BIO

I  was born in August  1967 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.  During World War 2 the city became a destination for people from different corners of the former Soviet Union.  Writers and workers, scientists and government officials, party bosses and peasants lived side by side.  Evacuees from Russia, Ukraine and Moldavia, from the annexed territories of Eastern Poland and the Baltic states, were looking for shelter, often to save their lives.  So I grew up in an atmosphere of tolerance and respect for other cultures.

I have always been surrounded by artists, musicians, actors and book lovers.  My father was himself an artist, and my mother encouraged reading, theatre trips, concerts, home plays and artistic endeavours.

As I grew older I spent a lot of time in my father’s studio surrounded by artists.   Some of them, my father included, became my mentors.  I always knew I wanted to be an artist, and started my journey at an art college as a 14 year old, later graduating from the Benkov College of Arts in Tashkent,  and then gaining my Bachelor of Arts from Saint Petersburg University (then called Leningrad).

In 1989 I migrated to Australia, and became a citizen in 1991.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts, Saint Petersburg University

 

Solo Exhibitions

2012 – St Kilda Town Hall, St Kilda, Australia

2010 – Malvern Town Hall, Malvern, Australia

2009 – Dogs Bar, St Kilda, Australia

2004 – ‘Fantastic Universe’ Goya Galleries, Docklands, Australia

1996 – ‘Self Expression’, The Jackman Gallery, St Kilda, Australia

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013 – Gallery 9, Collingwood, Australia

2011 – Studio 106, St Kilda, Australia

2008 – ‘From Down Under & Beyond’ Agora Gallery, New York, USA

2005 – Temple Gallery, Sorrento, Australia

1996 – Linden Gallery, St Kilda, Australia

1996 – Art Gallery, Brunswick, Australia

1995 – Linden Gallery, St Kilda, Australia

1995 – Caulfield Art Centre, Caulfield, Australia

1994 – Linden Gallery, St Kilda, Australia

1994 – Caulfield Art Centre, Caulfield, Australia

1993 – Linden Gallery, St Kilda, Australia

1989 – Gorky Street Gallery, St Petersburg, Russia

 

PUBLIC COMMISSIONS

1993 – ‘Lady of St Kilda’ spanning the railway bridge, Carlisle St, Balaclava/St Kilda.  Mural/Sculpture commissioned by St Kilda City Council, Melbourne, Australia.  Restored by City of Port Phillip 2014/2015.