Maria Svarbova

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Maria Svarbova
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Born (1988-05-06) May 6, 1988 (age 35)
Zlate Moravce, Slovakia
EducationSchool of Applied Arts Josefa Vydru (Restoration), Constantine the Philosopher University (Archeology)
OccupationFine-art photographer, Art Director
StyleConceptual photography
AwardsForbes 30 Under 30

Maria Svarbova (born in 1988) is a Slovak fine-art photographer.[3] Svarbova's most recognized collection is In the Swimming Pool.[4]


Svarbova was born in 1988[5] in Zlaté Moravce, Slovakia[3] and she currently lives in Bratislava, Slovakia. She attended Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra[6] and the School of Applied Arts Josefa Vydru in Bratislava. Despite studying restoration and archeology, her preferred artistic medium is photography. Svarbova's artworks has appeared in magazines such as Vogue, Forbes, CNN and The Guardian. She has been commissioned to photograph advertising campaigns for large international companies such as Apple[7], Murata[8] and Museum of Ice Cream[9]. Svarbova has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions in galleries and museums around the world most notably.


Maria Svarbova works depict History of Czechoslovakia (1948–1989)|socialist-era architecture, public spaces and routine actions of daily life. She experiments with colours, space and symmetry of composition.[3] Svarbova finds vast inspiration in modern architecture and design. She prefers brutalist architecture and functionalism.[4] Models in Svarbova's photographies usually lose their personality and identity, individuals appear to be the same.[10]


  • Maria Svarbova: Swimming Pool. New Heroes and Pioneers, 2017. ISBN 978-91-87815-157[4]
  • Maria Svarbova: Futuro Retro. New Heroes and Pioneers, 2019. ISBN 978-91-87815-584[11]


Selected solo and group exhibitions.


  • 212 Photography Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey, International Photography Festival[12]
  • Ketchum, Idaho, United States|USA, Solo gallery exhibition[13]
  • Kyotographie, Art Angle Gallery, Kyoto, Japan, International Photography Festival[14]
  • ART Wynwood, Contessa Gallery, Miami,USA, Art Fair[15]


  • Lotte Gallery Jamsil, South Korea, Solo gallery exhibition[16][17]
  • Contessa Gallery, Worth Avenue, Palm Beach,USA, Solo gallery exhibition[18]
  • Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Minnesota, USA, Solo museum exhibition[19]
  • Art Madrid Fair, Gallery BAT, Madrid, Spain, ART Fair[20]
  • ART MIAMI, Contessa Gallery, Miami, USA, Art Fair[21]


  • Asia Premiere Expo, Art Angle Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan, Solo exhibition of whole work[22]
  • Weather, Daelim Museum, Seoul, South Korea, Group museum exhibition[23]
  • Art Fair Tokyo, Momentum Fine Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, Art Fair
  • Delpozo, Madrid, Spain, Solo exhibition[24]


  • Leica Gallery, Rome, Italy, Solo gallery exhibition[25]
  • Leica Gallery, Miami, USA, Solo gallery exhibition[26]
  • Fotomatón, Orihuela, Spain, International Photography Festival, Solo museum exhibition[27]


  • Plenum Gallery, Catania, Sicily, Italy, Solo gallery exhibition[28]
  • Vogue Italia, Milan, Italy, International Photography Festival[29]
  • Talent Latent, Tarragona, Spain, International Photography Festival[30]

In the media


  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 CNN, Allyssia Alleyne. "Mária Švarbová finds beauty and serenity in socialist-era swimming pools". CNN. Retrieved 2020-10-17. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "The water's lovely: eerie Slovakian swimming pools – in pictures". The Guardian. 2016-07-20. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-10-17.
  5. Goukassian, Elena (2017-11-13). "The Elegant Minimalism of Soviet-Era Swimming Pools". Hyperallergic. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  6. "Maria Svarbova: Frozen In Time And Space". Digital Photo Pro. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  7. "Instagram @apple". Instagram. Retrieved 2020-10-18.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. "Murata". Laura Storcelova. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  9. "Maria Svarbova Latest 'Ice Cream Museum' Campaign [New York]". TRENDLAND | Online Trend News. 2020-04-13. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  10. "Juxtapoz Magazine - Maria Svarbova: In the Swimming Pool". Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  11. "Futuro Retro". New Heroes & Pioneers. Retrieved 2020-10-17.
  12. "212 Photography Istanbul". Exhibitions. Retrieved 2020-10-18.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. "Maria Svarbova photography". Gilman Contemporary. Retrieved 2020-10-18.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. "KG+ 2020 | KG+ 2020 Exhibitions Announce". KG+. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  15. "Contessa Gallery". Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  16. "아트맵". Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  17. "June 2019 - Alternative Spaces". Seoul Art Friend. 2019-06-01. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  18. "Contessa Gallery presents photographer Maria Svarbova on April 8th". Altima Palm Beach. 2019-03-27. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  19. "Maria Svarbova: Swimming Pool". Minnesota Marine Art Museum. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  20. "PHotoESPAÑA 19': Mária Švarbová y Jorg Karg". Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  21. "Contessa Gallery". Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  22. 活動通, Accupass. "ACCUPASS 活動通 - 亞洲最大活動平台 - 找活動辦活動的首選". Accupass. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  23. "D STORY 상세 - LIBRARY : 대림미술관". (in 한국어). Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  24. "Maria Svarbova's exhibition and talk in Madrid at Delpozo boutique". THINK+feel Contemporary Art Gallery. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  25. "Swimmingpool, le piscine di Maria Svarbova in mostra a Roma". La Repubblica. 2017-06-15. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  26. "Maria Svarbova: In the Swimming Pool at Leica Store Miami Gallery | Miami Art Guide". 2017-08-22. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  27. "Maria Svarbova – "Piscinas" – III FOTOMATÓN" (in español). Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  28. "Nasce a Catania Plenum, la galleria dedicata alla fotografia d'autore". Sicilia & Donna - Rivista online al femminile - Cultura, notizie e cronaca siciliana (in italiano). 2016-11-22. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  29. "Photo Vogue Festival". 2016-10-14. Retrieved 2020-10-18.

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