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Born in Kiev, Ukraine, I became infected with the drawing virus at a very early age when I discovered on my parents' bookshelf a book of caricatures by Herluf Bidstrup, famous Danish artist/caricaturist. So my early experimentation with art was in drawing caricatures of my classmates, teachers and other locals. I studied painting at the Kiev Art School and in 1987 graduated from the Kiev State Institute of Arts with a degree in architecture. After graduation I worked as an architect and later changed my career into graphic design.
In 2000 I moved with my family to New Zealand. Inspired by Wellington's rolling hills, steep streets with small houses, sky and sea, I return to my passion, painting, began experimenting with different mediums and techniques (gouache, oil, collage in combination with watercolour and acrylic) to move away from the representational approach. I have participated in various group and solo exhibitions run in Wellington - WAG (Wellington Artist Group), Watercolour NZ, Academy of Fine Arts, South Coast Gallery and NZ Art Show.
My work is especially influenced by Post-Impressionist painters such as C├ęzanne and van Gogh. Landscape, a mixture of reality and fantasy, has always been my favourite subject, but recently I began plying with abstract figurative. Most of my works are based on first impression sketches and caricatures. I let them travel straight from my sketchbook onto a canvas with very little changes and corrections. In regards to colour - I should confess to a great love of green in all its shades. However there was a certain shift in my colour palette after moving to Australia in 2010.
My works can be viewed on the NZ Art Show online gallery www.artshow.co.nz

51cm (W) x 31cm (H)
oil on stretched canvas
$480
45cm (W) x 60cm (H)
oil on panel
$680
71cm (W) x 71cm (H)
oil on stretched canvas
$2,500
20cm (W) x 20cm (H)
Limited edition print on Fredrix archival desktop inkjet canvas
$100
19cm (W) x 25cm (H)
Limited edition print on Fredrix archival desktop inkjet canvas
$100
17cm (W) x 23cm (H)
Limited edition print on Fredrix archival desktop inkjet canvas
$100
18cm (W) x 24cm (H)
Limited edition print on Fredrix archival desktop inkjet canvas
$100
19cm (W) x 19cm (H)
Limited edition print on Fredrix archival inkjet canvas
$100
71cm (W) x 71cm (H)
oil on stretched canvas
$2,800
91cm (W) x 60cm (H)
acrylic on stretched canvas
$2,900