Born and raised in Russia, I received a Master’s degree in fine art and design from the Moscow School of Applied Arts, where I also studied world History of Art and costumes. After graduating I began my career as a painter and my pieces were displayed and sold in numerous exhibitions throughout Europe. Since that time I have worked as an illustrator and art director for various companies in Moscow and Toronto. My artistic abilities have been recognized through numerous national and international awards for illustrations, graphic design and photography.
Through my personal work, I seek to create enchanting, curious and captivating art, which stems from a certain emotional, historical or cultural approach. I seek to balance real life with spiritualism, the elegance of classical art with modern vision. I like to experiment and play with elements melting one, into another.
I am always being influenced by my environment. I love Toronto — the city of diversity where you can find pieces of nearly any culture, and from this, I get inspired. There are few places in this world that so beautifully merge various ethnic traditions and backgrounds, along with this constant wave of new and contemporary elements.
I don’t believe art is often intentional. It is not bound to be any one thing, nor should it be described any one way. My art, while having a certain idea behind it, is free to be interpreted on a very individual basis and does not necessarily fall under a specific description, nor is it destined to be any one genre of art.
2016 • Finalist of "New Children's Book" competition for a series of illustration.
2013 • Applied Arts Award for fine art photography series: Applied Arts, Photography & Illustration.
2009 • Applied Arts Award for book cover illustration: Applied Arts, Photography & Illustration.
2009 • XPOSE photography and Illustration Award
2005 • Award for book cover design: Applied Arts, Design & Advertising.
2004 • Gold Prize for corporate design: XEROX National Graphic Design Competition
2003 • Gold and Silver Prize for logo and booklet design: XEROX National Graphic Design Competition
2002 • Applied Arts Award for advertising illustration: Applied Arts, Photography & Illustration
2002 • Gold and Bronze Prize for digital illustration: Graphic Exchange Digital Art Awards
2001 • Gold Prize for digital illustration: Graphic Exchange Digital Art Awards
1996 • Gold Prize for commercial poster: City of Moscow Advertising Contest, Russia
SELECTED CLIENTS AND EMPLOYERS:
Random House Publishing
Harper Collins Publishing
Cloak Fashion Design
Toronto Russian Film Festival
TV-Park Publishing House
MOSCOW Executive Club
Computerland International Inc.
DOUBLE VISION 2016 Fine Art Portraiture Todmorden Mills’ Papermill Gallery Toronto. March 8-20
THE ARTIST PROJECT 2014 Contemporary Art Fair Exhibition Place, Toronto. Febfuary, 2014.
DOUBLE VISION 2012 Fine Art Portraiture CAPIC, Toronto. Toronto Image Works April , 2012.
XPOSE ‘09 Winners of XPOSE, CAPIC National Photography & Illustration Award, 2009. Artscape Wychwood Barns Gallery. Toronto, May 2009.
DOUBLE VISION 2009 Fine Art Portraiture CAPIC, Toronto. Toronto Image Works December, 2009.
DOUBLE VISION 2008 Fine Art Portraiture CAPIC, Toronto. Toronto Image Works December, 2008.
Petit Théatre Solo Exhibition ARTA Gallery, Toronto. October 13 – 25, 2007
VOORUIT! DUTCH INNOVATION FROM A CANADIAN PERSPECTIVE Amsterdam Brewery Toronto, May 2007.
DOUBLE VISION 2006 Fine Art Portraiture CAPIC December 2006.
Painting Solo Exhibition «Moscow» Executive Club Moscow, 1994.
TEATRO Painting Solo Exhibition The Metropol Hotel Gallery, Moscow, 1995.
FISH IN BLUE Painting Solo Exhibition Solyanka Gallery, Moscow, 1994.
PAINTING EXPANSE Moscow, 1991.
CENT-PARADISE Painting Exhibition Moscow, 1990.
Young Artists Painting Exhibition Moscow, 1989.
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