Mariana Smith grew up in Russia, received a BFA in fine art and miniature painting from Moscow College of Applied and Industrial Arts. She moved to the USA in 1992. In 2002 she received a BFA form Columbus College of Art and Design and 2004 MFA from Cornell University.
Her works bring together painting, printmaking, drawing, and video installation in order to initiate a dialogue about locality, time and memory.
Engaging the traditions and the miniature scale of the late renaissance painting, large works on paper, and video projections she references the structures of renaissance landscape and cinematic space. Marianas work has been exhibited in USA, Russia, China, and Ireland.