1./2. Greedy Grandpa. Film Stills

3./4. U Trip. Film Stills.

Greedy Grandpa. Animation

Time: 3.20 Min
Medium: hand-drawn animation, 2D Year: 2020
Genre: comedy
Animation: Maria Naidyonova Music: Aleksandr Sudin
Production: Leo Kuelbs Collection


“Greedy Grandpa”


The film reveals the stereotypical gender roles of man and woman in a humorously grotesque way and cheers the viewer with an unexpected ending. The basis for the animation was free interpretation of the fairy tale “Grandpa and Grandma” by the contemporary Hungarian writer Alíz Mosonyi.

Film Presentations

2020 Festival of Animation Berlin, Award Winner
Digital Fairy Tales, Digital Art and Film Festival, Online Screening

2022 Manhattan Bridge, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NYC, USA;


THE DREY Gallery, East York, CAN Scope Berlin, DE




U-Trip has been temporarily removed because it’s currently being shown at the Nancy Film Festival and the festival requirements restrict film screenings online, but as soon as it will be possible, the film will be put online again. We wish the artist the best of luck and much prizes!


The animated film U-Trip is the story of a day in the life of Berlin’s metro system, the U-Bahn. Train cars and stations become the meeting point of a vast array of characters drawn from the rich and tattered fabric of 21st century Berlin.

The story starts at 4:00 a.m. as the U-Bahn opens, with only a cleaning person
and homeless woman on the otherwise deserted platform. A ticking clock builds the accelerating rhythm of the film as passengers begin filling the station, each in a hurry to fulfill their morning’s destiny, all under the watchful eye of the video surveillance camera, which is always present, but cannot intervene. The characters interact, inadvertently or purposefully, changing each other as they go, while the U-Bahn rumbles and trundles along, carrying with it moments of subterranean atmosphere and isolation from the streets above. The U-Bahn, the underground train, is its own world.

The film’s title, U-Trip, has layers of meaning. “U” points not only at
“underground” in the sense of subway or metro, but also stands for “underground culture”, a counterpart to the mainstream. The word “trip” alludes to a journey into the subconscious, into the world of hallucinations, fantasies, surrealism and hyperbolization of reality of Berlin’s drug-fueled nightlife, which often extends well into the next day. But even in the harsh light of day, the U- Bahn, the underground train, sings its own songs.

Film Presentations

2022 70th Columbus International Film & Animation Festival, OH, USA 34 Filmfest Dresden, DE

17th Athens Animfest, GR
Nancy International Film Festival, FR (coming soon) Festival of Animation Berlin, DE (coming soon)

In 2022 the further development of the project is supported by the NEUSTART Kultur Federal Funding

Maria Naidyonova

Geboren in Kiev, UA; lebt und arbeitet in Berlin, DE 


2014 – 2019 2009 – 2011 2002 – 2007 2002 – 2007

Kunsthochschule Weißensee – Meisterschülerin, Prof. Pia Linz (Berlin, DE) National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture – Specialist of Painting (Kiev, UA) National University of Ukraine „Kiev Polytechnic Institute“ – Bachelor of Arts (UA) Kiev National University of Economics – Master of International Economy (UA)


2022 NEUSTART Kultur, Bundesstipendium für Bildende Künstler/innen 2020 Preisträgerin, Festival of Animation Berlin (FAB 2020)
2019 Preisträgerin, “Kunstpreis Brandenburg”, Wildau

Ausgewählte Soloausstellungen

2020 Open Studio Event, Studio Weissenssee, Berlin DE
2019 “Lovers”, Artgeschoss Galerie, Berlin, DE
2018 “Maria Naidyonova: 2018”, Fata Morgana Gallery, Berlin, DE
2017 “Let’s talk about…”, Meat Locker Gallery, Hudson, New York, USA 2015 „Berliner Landschaften“, Galerie Kunstwerk Winkler, Berlin, DE

