born in Saint Petersburg.
forced to move to Israel for political reasons.
Currently Based in France
I express my artistic vision primarily through oil on canvas, with a significant reliance on photography, a technique I’ve adopted in the spirit of my core inspiration, Edgar Degas. Much like Degas, my work is characterized by a profound attention to unexpected details, challenging viewers to reevaluate the ordinary and discover the extraordinary within commonplace objects.
With every frame I capture, I aim to construct a bridge between the viewer and the canvas, encouraging them to follow the play of light patterns and guiding their gaze through a narrative meant to prompt a reconsideration of their perceptions. My subject is the relationship between temperatures of color spots and tonality, and the optic effects created by displaced accents of shapes and lines. In the process of my work, I intentionally deconstruct objects and detach my vision from "what" to "how and when".
Born in Saint Petersburg into a family of physicists and deeply influenced by the city's cultural richness, my artistic journey began at the age of 9 in an extracurricular program at the Hermitage under the guidance of Dr. Ludmila Ivolgina, head teacher specializing in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, who led the Hermitage school for high school students for over 30 years. During these years, I also received a classical education in a gymnasium with a strong emphasis on ancient languages and humanities.
After completing this school program, I turned to painting and drawing, taking several preparatory courses during my high school years, ultimately opting for graphic design and earning my master's degree at Saint Petersburg State University of Design and Technology.
Following my intention to further explore my artistic ambitions and ideas in my late twenties, I transitioned from graphic design to interior design and photography. This change allowed me to immerse myself in the world of spatial aesthetics, where light and texture became the primary vehicles for my creative expression.
Over the years, I ventured into entrepreneurship, opening and managing music bars, and then a restaurant dedicated to promoting the secular culture of the Middle East, all of which served as dynamic canvases for my artistic vision in the absence of the financial possibility to fully commit to painting and due to lack of family support.
In 2018, my life took a dramatic and unjust turn when I faced legal challenges related to my restaurant. As a consequence of a trial based on accusations of violating some of the health regulations (such as storing products and marking cleaning inventory), I found myself unjustly prohibited from practicing art, speaking in public, and participating in cultural and educational activities within the Russian Federation. Faced with the impossibility of pursuing my passions in my homeland, I embarked on a life-altering journey that led me to Israel, my second homeland.
In Jerusalem, I continued to refine my skills in painting and drawing at the Jerusalem Studio School (Israel Hershberg's School), and then at the Hatahana School in Tel Aviv.
Four years later, I felt ready to start my first professional project in the South of France - The Shared Table. This project embodies the essence of communication through shared meals, a concept deeply rooted in my personal history as a child, shaped by the absence of a conventional family home after the loss of my parents.
To this day, through my art, I delve into themes of home and homelessness, the dynamics of belonging to a group versus the experience of solitude. My aim is to capture the raw, unscripted emotions of human interaction in its most authentic form.
Education and professional training
2021 - 2022 Hatahana tel-aviv extended ACADEMIC YEAR class of ADAM COHN
2020 - Hatahana tel-aviv summer class of ADAM COHN
2019 - 2020 jerusalem studio school full time master class of Yedidya Hershberg and Deborah Sebaoun
2004 st. petersburg state university of design and technology |
graphic design ba
2023 GalLerie Zoom, SETE, FRANCE 2023
2020 nomer 47, ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
2011 STIRKA, ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
2022 FITZROVIA GALLERY LONDON. HAMPSTEAD ART SOCIETY
works in collections
GErmany, israel, France
2021 REPATRIANT ARTIST GRANT , israel
a dreamy place opened at 2011, which feels authentically 1978.
thrift store finds meet well selected small batched distillates from all over the world.
a true moment of the past in the present supported by music of the late 70s to early 90s
played from vinyl turn tables
A MIddle eastern restaurant opened to bring customers from different regions of the middle east together to share and enjoy traditional food in peace. design supported by middle eastern pop and folk music from the 70's.