Maria was born in Moscow. She graduated from the College of decorative-applied art n.a. Carl Faberge, the School of Contemporary Art "Free Workshops" of MMOMA. Maria completed a course at the "Objective Reality" educational program. Currently, Maria works on personal projects and collaborate with "Takie Dela." Her works are part of the Moscow Multimedia Art Museum and Museum of Moscow collections. Maria's works were published in The Calvert, BBC, Guardian, The Times and others.
"A year ago we adopted our son Armen".
"When I learned about his diagnosis, I decided I couldnt take that kind of child".
"Then Grisha went to meet Armen, too, and all became clear".
"When I first saw Armen, he was being carried after taking a bath. He was wrapped in a towel and wearing a little kerchief on his head. I couldnt tell from the photographs that he was so tiny. And then it hit me, I realized I was hooked. I felt so afraid but my sister Anya was jumping with joy: Dont you see it? He is our child!"
The most important thing about children with severe disabilities is to carefully research everything and find out what kind of medical specialists will be needed and what needs to be done. Currently, many Western treatments are becoming available in Russia. Thanks to rehabilitation programs and regular exercise, Armen can already walk holding someone's hand.
"Zhenya plays a lot of make believe with Armen and they listen to records together. At first, Armen couldn't remember her name, so he called her simply "my girl".
It is called Spina Bifida a hernia of the spinal cord, as a result of prenatal developmental problems.
"Armen is very capable of developing love and attachment. He is tender, smart and jovial. No diagnosis can interfere with that".
"We told our kids beforehand that we were going to adopt a boy, so they were eagerly anticipating him".
The Dima Yakovlev foreign adoption ban has stripped many orphans of their hope to ever find a family. So Armen could have spent his entire life in a state psychiatric nursing home.