Marina was born in 1970 in a small city called Tambov, in rural Russia. She started playing piano at a very early age and was accepted in a special school for musically gifted children at age seven.
After graduating from the musical school at age 17, she was hired by a nearby factory as an assistant to the graphic designer at the advertising department. Here Marina developed her skills and talent as a designer and fine artist.
In 1990 she enrolled into the art & graphics department of the State University in Kostroma. She graduated with honors in 1996 and for several years worked as both designer and fine artist.
In 1990 Marina started taking part in art shows across the country. The Kostroma Chapter of the Union of Artists of Russia took her paintings on tour and she exhibited in St Petersburg and Moscow. In 1997 she received Grand Prize at the Kostroma Regional Fine Art Show, and in 2000 she received 1st price at the National Juried Show of Portrait Art.
In 2001 and 2005 Marina was selected to represent her region on the All-Russia fine art show “Best Young Talent” in the Central Palace of Art in Moscow, Russia.
In 2009 Marina took part in an exhibition “Artists of Russia to Watch” and was selected “The Artist to Watch” of 2009. Her “Nude” was made the face of the new “Portal Nu” of the Russian art on the internet and was acquired by the Fine Art Museum of her native city Kostroma.
As a result of this success in 2010 she was approached by representatives of Christie’s Auctions of London. Her work now successfully sold on Christie’s and in St Petersburg’s galleries. She and her family moved to St Petersburg, Russia and reside there now.
Marina is married to a fellow artist Aydemir Saidov, and she has one daughter.