She was regarded as one of the representatives of the Leningrad school of painting. In 1923, Zubreeva entered at the first course of the Leningrad Vkhutein (The Leningrad Higher Institute of Industrial Art, today the Saint St. Petersburg Art and Industry Academy, before 1918 known as the High Art School under Imperial Academy of Arts. Since 1944 known as the Repin Institute of Arts), where she studied under Vladimir Konashevich and Dmitry Mitrokhin.
In 1927 she graduated from the Leningrad Vkhutein.
Her graduation work was to design the book A Week, by Yuri Libedinsky. Starting in 1928 Zubreeva participated in art exhibitions.
She painted landscapes, portraits, still lifes, genre scenes, worked in watercolors, tempera, and monumental painting. She was best known for her watercolor portraits of contemporaries.
In 1932 Zubreeva was admitted to the Leningrad Union of Soviet Artists (since 1992 known as the Saint St. Petersburg Union of Artists).
In 1930-1950s Zubreeva together with husband artist Sergei Zakharov worked frequently in Tajikistan, where she designed the interiors of public buildings. Personal exhibitions of works of Zubreeva were in Leningrad (1951, 1980, 1984), in Saint-St. Petersburg (1996), and in Moscow (1961, 1965). Maria Zubreeva died on October 8, 1991 in Saint St. Petersburg.
Her paintings reside in the State Russian Museum, State Tretyakov, and in museums and private collections in Russia, Italy, France, England and other countries.
Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics Union of Artists.