My artwork reflects my mornings and my nights, my joy and my sorrow, my life experience and my memories, my dreams and my uncertainties. It is just myself.
At the age of five I was captivated by sensation of theater magic, and my passion was born. I graduated from the Russian Academy of Theatrical Arts in St. Petersburg. This city with mesmerizing architectural details appearing through rain and fog, snowflakes and frost, form an atmosphere where it is difficult to separate your dreams from daytime perception. It seems that the wrought-iron weaved park fences snatch my dream characters out of the swirling dense fog mixed with beams of northern sunshine.
I started my career as a theater artist and, to a large extent, this is the way I see life. The less obvious visions and impressions of events interest me the most. My work, I believe, has to evoke a sensation of wonder and vision of miracle. In my artwork I try to create a feeling of looking through theatre binocular at the hidden world underpinnings, and reveal what we normally use to miss. All the emotions and thoughts have to become alive, real, so it seems just impossible for me to be limited to only one medium. Multiple layers and different sequences of oil paints, pastes, pastels, inks and pencil in a single piece characterize my rather complicated painting technique.
My puppets are an extension of the themes in my graphic work.
Satisfaction comes when my characters gradually emerge, through mysterious “magic light” backgrounds and the brush strokes. Then the whole artwork starts to breathe, taking on a life of its own. I can then begin to feel it becomes dynamic, as its spirit reaches out to touch at least one person’s soul.
My works are displayed at the Bakhrushin Museum of Theatrical Art and Museum of Children’s Theatres, both located in Moscow, Russia. My pieces are now in a number of private collections throughout United States, Israel, Russia, and Canada.