Called the “Sexiest philologist in the world” by New Yorker Magazine, Marina Orlova is known to millions of fans around the world as the sexy master of language and creator of HotForWords Youtube show. In each video, the buxom blonde with an alluring Russian accent takes requests from viewers and explores the origins and meanings behind various words and phrases we all use in everyday life.
Marina hails from Russia and has two degrees in Philology (the study of linguistics and origins of words). She burst onto the new media scene and has since reached almost 500,000,000 views on Youtube with her 670 video lessons.
She also hosted a bi-weekly radio show on Maxim Radio on Sirius Satellite Radio and launched online video series with Bankrate.com, a leading publisher, aggregator and distributor of personal finance content on the Internet.
Marina is also a prolific artist. She graduated from the School of Painting in Arzamas, founded by the artist Alexander Stupin (1776-1861) at the age of 17. It was the first private provincial art school in Russia.
In July 2023, Marina won the 1st prize at London Art Biennale 2023 with her painting "Birthing a bomb".
A mental battle between a Russian Orthodox nun who was engraved in me by my religious parents and a revolutionary mind of a free spirited girl that possessed me since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, continued to haunt me, even after I moved to USA in 2002 to escape Putin’s Russia, that was built on psychological manipulation to intimidate and confuse.
My artwork is shockingly raw, sometimes brutally honest. I tend to mix the opposites to shake the viewer. Religion, masculinity, eroticism, pain, suffering, life and death are usually what interest me the most.
My work is deeply personal. The recent collection portrays mental struggle. I feel nothing but anger for the “abuser” Harvey as he crushed me that day I've met him in Beverly Hills hotel, physically and mentally. But the obedient Russian nun in me begs for his forgiveness.
I try to see both sides of the coin. I understand from my own experience how seductive, captivating and cunning one can be to achieve their goal but I also feel how much suffering, pain, even death could be resulting from that seduction. Putin, Trump, Harvey Weinstein are often seen in my work as a representation of dying breed of masculinity. Positions of dominance and privilege achieved by fear, bullying and intimidation are doomed to fail.
Soul and Spirit, The MPC Printmakers, Pacific Grove Art Centre, Pacific Grove, California (May 5 -June 29, 2023 )
The London Art Biennale 2023, Chelsea Old Town Hall, London, ( 27th – 30th July, 2023 )
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