I don’t believe in ‘styles.’ same vein, you stagnate, you get bored and you rot.”
So his advice to others is, “Don’t find your style. Try things and ideas. That’s where the life is.”
As for what motivates her personally: “I am easily inspired by anything! A good book, a good hike, a day in nature, photography, the sky, the colors. But none of that really matters I just can’t I feel the urge I go with it I invent things I create I feel satisfied for a while Then the urge comes back