Masha Vasilkovsky was born in Moscow and immigrated to the USA when she turned eighteen. She studied Animation first at the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA, 1995) and later received her MFA in Experimental Animation from California Institute of the Arts (1998). Masha's teachers were distinguished magicians of animated film such as Jules Engel, Cornelius Cole, Bill Moritz, Suzan Pitt, Maureen Selwood, Christine Panushka, Raymond Krumme, and Amy Kravitz. After graduating CalArts Masha worked as an animator for independent films; see 'Resume' page . She animated for 'Tell Me Cuba' by Megan Williams (2006), 'Il Doctor' by Suzan Pitt (2005), and 'As You Desire Me' by Maureen Selwood (2008). In the past three years, Masha made commissioned work for such productions as: 'Lo Azul Del Cielo', by Juan Uribe (2012), 'Perseus', a theater play directed by Eleini Kafetzi, 'The Puzzle', by Dance Into Unity (2011) and 'Curve of Earth' by Lee Madsen, (2010).
For the past fifteen years Masha has also been teaching animation for students of all ages and levels of expertise. Presently, besides being an instructor at College of the Canyons, she teaches animation at Character and at Experimental Departments of California Institute of the Arts, see student worksuch as the film by Jesse Irish,Exit to Consciousness .
Masha's personal films include animated shorts, such as 'Fur and Feathers', 16mm, 3.5min, 2000, 'At Home', 16mm, 5min, 2000, and 'Mama', a collaboration with Eun-Ha Paek, 3.5min, 1995. Presently Masha is in the process of completing a paint on glass film, Ojos Del Cielo, as well as another mixed media piece titled, A Puzzle.
Masha is very excited to be involved in Lumen Animae, a creative collaboration with Ruah Edelstein; both are part of a socio centric philosophy of sharing their knowledge and inspiration with the community through a traveling show supplemented by workshops in the art of animation and theater performance. Another influential artist in Masha's life is a distinguished artist and educator, Leo Hobaica Jr. Presently Lumen Animae is collaborating with Leo on several educational and creative projects.
Ruah Edelstein is an animation artist and cinematographer best known for her film Died 100 Times and her work with Lumen Animae, an international amity of creative partnerships that she co–founded with award winning filmmaker Maria Vasilkovsky. Edelstein is also a faculty member at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), the top art school in the United States as ranked by Newsweek/Daily Beast, where she teaches film production in the Department of Character Animation. Besides filmmaking, Edelstein’s other art practices include site–specific installations such as animation mapping on buildings, consultancy work for film and stage productions, and painting. Prior to her career in the cinematic arts, Edelstein acted and directed professional stage productions for The Covenant Players, a full time touring theater company which staged productions across European cities in multiple languages.