Darina Marko was born in Bulgaria in 1966. At an early age she focused her studies on fine art. After specializing in fine art in secondary school she went on to study at the Academy of Fine Art in Bulgaria for an additional five years focusing her studies on silk printing and batik. After completion, Darina moved to London, England for four years. Darina has spent considerable time travelling across Europe and North and South America and has exhibited her work in England, Germany, Italy and Finland.
Inspired by artists including Egon Schiele and Matisse, Darina bends, twists and distorts her subject matter and perspective. She freely employs mixed media including acrylic, watercolour, oil and pastel. By concentrating on the interactions between visual elements including form, colour, texture and light, her still life work acquires its abstracted aesthetic.