Born in 1996 in Kiev, Ukraine, I embarked on a quest to find my life’s calling at a very young age. As early as five years old I was engaged in dance, music, sport, and of course, various forms of art. While showing dedication to each new activity, I always found a particular joy in making things by hand, be it drawing, origami, papier-mâché or clay figurines.
Thus, art was already playing a major role when at the age of 12 I made a concrete decision to turn it into my lifelong pursuit. I began my formal training at Taras Shevchenko State Art School in Kiev. The school offered several programs, including painting, sculpture, architecture and decorative arts. For me the choice was obvious. The directness of three-dimensional art along with the unique freedom it gives for creative expression ultimately inspired me to join the sculpture class.
The curriculum was based on a centuries-long tradition of academic training. It included an extensive study of human form, with a strong reliance on the works from antiquity and the old masters.
While still in high school I began researching art universities for my further education. That led me to discover The Florence Academy of Art. Their emphasis on professional craftsmanship and high level of instruction convinced me to move to Florence and enroll in the full-time Sculpture Program. As a student I received a substantial support from a number of institutions such as The International Arts & Culture Group (TIAC), The Art Renewal Center and The Florence Academy of Art itself through the assigned work-study position and various scholarships.
In addition, in 2016 I was selected to collaborate with the director of the Painting Program at the Florence Academy of Art, Ramiro Sanchez, creating the model of a large marble statue for the interior design of St. Bede Catholic Church in Williamsburg, Virginia.
In 2017 I successfully completed my studies at The Florence Academy of Art, having been awarded the prize of Sculpture of the Year (see The Fall of a Sparrow).
Over the years my work has been recognized by several international organizations including The Alpine Fellowship, Aesthetica Magazine, The Society of Portrait Sculptors, Ostrale Biennale and the European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona, Spain.
My sculptures may be found in private collections throughout Europe, USA and South America.
Since graduating from the academy, I've been running an independent artistic practice in Florence, Warsaw and Berlin. Currently I am based in Frankfurt, Germany.
Lately more of my efforts are directed towards teaching activity. Driven by gratitude for all the input and encouragement from my own mentors, I feel motivated to pass the great tradition on to other aspiring artists.
2010 – 2014
Taras Shevchenko State Art School, Kiev, Ukraine
2014 – 2017
The Florence Academy of Art, Sculpture Program, Florence, Italy
The Florence Academy of Art, open studio exhibition, Florence, Italy
“Le Cinque Anime della Scultura”, Studio Tablinum, Como, Italy
Figurativas Painting and Sculpture Competition, European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM), Barcelona, Spain
Context Art Miami, Miami, Fl, USA
MArteLive Biennale, Rome, Italy
Forwart Magazine Launch Event and Art Exhibition, Milan, Italy
FACE2018, Society of Portrait Sculptors Annual Exhibition, London, UK
Alpine Fellowship Symposium, Cini Foundation, Venice, Italy
13th International Art Renewal Center Salon Exhibition, European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM), Barcelona, Spain
Modern and Contemporary Sculpture, Desa Unicum auction house, Warsaw, Poland
“Fresh Legs” exhibition, Galleri Heike Arndt DK, Berlin, Germany
Ostrale Biennale Exhibition for Contemporary Art, Dresden, Germany
Solo Exhibition, Galerie Margareta Friesen, Dresden, Germany
Awards & Achievements
The Art Renewal Center Scholarship, 1st place award for the 2015/16 academic year
The International Arts & Culture Group (TIAC), merit-based scholarship for the 2015/16 academic year at the Florence Academy of Art
Collaboration with Angel Ramiro Sanchez and Emanuele Barsanti in Pietrasanta, Italy on the marble statue of St. Joseph for the interior design of St. Bede Catholic Church in Williamsburg, VA, USA
The Art Renewal Center Scholarship, 1st place award for the 2016/17 academic year
The Florence Academy of Art, work-study scholarship for the 2016/17 academic year
MArteLive Biennale in Rome, Italy, 1st place award in Sculpture
The Florence Academy of Art, award for the Sculpture of the Year
Aesthetica Art Prize, long-list selection
13th annual Art Renewal Center International Salon Competition, Finalist and Honorable Mention
Society of Portrait Sculptors Annual Exhibition, Finalist
Alpine Fellowship Visual Arts Prize, 1st place award
GlogauAIR, Artist-in-Residence Program, Berlin, Germany
Rome Art Residencies, position of a resident artist, Rome, Italy
Alpine Fellowship Visual Arts Prize, Finalist
14th annual Art Renewal Center International Salon Competition, 3rd place award and Honorable Mention