I was born in Kharkov, Ukraine and came to the United States when I was five years old. My family and I came to Northeast Philadelphia with nothing, in an effort to start a new life.
I attended 13 different schools before graduating from Emmaus High School. Throughout all of the changes, one thing always remained the same: my passion for art.
At age 14, I was enrolled full-time as an art student at Barnstone Studios. It was extremely intimidating studying and creating with older students. Three years after enrolling, I was offered my own one-person show. This would be the first one-person show in 30 years, and the very first one-person show of a woman. Shortly after, I graduated from high school, being awarded the National Scholastic Silver Award.
I attended college at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. For two years, I battled constant health problems, and then moved back to Philadelphia to attend the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA).
Today, I have a studio in Philadelphia and am continuing to expand my artwork. I enjoy telling stories of social commentary and the beauty of women through aesthetically pleasing and uplifting drawings.
Since graduating, I have traveled all over the world, living in residencies in countries like India and China. I have also been published and have won awards for my art. I am so grateful for all of the opportunities I have had and thank everyone who has supported me.
Art is my everything. It’s my life.
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