Maria Plavinskaya's works are particularly interesting from the point that she uses photos only as a starting point on the way of creating complex artistic images. After analyzing the pictures by changing contrasts and playing with colors, the author builds them into compositions where each element is perceived as a part of dynamic development of the installation. Just like her spouse, artist Dmitry Plavinsky, she uses analytic decomposition of a single image into fragments in order to create art works of a long time perception.
Photo installations by Maria Plavinskaya were displayed at her solo exhibition at The Moscow State Museum of Architecture name after A.B. Schusev in 2008 and in different galleries of Moscow and New York in 2009–2014, at joint exhibition with Dmitry Plavinsky "Structures of Time" at Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art in St. Petersburg.
In 1979 graduated from the Department of Russian and Soviet art of the Moscow State University.
1979-1984 – worked at the exhibition department of the Central House of Artists, Moscow.
1991- 2004 – lived and worked in New York, USA.
In 1991 bought her first Pentax camera in New York.
Since 1997 a member of the AIC (Association of Art Critics).
In 2000 photographies by Maria Plavinskaya were published in the book: Dmitri Plavinsky / J. E. Bowlt, A. Jakimovich, E. Plavinskaya-Mikhailova, D. Plavinsky. - New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 2000.
Currently lives and works in Moscow.
2008 – "A ruin building. Coliseum", The State Museum of Architecture named after A.B. Schusev, Moscow.
2009 – "Music of Spheres", a joint exhibition with Dmitry Plavinsky, Open gallery, Moscow.