Growing up in industrial post-Soviet Russia, painting was the escape that got me through dreary seven-month winters. After moving to New Orleans in 2015, I found myself in a world I had only experienced through my paintings. The city has reflected in my work through vibrant colors and tropical birds and flowers.
My work is based on the simple, beautiful things that surround me and occupy my mind. My art incorporates feelings of love, happiness and calmness through the combination of vivid and pastel colors, loose brushstrokes and organic forms. I’m drawn to visually pleasing images featuring smooth lines, biomorphic elements and natural lighting.
My art has been exhibited in Vienna, Berlin, New York, Prague and other cities around the world. I have been commissioned to create ceiling and wall murals in restaurants and perform life painting at various venues such as Los Angeles Equestrian Center. My art has appeared on the covers of foreign music records, published in international magazines, and even inspired a jewelry collection.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words.
Vibrant, Elegant, Vivacious
Describe yourself in one word.
What do you love the most about creating art in New Orleans? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work?
I love the tropical weather and nature of New Orleans. I can paint outside any day of the year without wearing a puffy jacket and gloves! I live close to the City Park and love biking there to sketch birds, people and horses.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
Often my paintings begin with a quick color sketch in oil or watercolor. After drawing with a colored pencil on primed wood or panel, I apply thin washes of paint. I start working shortly thereafter, using alla prima technique.
Where do you draw inspiration?
My art is formed from a subconscious blend of my recent experiences and imagination. Much of my inspiration comes from the greatest artist of all – nature.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
Toulouse-Lautrec, Malcolm Liepke, Ashley Longshore, Yago Hortal
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?
Rhapsody in Blue, by George Gershwin
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
Volunteering for the local pet rescue “Take Paws”. I take professional pictures of the pets to help them get adopted. I also have been fostering dogs for almost 2 years and already found homes for 35 pups!
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
The golden hour right before sunset is my favorite time of the day. The colors get so vibrant and warm and the soft light makes an aura around people’s heads.
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact.
I learned English in 2 years. Also, I love watermelon.
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Where You Can Find My Work
All works listed online are available to be viewed at Where Y’Art Gallery by appointment.
Maison De Cheveux, 201 St Charles Ave
Tulane School of Medicine