Margarita Sikorskaia was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. She grew up a free-spirited tomboy, climbing trees, zooming on a bike, getting dirty, communing with forest spirits, and getting into trouble. But most of all she could sit quietly and draw for hours on end, watching ants build their intricate home, or small clouds gather to create a storm, or waiting for the Baltic Sea waters to draw all the sand out from in between her toes until she sunk ever so deeply into the earth. Nature was her guide and inspiration.
Margarita was trained in classical art at the Hertzen Pedagogical University of St. Petersburg. She moved to the United States in 1990, and settled in Minneapolis. There she encountered Charles Thysell, an outstanding talented artist, who became her mentor and her partner for seven years. They collaborated on the same canvases and produced successful shows combining their different styles into a unique form of storytelling.
Sikorskaia’s canvases open a world revealing the interconnectedness of all beings, inviting you to a world of relationship and connection, of stillness and revelation. These paintings are meditative exchanges, evoking subtle but deep emotions, absorbing you into their state of being as you absorb them into yours.
In 2004 she gave birth to a child, inspiring her to turn her attention to illustration. Since 2009 she has published over a dozen children’s books, winning multiple awards. She takes much pride and pleasure in bringing children’s books to life.
A prolific and passionate artist, Margarita has exhibited her paintings throughout the US.
“Sikorskaia’s principle passion resides in finding her own mythology, and in conveying the wonder of nature and humanity through her painting.”