“Marina” is both latin and slavic: my father was from Serbia (therefore my Petric) and my mother, from Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, where I was born and raised. I studied architecture and later, like my freak-of-nature friend platypus, I did a masters in History of Science. My thesis was (roughly speaking) about Artificial Intelligence and the role of consciousness in it (Thesis in Portuguese Here |Summary Paper in English Here). In Rio I was an instructor at the Architecture and Design schools at the Federal University and the Catholic University, respectively. During my twenties I lived in Belgium and Germany. I studied German with a DAAD scholarship. Don’t ask me why I did so. I think I just wanted to see the world through other cultures’ lenses.

I moved to the U.S. in 2004, and lived for one year in a boat in Santa Barbara, California. Never my name was so well-justified. Then I moved to Austin, Texas, where I have been for the past 10 years, most of which I spent working with graphic design and photography.

I am still in Austin, with my Border Collie Truffles (another freak of nature), and 3 cats that I love (one came from Brazil and like me, has dual citizenship). I enjoy riding the bike, hiking around with Truffles, traveling whenever I can, and getting to know wines from all over the world. I have the first CMS sommelier level and am taking the second soon. My most other passion is Karate, which I am learning at the amazing Sun Dragon school.