I was born in Dublin in 1996 to Russian parents. I graduated from Boston University in 2018 with a major in art history. My childhood was spent in Moscow and Swiss Alps. I painted as a child but stopped making art for about three years after receiving D for art in middle school. Since 18, I committed to making my life revolve around art. With painting as a primary medium, I have embarked on an artistic journey to explore the world of craftsmanship. Today, I use my lifelong and recent interests to formulate my language of a designer and artist. I think of myself as an artist-curator, who curates pigment, subject, concept, historical genres and ideas. To me, curating is a method to extend one’s individuality; we curate when we cook, dress in the morning, make song playlists and decorate our apartments. Painting is my tool to learn the unconscious phenomena, to understand the backbone of my thoughts, feelings, and imagination. Art allows me to question history, propose theories, and play a role of a creator.
My works act as gates into a surreal realm which tackle questions of reality, spirituality, and dreams. The canvases provide a glimpse of the worlds that exist in my imagination; worlds filled with magic, curiosity and irrationality. Drawing inspiration from history, philosophy, consciousness, nature, and other, I use oil paint to transfer my ideas, thoughts and interests on a canvas. Having studied art history, I use that knowledge to constantly form and shape my own genre and language by taking what appeals to me from an array of artistic movements from various cultures and eras.
Above all, romanticism and surrealism are the biggest players in molding my current visual representation. Romanticism is the art of association and with the help of romantic settings and themes, I aim to get the viewer to search for deeper personal meaning in my work. By painting a dramatic sky with a pondering human figure overlooking a surreal landscape, I employ a Romantic concept that offers the viewer a chance to plug himself into my canvas and temporarily exist in my world. Surrealist elements provide an escape into a dream dimension, where laws of Earth don’t necessarily apply and illogicality prevails. Abstraction adds a layer of ambiguity and although some of my works are figurative in representation, the presence of surrealistic chaos brings out the abstractness of the subject. When I am visually “abstracting,” I aim to create fractals that mimic patterns found in our universe; whether it is a cosmic nebula or the nerve system inside a brain, the abstract brushstrokes mirror the chaotic structures that we see or don’t see every day. Abstractions provide movement, but also the subtle existence of “the other, the unexplained” in a painting. By using a colorful palette, I force the colors to trigger a chain of thoughts or emotions that are bound in our conscious.
11-12/2018 IE University, Madrid, Spain. Making Architecture course.
2014-2018 Boston University, Boston, MA. BA in history of art and architecture.
2009-2014 Aiglon College, Switzerland. International Baccalaureate.
04/2019 International Contemporary Art Fair Art3f. Paris, France
05/2018 Multiverse Theory Museum of Modern Renaissance, Boston, MA*
02/2018 International Biennial Group Show M.A.D. Gallery, Milan, Italy
10/2017 International Group Show Colorida Art Gallery. Lisbon, Portugal
04/2017 Familiar Patterns Matter & Light Fine Art Gallery. Boston, MA *
04/2017 Utopia/Dystopia Polykroma. Boston, MA
* Curated and organized by me.
Artist in residency
06-08/2017 Summer studio residency Amar Gallery, London, UK