Maria Abeyesekere (b.1970) is a Sri Lankan professional realist artist whose unique style is done by classical realism. Her art has been in demand since she began selling her original paintings and commissions in the early 2000’s for art lovers across the world. She worked as a Marketing Head while continuing to paint part time. After marriage, she made the switch to full-time painting. She works primarily with oils acrylics & pencils and specialises mainly in Portraiture, Still- Life, Wildlife, Landscapes and anything else that inspires her.
It is also very natural and attractive how she launched herself into this field. She has inherited this from her family as there had been several ancestors who have excelled in this field before her as she has said about herself.
“As long as I can remember I am used to drawing or painting things that I am attracted to and have always been fascinated by realism in art. I have been a humble student of art in all its manifestations for years now and as a self-taught artist, my trying to improve in all that matters to this field made me develop my skills and style with oils, acrylics and pencils over the years becoming a professional in lifelike art. My paternal grandma, as was her mom and grandma too were artists and I believe this talent of mine is an inheritance.
Painting portraits was my first passion in this world of art. My ancestral homes were all decked up with walls full of old paintings and portraits of my ancestors painted by the British painters in the colonial era and many more artistic accessories that drove me more towards my hobby. I have spent some of the happiest hours of my life looking at those pictures and objects, both originals and reproductions of artists of various cultures and periods. It is an exercise I can recommend to anyone who is in the least sensitive to line, form, colour and composition.
I am blessed and honoured to be able to sell my 1st painting to Dr. Ian Goonetileke, a renowned scholar in Sri Lanka, an art collector and art critic.
Though I was born and bred in the city, for over 20 years I have been living amongst the wilderness in the Central highlands of Sri Lanka with my husband and son. My marriage with a tea planter was a huge turning point in my life. I left my hectic career and became a housewife and a full time artist. The serenity and the scenic beauty of where I am, makes the perfect environment for me to paint more.
When it comes to wildlife, I concentrate on the importance of getting to know the subject better and enjoy spending hours and hours outdoors to study them in their natural habitat.
I’ve always dreamt of supporting people with great difficulties and the animals in their struggle to survive. I am happy my art supports me in realizing my dream come true."
Invitations 2021 & 2022
44th Annual Gala 2022 ,Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Gainesville, GA.
Lisboa International Contemporary Exhibition in October 2022
8th Edition of Downtown Chiado International Contemporary Exhibition , Lisbon from 5th February 2022
Clio Art Fair 2022 in Los Angeles & New York
2nd Art for Art International Virtual Art Exhibition 2021, Oyster Art Gallery Pakistan
Invited to represent Sri Lanka at the Dubai Art Expo 2021
2021 & 2022 Exhibitions
In the near future - Linked INNYC Women of the World organized by South Art Dealer
Oct. 2021 participated at the NOAPS 2021 Associate online juried exhibition
From 2003 to 2018 - 15 private solo shows for invite only
1993 Group Exhibition, Frankfurt Germany
2022 - Honorable Mention Award @ 4th Landscape Art Show International 2022 (International Juried Art Competition)
2022 - Finalist Award @ Portrait Art Show International 2022 (International Juried Art Competition)
2021 - Honorable Mention Award @ 3rd Animal Art Show International 2021 (International Juried Art Competition)
2021 - Finalist Award @ 3rd Animal Art Show International 2021 (International Juried Art Competition)
1993 - Best Portrait - Group exhibition, Frankfurt, Germany
1990 - Best Young Artist - Christian Youth Society Art Competition, Colombo - Sri Lanka (Juried Art Competition)