Having been inspired by my grandfathers craft work, I joined a Russian art school at the age of 8. Here, for the first time I was introduced to the process of expressing myself through art. It was through this experience that I came to value my, at the time, hobby and realise the importance it would have to my future education.
At the age of 10, when my family moved to Sweden I continued my personal development through independent practice. In 1996, I joined a summer course in art history and painting in Stockholm’s archipelago. Taught by the Swedish painter, Andreas Brimberg, the course offered an overview of art history and painting. Over a period of three years, I was experimenting with different media, such as acrylic, oil and watercolours to illustrate the Swedish landscape and the archipelago surrounding us.
After having finished the Gymnasium, (equivalent British A-levels) with art as my main subject, I moved to London in 2002 to begin my fashion studies at London College of Fashion. Throughout my college years and now, while working in the fashion industry, I am constantly creating and combining fashion with my interest in art. This interest is expressed in different projects, such as fashion illustrations and wall paintings to mention a few. One of my latest illustration projects was a wall painting in Hostel Art in Piccadilly Circus, London.
Cities like St Petersburg and Moscow inspire me. Fashion Illustration, films and photography are also my main interests and a big source of inspiration. I love the work of creators such as Quentin Tarantino and David LaChapelle for their daring style and the love of colour.
Painting for me, is like I mentioned earlier, a way to express and document my experiences and feelings. Just like a diary tells a story, my work illustrates my personal journey through a period of my life.