Aqua Art Miami Biography: The 26-year old artist, who was born in Baku, Azerbaijan with Down Syndrom, brings her unique perspective to her art. Using the brightest colors of spring and "of the heart", Maryam's pieces, which include deconstructed portraits, voluptuous nudes and still life paintings, have fascinated and captured the attention of collectors and celebrities, including John Travolta, Juliette Binoche and Michael Douglas. Since childhood Maryam's parents and friends have encouraged her to express herself, first by music and singing, then art. Though 95% non-verbal, Maryam understands several languages. After studying art in Baku and then in Moscow, she took classes as a free auditor at Arts Deco and then at Beaux-Arts in Paris. Maryam's works go from the naivety of a bouquet of flowers, to the complexity of a face, to the sweetness of a self-portrait. Since 2010, Maryam's works have been featured in 27 shows in 13 countries, including France, Germany, Belgium, Russia, Turkey, Japan and the United States. Her first sale came in October 2016 and since then Maryam has sold many paintings to knowledgeable collectors including award-winning actor Gerard Depardieu who purchased "Composition 12," an acrylic on canvas for $20,000.00 in November 2017. "Maryam has a new perspective on the application of colour. Rose red, brownish yellow, star-like green, blood red, eye black - she fearlessly puts her light into her subject, just as nature might. Her bodies are nudes, with the freedom of nudity, inspired by the teachers of the past and revisited by her, by her feelings. Her painting is feeling. There isn't a single brush stroke that isn't connected to her. There is no affectation, no arrogance, no sentimentality, only the state of grace that sometimes exists in children. Neither composition nor perspective holds any fears for Maryam. Intuition outweighs technique, a crazy thirst for life outweighs thought, she conquers life from one picture to the next. Flowers, boats, fish, fruit, portraits, seascapes, lizards are all theams to which she surrenders like a ray of sunshine, an oath to her commitment to happiness. If some talk of art as therapy for Maryam, I would say it is she who is heling us. She inflames her thirst in giving it to us, as she paints in a single movement. Her painting is in fact a single, great movement. There is never any satiety here, just immense amazement at beauty. She tells us: look around you, look, there are no divisions, it is all you… These works are worthy of the greats. They make you want to see her creative growth, to see where her painting takes her, when her work becomes even freer, when she will flap her wings and really take off. Maryam is a young artist of great promise." -Juliette Binoche It is clear that Alakbarli has mastered her unique vision and modernist technique. Maryam has shown her work internationally and has caught the eye of many art collectors around the world. Her first sale came in October 2016 and since then she has sold 24 paintings, including John Travolta, Steven Soderbergh, Juliette Binoche and Michael Douglas.