What or who inspires you in your career?
I am literally depending on the visual component of life. For example, even going to the store, I notice little details around me. I am inspired by shapes, bends, intersections, the play of objects among themselves. I also really admire the work of avant-garde artists – Kandinsky, Richter, Goncharova.
I am inspired by shapes, bends, intersections, the play of objects among themselves.
How do you choose the subjects of your paintings?
I can’t stop paying attention to little details. Even on the bend of the chair I see the whole composition in it. I think I have a special outlook on life – I instantly visually disassemble the object into parts. Non-ideality also inspires me – I would prefer a not so beautiful, but unique sitter than an ideal model.
What role does your background play in your work?
My mother is an artist and it always motivated me to do art. I did not study at an art school – I studied separately with a teacher, then I entered design classes, where I already developed my own style.
I prefer to work with real materials. Paper, canvas, cardboard, and generally everything you can draw on.
What mediums do you work with?
I prefer to work with real materials. Paper, canvas, cardboard, and generally everything you can draw on. Even when I draw digitally, I start drawing parts of the work on paper, then I scan them and put everything together on the computer.
What’s your favorite place in Vienna?
I probably have two favorite places in Vienna – Erholungsgebiet Steinhofgründe and Neubaugasse – a street of vintage shops and second-hand stores. I also immensely love small cozy Viennese coffee houses.
One last question, how do you spend your day now?
In Moscow there is the regime of self-isolation, so I’m at home all day. It is a great opportunity for me to improve myself. I listen to lectures, watch old films and reflect all the time. Thanks to reflection, I know myself much better, which motivates me to draw even more. I have a lot of ideas and plans that I gradually implement. Currently I have this idea to create an installation, which I am already working on.