WHO WE ARE
The Stolen is an Online Fine Art Gallery.
It is an Art Brand, that was founded by an artist.
The Stolen not only provides with a variety of paintings and prints that are available for sale but also offers other art services like custom paintings, portraits from a photo, photo to a painting, live wedding painting, live corporate event painting etc
"the warmth, that matters..."
It all started in 2014. The original idea was to create an online art store - art brand, that would perfectly serve the goal of finding amazing artwork for decorating an interior. When I was looking through several online stores and galleries, I noticed, that there are a lot of different paintings, but not that many can be used for a creation of stylish, beautiful and modern interior design. Moreover, I couldn't find any artists or companies, that would design and make wall art specifically for interior design purposes; although there are a lot of details to think about, like size, style, materials, colors etc; and what exactly can be used well in interior and what's not.
"The original concept almost varnished..."
The real work started in April 2015. Since then so much changed. The original concept almost varnished, but so much better one came to replace.
While offering only ready paintings and prints I got a request for a portrait from photo and happily accepted that order. After that, I started getting more and more portraits orders and started focusing on this type of service more.
I came up with different types of portraits to offer, added photo to painting service and found some artists to help me.
But that isn't the end of the journey. After I came up with an idea of offering live painting at events like weddings, birthdays parties, etc, which appeared to be a pretty successful project.
The main question.
With all that being done I kept wondering: what it is that people are really looking for when ordering a portrait or a live painting service at their wedding?
One time I got a photo as a submission for an order. It was a hand of an older person in a hospital holding a hand of a young person.
It touched me so much. I couldn't hold my tears.
And that was the day I realized what The Stolen is really about.
What it is really about.
The Stolen is about relationships, people, the warmth, that they give to another person when giving them a Christmas portrait gift, the warmth, that matters.
I am so grateful to be a part of this incredible, such a deep and fundamental value.
- Mariia Malygina
Meet Our Team
Mariia Malygina -
founder, project manager & one of the artists
Mariia Malygina was born and raised in a small town of the North part of Russia. She started painting from the very childhood and always had an art passion. Her first painting classes in art studio started at the age 5, in a kindergarten art studio. From that time her artworks were displayed in different local art exhibitions, stores and libraries. When she was a student in Russian Art School, several pieces of her art were chosen for a local museum exhibition.
In 2012 Mariia Malygina moved to Los Angeles from Russia. In 2014 she created her first oil painting in LA and got the idea of "The Stolen".
lead artist: portraits & live painting
Participated in numerous art shows and exhibitions in a Valley area.
Was recognized for art by LA City Council in 2007 and 2008.
Was recognized for a mural at Justice Street by LA City Council in 2014.
Was honored to be among artists recognized for taking part in the largest Street Painting Festival in Pasadena by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Was featured on a local radio show as an expert guest in 2018 etc
"I remember when I’d go to my old jobs and would count the minutes left to leave. Now I’m usually rushing through chores just to go to my painting work. Though it was tough to follow a dream that no one else could see, it is now visible. Follow your dreams people!"
Photo is coming soon...
artist: portraits & live painting
Over 10 years of professional painting experience.
Studied fine arts in Long Beach City College and Brooks College.
Was featured at over 14 galleries and art events within the last couple of years.
Mainly works with oil and acrylic paints as well as charcoal.
"Art has always been a part of my life in one way or another. One of my favorite things to do is put headphones on and play with paint. It makes my soul dance."
artist: portraits & live painting
First Place at Hyper Realistic Contest.
Second Place at Sun Valley Art Contest.
Studied in The Art Institute. Bachelors in Design.
"Ever since I could remember I would be drawing something on anything. I would always have a sketchbook with me. I always thought to myself how amazing it was for artists to turn a blank surface into something beautiful."