Maria Rud

Individuality is exactly what sets an artist apart from the rest. Maria Rud’s paintings cannot be mistaken for anyone else’s work. In her work she symbolises the eternal, the human fundamental relationships, at the same time acutely reflecting the feelings of people who live in today’s world.

Vladimir Tolstoy
Cultural Advisor to the President of The Russian Federation


Maria Rud is an internationally aclaimed Russian artist, born in Moscow, who lives and works in Edinburgh. Maria began studying Fine Art aged just 7 years old, graduating from the Surikov School of Art, Moscow and Academy of Culture, St.Petersburg.

Apart from being a painter, she has worked in many art fields, including fashion design, book illustration, television, film, stained glass, ceramics and art glass.

Maria has had numerous exhibitions in Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. She developed “The AniMotion Show” which brings together painting and music in real time. The concept was launched by the National Museum Of Scotland in collaboration with Dame Evelyn Glennie. Since the launch, the show has toured in USA, China and Europe.

Maria’s work has a distinctly unique style and is immediately recognisable.

Her extensive and inspirational body of work, built up over three decades of ceaseless application, echoes seemingly ancient themes while resonating with the present world.

Maria believes her work should not be intellectualised. The paintings are not the product of the intellect, but visceral expressions of images received “fully formed” in her mind. Despite the obvious technical excellence, there is a simplicity that can be understood without explanation.  Each and every painting can be read and interpreted by anyone on a purely emotional level.


A shining light originated in ancient times, Maria Rud is re-enchanting the world.

Christoph Bollmann
Art Director, Fine Art Consultant, Collector,


“Maria Rud is one of the most significant figures on the creative arts scene in Scotland today.

I have watched her develop her unique AniMotion concept and have enjoyed the privilege of collaborating with her as creative director of various ensembles including Cappella Nova and Canty.

In every case, Maria’s work has combined with our performances of early and contemporary music to create events that are infinitely more than the sum of the parts.

They attract new audiences and inspire a profound atmosphere of absorption and emotion in those audiences that is rare nowadays.

Her respect and understanding of the music and her tireless commitment to quality ensure that every collaboration brings out the best in all involved.”

Rebecca Tavener
Soprano, Artistic Director,Cappella Nova & Canty

“The AniMotion Show integrates the performing skills of the musicians and the artist together with the architecture creating an ethereal visual experience for the audience. This stunning collective of music, art and structure morph in such a way the eye sees the spirit and essence of the building as an evolving narrative.

It is my absolute privilege to be part of such an amazing experience.”

Dame Evelyn Glennie

“Mesmerising. AniMotion Show takes you into another place, into a different world…”

Su-a Lee

“Lights, music and painting – all at once – in the Quad of the beautiful 17th century George Heriot’s School in Edinburgh, Scotland. This outdoor show comprises the music of renowned virtuoso professional solo percussionist – and Dame – Evelyn Glennie and acclaimed Russian visual artist Maria Rud. As night falls the quad comes alive with the rhythmic and fascinating sounds from Glennie as she works her huge array of percussion instruments. They are all laid out under a long canopy and she may only play one instrument for several minutes,

exploring all rhythms and nuances. Rud paints to the music and creates huge dramatic iconic images which are projected onto the immense back wall of the quad. The audience members stand, sit or move around watching

Glennie and Rud closely as they create astonishingly beautiful art together.

It’s a unique experience to have two artists of this caliber collaborating in such a historic setting. They have great chemistry and relate to each other with brief eye contact as they create almost non-stop for an hour or so. Pausing briefly to change instruments and clear the painting surface Glennie and Rud then begin a new image and sound creation – the paintings develop in front of our eyes, animated as Rud adds touches of colour, tree branches or transforms a current pattern into something completely different. It’s magical and wondrous!

An elaborate architectural setting adds to the shape and shadows and inspires textural imagery – and this building offers romantic high turrets and intricate window decoration that Rud uses to the maximum.

Rud is surrounded by twenty palettes or more. Each one has a combination of multi coloured paint, ready for the next creation. At one point Glennie leaves her area to work closer to Rud as she plays a special huge gong type of instrument in the centre of the quad – the sound echoes around the building eerily and faintly and crescendos slowly, it’s a fascinating sound and Rud responds to it through changes of speed and strokes of her brush and the resulting image.

It’s a mesmerising and visceral show!”

Jo Tomalin
Edinburgh Fringe Review



Important event information

"Due to unforeseen technical and practical difficulties, a decision has been made to postpone the proposed concert on December 10th with Rick Wakeman and Maria Rud at the Queens House in aid of the Moon Bears charity.

Whilst all the issues that have arisen can be overcome given time, it would not be possible in the remaining timescale and so the decision was made to actively look for a new date in 2018 in order to ensure that this very special and unique event achieves everything it should. Potential dates in 2018 are already being considered and as soon as a firm date is set, then further announcements will be made."