Artistic portfolio
Mari Saxon (real name Maria Sakson), internationally award-winning fine art photographer, architect.
Mari was born in Moscow in 1977. In 2022, she moved to the Massachusetts, USA.
By education and profession, she has been an architect for over 25 years. Photography has been her hobby since youth. However, she began to seriously study photography only in 2019 when her portfolio won a grant for learning course mentored by renowned documentary photographer Sergey Maximishin. Gradually, Mari left architecture and dedicated herself to art photography, which became her profession and passion.

2024 Photography school of Natalya Zhukova online
2022-2024 Photography school Marusina Masterskaya online
2019-2021 Photography school Tsekh, course of Sergey Maximishin "Photographer as a Storyteller", Moscow Russia
2020 Alena Zhukova "Intro to Pro-Photo" online
1994-2000 Moscow State Architectural Academy MFA Architecture, Moscow Russia
1987-1994 Moscow State Children Art School #5, Moscow Russia
URBAN Photo Awards 2024 (Selected, Single image)
Belfast Photo Festival 2024 (Shortlisted, project)
Fine Art Photography Awards FAPA (Nominee in Portrait category, single image)
Fine Art Photography Awards FAPA (Nominee in Conceptual Category, project)
Russian Photo Awards (Top 100, single image)
All-Russian Festival of Black and White Photography Fotostrelka (Nominee, single image)
All-Russian Photo Project of Childhood (Finalist, single image)
Grant for learning course of Sergey Maximishin “Photographer as a Storyteller”
What Will You Remember Review "Griffin Museum 30th Annual Juried Members Exhibition" by Elin Spring


June 20 - July 28 - "30th Annual Members Exhibition" at Griffin Museum, Winchester MA USA


July 11 - Aug 18 - "12th Annual One" at ArtsWorcester Gallery, Worcester MA USA

Sep 10 - Oct 3, 2024 - "Rozenman/Saxon/Lim Exhibition" at Hopkinton Arts Center, Hopkinton MA USA

Jan 16 - Feb 16, 2025 - "Artists Shoeboxes" at ArtsWorcester Gallery, Worcester MA USA



"100 Photographers to Watch" at Superlative Gallery, Bali Indonesia

"Cinematic Theme" at Panopticon Gallery, Boston MA USA

"View Finder" at ArtsWorcester Gallery, Worcester MA USA

"Lavish: Gallery Edition", Tenafly NJ USA

"Art For Life" Helsinki XR Center, Helsinki, Finland

"Portrait: Self and Others" at PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury VT USA

"Dreams And Nightmares" at Boomer Gallery, London UK

"Together" at Warehouse X, Sommerville MA USA


"Let Me Be A Child", S.Petersburg Russia

"Fotostrelka" Festival of B&W Photography, Borovsk Russia

"Scaled Down" ArtsWorcester Gallery, Worcester MA USA

"The Eleventh Annual One" at ArtsWorcester Gallery, Worcester MA USA

"FAM's 87th Regional Exhibition" at Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg MA USA

Artist Statement
of Mari Saxon, photographer, artist, architect.
I always adore noticing the absurdity, surrealism in the everyday, as if reality lifts the edge of its curtain for me, and through this gap, I see the backstage of the scenery. It amuses, entertains, and astonishes me. Equally, I always observe the unnoticed unusual, individual facets in people around me. The intricacy of each person, the diversity of people fascinates me, and when I notice something special, I can't wait to capture it with my camera.

Gradually, I started creating an absurd reality in my photographs: my attic turns into a fairy-tale world, my models stand on their heads in high heeled boots, and me myself turn into multifaceted mythical figure in self-portraits.

My works are surreal, symbolic, fabulous, often absurd. At the same time, my photographs do not impose their own narrative, there is no obvious plot. Everyone can see their own story in them. And every interpretation pleases and surprises me. The most stirring goal for me is to engage the viewer in a dialogue through my art.
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