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Elena Samborskaja

Born: 1959

Hometown: Volgograd

Based in: Volgogradskaja oblast'

I became an artist because my grandmother, a graduate of the women's gymnasium in 1916, believed that a young woman should know all the arts. As a result, I entered the children's art school, and emerged four years later with the ability to draw a plaster head of an ancient god, paint a still life, and with the question, what to do now? Most of my friends went to art colleges in other cities, but my parents didn't want to risk such a life for their only child. So I finished public school and, in 1976, entered an architectural institute.

I worked as an architectural designer in the eighties, with its endless technical drawing, until some years later when I made time for more creative work. When I understood that architecture was not for me, I began the road of trial and error, but at least it was my own road.

Besides shows in Volgograd and other Russian cities, in the early nineties, my work was shown abroad for the first time and sold in Italy. In 1992, I accompanied 15 of my canvases to Germany for the ART HAMBURG show. This was the first opportunity to compare my work with that of other artists in an international exhibition, where half of my works were sold. Other successful trips to Europe followed.

During the continual process of learning, studying art and the history of art, I found myself under the spell of first one artist and then another. As a child, I fell in love with the characters in the novels of Irving Stone's THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY and DEAR THEO about the lives of Michelangelo and Van Gogh. In my youth, I tried to copy the artists who charmed me most, but these were stopovers on the path to find my own way. I was, at times, sick with measles and chickenpox, just as I was sick with the French impressionists and the Russian avant-garde of the 1920-30s. I still admire the models of Renoir and the creative road of Malevich as much as I did when young. The personality of Picasso shocked with its scale. Dali - a unique volume among the collection of volumes of my favourite artists, op-art with Andy Warhol as a leader, Russian socialist art - all of it beautiful and worth attention. It is necessary to find, examine and separate your unique voice from among those beautiful, strong voices, and that is exactly what I am busy doing.


Elena Samborskaja In The Studio

The third photo was taken in my studio in the basement, which, according to the documents, was also a shelter in case of war. My husband and I spent a happy quarter of a century there and were very sad when we had to move out of there.The first picture is a small room. where I work now. It can be seen that with the decrease in the area of the workshop, the size of my works also decreased.

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More About Elena Samborskaja

Question IconWhat inspires you?

I really love to observe what is happening around me, and I think I portray it in my work. I really like to wander around the most ordinary places with a camera, and a walk often turns into an exciting visual adventure.

Question IconWhat are 3 words that best describe your work?

observation imagination fantasy

Question IconWho are some artists that have influenced your work?

My best friends in the art world are Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Kazimir Malevich, Salvador Dali, Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

Question IconWhat is the most important tool when creating your work?

I like to work in mixed media and love any high-quality tools. Especially watercolor, pens, markers

Question IconWhere do you go for inspiration?

I was lucky enough to teach children to draw at the Art School for several years, and I think I learned a lot from them.

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