Ausgewählte Gruppenausstellungen

2022 “Obvious Surprise” DUMBO, Brooklyn, NYC, USA; THE DREY, East York, CAN; Scope Berlin, DE 2022 Lines & Fiction, Galerie im Körnerpark, Berlin, DE
2022 Flimmerfest Film Festival, Hamburg, DE
2022 Vierte Weissenseer Kabinettausstellung, Brotfabrik Galerie, Berlin, DE

2022 The Male Figure XI, Kunstbehandlung Galerie, München, DE
2022 70th Columbus International Film and Animation Festival, Columbus, Ohio, USA
2022 34 Filmfest Dresden, DE
2022 17th Athens Animfest, GR
2021 Kuboshow, Online Art Festival, DE
2021 Figuratively Speaking, Kunsthaus Am Tacheles, Berlin, DE
2020 “Kunst kennt keine Ausgangssperre”, Villa Blunk, Wriezen and Rathenau-Hallen, Berlin, DE
2020 “Kunst Supermarket”, DNA Gallery, Berlin, DE
2020 Digital Fairy Tales: Dark Nights & Black Cats, video art show, Manhattan Bridge, New York, USA
2020 Grande Finale, 3.Weissenseer Kabinett, Brotfabrik Galerie, Berlin, DE
2019 Digital Fairy Tales at Elizabeth Street Garden, Manhattan, New York, USA
2019 Digital Fairy Tales, Soho House, Berlin, DE
2019 Digital Fairy Tales, FLUCA-Austrian Cultural Pavilion, Plovdiv, BG
2019 “Perfekte Zustände”, X LANE, Berlin, DE
2019 “Transformat”, XTRO Ateliers, Berlin, DE
2019 “We’re Never Doing This Again”, Sheffield, UK
2019 Digital Fairy Tales: “Vengeance is Mine”, Berlin/New York, DE/USA
2019 Contemporary Art Ruhr, Leo Kuelbs Collection, Essen, DE
2018 “Neue Malerei”, Museum Kesselhaus Herzberge, Berlin, DE
2018 Schauwerk: Retrospective, Werkbund Galerie, Berlin, DE
2018 Light Year 41: “Ephemeral Movements”, Manhattan Bridge, New York, USA
2018 “Defying Currents”, The Shelf by Pandion, Berlin, DE
2018 “NGORO NGORO II”, Artist Weekend Berlin, DE
2018 “Zeitpunkt. Art From Observation”, travelling show: Atelier Alen, Munich / Studio Weissensee, Berlin, DE 2018 Open House by Leo Kuelbs Collection, Brooklyn, New York, USA
2018 “Solstice Supermix”, Fata Morgana/coGalleries, Berlin, DE
2017 “Implication and Instigation”, Meat Locker Gallery”, Hudson, New York, USA
2017 “Kuboshow“ Art Festival, Herne, DE
2017 “Spring Forth”, Fata Morgana Gallery, Berlin, DE
2017 Studis, Museum FLUXUS+, Potsdam, DE
2017 „Artgeschoss“, Salzgitter-Bad, DE
2016 „Kuboshow“ Art Festival, Herne, DE
2016 „Schauwerk“, Art Stalker, Berlin, DE
2016 „Kunstmittenmang“, Lehrter Straße, Berlin, DE
2016 „KunstBoulevard“, Boulevard Berlin, DE
2016 „Under My Thumb“, Gallery Neu West Berlin, DE
2015 „Dezembersalon-2015“, Taube Galeire, Berlin, DE
2015 „Kuboshow“ art festival, Herne, DE
2015 „Cirrus & Capillatus”, Haus des Rundfunks, Berlin, DE
2015 „Soma“, Autohaus Heise, Dessau-Roßlau, DE
2014 „Dezembersalon-2014“, Taube Galerie, Berlin, DE
2013 „Dezembersalon-2013“, Taube Galerie, Berlin, DE