Maria Kulikovska is a multimedia artist, architect, actionist-performer, researcher and lecturer. She was born in 1988 in Kerch, Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Ukraine. She lives and works in Kyiv and Stockholm in exile (after Crimea was annexed by the Russian Federation in spring 2014 the artist never went back to her native city).
Maria received a master's degree at the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture (2007-2013) in Kyiv, Ukraine (Architecture of Buildings and Structures), and she also has a second master's degree at Konstfack University, Stockholm, Sweden. Kulikovska used to work in China and Switzerland as an architect, but in the meanwhile returned to art as performances and sculpture, which were internationally acclaimed. In 2010 and 2012, the artist made one of her most important and powerful art projects titled «Army of Clones» and «Homo Bulla – Human as Soap Bubble». But in 2014, a group of pro-Russian terrorists shot at soap sculptures of Kulikovska that were exhibited at Izolyatsia Art Centre. The art center was captured and looted by the Donetsk People's Republic militants and Maria Kulikovska was placed on the list of banned artists in Russia because her non-binary queer art and political performances are too much.
The political reality of Ukraine obliges Maria to look for the solidarity beyond the country's borders – in Europe, where, through the Ukrainian-Swedish residence RutaRuna, she met with the Swedish-Assyrian artist Jacqueline Shabo, who became her partner in the same-sex marriage-as-performance «Body and Borders» (2014-2017), bringing the themes of freedom of woman's body, choise, queer, borders and different social and political issues up. During 2014-2021 Maria Kulikovska has organized and made more than ten social-political performances and actions, participated in the various exhibitions and events of reputable cultural institutions in different countries. She was also nominated for 3 several awards, fellowships and art residences. The artist founded the international artistic group and open feminist platform «Flowers of Democracy» in 2015 and the School of Political Performance in 2017, which are an artistic movement of liberal art.
The second half of 2016 year became the beginning of Maria Kulikovska's cooperation with Uleg Vinnichenko (8 March of 2017 is considered to be the official foundation date of the MKUV Studio). Uleg Vinnichenko is an architect-engineer, developer of experimental innovative building materials and structures. He was born in Zavodske, Poltava Oblast, Ukraine in 1978. Uleg lives and works in Kyiv and Stockholm now. His studio has implemented a number of commercial and non-commercial experimental projects in contemporary design, sculpture and architecture before he got to work with his future wife and muse Maria Kulikovska. Uleg was the developer of the reconstruction and put into operation the «Magdeburg Law Stairs» in Kyiv. His studio collaborated with the international elevator Otis company as an eco-researcher and developer of new engineering structures and materials. Vinnichenko's studio also undertook limited rehabilitation projects and decorated some private houses.
At the end of December 2019, Maria Kulikovska and Uleg Vinnichenko created and headed the international non-binary art space GARAGE33.Gallery-Shelter for contemporary art(ists) from «conflict?». They both became the co-architects of the gallery, in which Maria Kulikovska serves as art director and co-curator, and Uleg Vinnichenko is CEO and gallery's producer.