Whether it is a cure or a blessing to be an artist, I love it. I believe there is a cross-correlation between personal and professional development in this area, so in order to create good art, I must seek to be the best human being I am capable of. Also, I love that having a career within art makes it 'legal' to express yourself in all the possible ways, question your sanity, and raise issues which wouldn't' be raised on a daily basis. Working as a freelance illustrator during my studies and after graduation, I have been constantly driven to push my boundaries and challenge my skills and my intelligence. And it was a great reward to be given an Artist in Residence Award by Solent Showcase Gallery, to be commissioned to design couple of book covers for BFI Publishing/Palgrave Macmillan, to be a representative of Southampton Solent University within various art festivals, conferences and workshops organized by international VIVID project, and being employed as a Visiting Lecturer in BA(Hons) Interactive Media Design in the University of Hertfordshire. I am most fascinated by visual reportage, book illustration, and fashion illustration. Drawing, collage, painting, photography, found object, and art installation - are medium I feel comfortable with, and my choice of medium would always depend on it's relevance to a subject. Thematically, I am driven to mystical worlds of ghost stories, Eastern European folklore, as well as psychology of relationship, sexuality and beauty/ugliness. My other passion is theatrical mini performances - psychodramas. Using my body and fashion as tools of expression, I build atmospheric dreamlike and poetic worlds with the character telling a narrative through poetry or body language.
BA(Hons) Interactive Media and Design, Illustration Unit
Jun 2012 - Oct 2012 Commissioned to create a front cover artwork for Ken Gelder's 'New Vampire Cinema'. Oct 2013 - Nov 2013 Commissioned to create a full cover jacket design for Kevin Jackson's 'Nosferatu'.
VIVID OPENING CONFERENCE, April 2010 Visual Interpreter Produced series of life drawings interpreting main themes, motives and characters of the event. LIGHTEN UP SOUTHAMPTON, November 2012 Artist Using a Tagtool application for ipad, and being accompanied by music, created a live animation, which was projected onto Southampton buildings on a large scale, open for a public. Fête de l'anim, INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL IN LILLE, FRANCE Artist in Residence Being involved in three-day workshop/masterclass on creating interactive animation using Tagtool application, created a final live animation being projected onto a big screen, open for a public.
First Honour Degree
Have been selected for three months residency as a Gradutae local artist, an award organized by Southampton Solent Showcase Gallery. Being provided by studio space, professional assistance by curator's of gallery, as well as by financial support, created and exhibited a project 'The Nose', a series of illustrations for Nikolay Gogol's classic novel. https://www.behance.net/gallery/10670189/Illustrations-for-Nikolay-Gogols-The-Nose
Have been awarded a Paul Osborne Drawing Prize for my Final Major project 'Welcome to Cabret', being presented by special diploma in my graduation ceremony, as well as gift voucher for art materials. https://www.behance.net/gallery/9932077/Weimar-Cabaret-A-Dance-on-a-Volcano-(art-installation)