100 Years old Mary


First time I made a portrait of Maria in 2010. And after 6 years in 2016 I was invited to be a guest on her 100 years old birthday celebration. In 2019 we met again, now Maria is 103, she is living with her daughter who takes care of her, and this care means a lot. Maria is impressive person, who keeping through all her long life - a great love and gratitude for life.

Maria was born in the days of Imperial Russia, lived in the USSR, and now she lives nowadays. Truly curiosity for everything new and a love for life - that's what you can feel while personal communication with her. She tells she has three main rules in her life. First: To see only good in people, then you will haven't got enemies. Second: To set your own goals and always to achieve them. Third: Never to betray anybody, and be faithful friend and son for your parents and your country.

Maria was one of the first pioneers of Soviet Union. That is why for her 100-th birthday every guest put on a pioneer's red tie. In the Second World War she was a part of secret group, had a fictional name, working on a plant. After war ends she became work with children. Including on VDNKH - in the pavilion of the Young naturalist and engineer.

Maria says: "Everybody praise me, telling about exploits and achievements. But I think, I didn't do something extraordinary. I just lived".