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Rika Kova

Rika Kova

Born: 1993

Hometown: Abakan

Based in: Chicago

RIKA KOVA is a Chicago-based artist and sculptor who mainly focuses on ceramics. She was born in a small town in Southern Siberia, close to the border with Mongolia, Kazakhstan, and China. Being surrounded by different Asian cultures and growing up close to nature, she finds her inspiration in her travels, spends a lot of time outdoors, exploring new lands and learning about new cultures. The interest in art was cultivated during her teenage years, however, the scientific and mathematical part of her personality, dragged Rika to get her first degree in Economics. In her early 20s, Rika immigrated to the US where she further developed her artistic skills, received an associate degree in Art and Design from the Community College of Philadelphia, and later her Bachelors of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


3 works for sale

Undiscovered

Rika Kova, Russia

Sculpture

$ 3,000

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I Still Carry You With Me (I) by Rika Kova

Rika Kova, Russia

Sculpture

$ 2,000

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The Cairn. Time Is Everything and Nothing. by Rika Kova

Rika Kova, Russia

Sculpture

$ 5,000

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Rika Kova In The Studio

"Time is everything and nothing. Working with clay brings me peace. The ego leaves the mind. The mind leaves the physical world. Living in the moment: not knowing where the shape would take me, and not being able to change what clay has given me in the past. You learn how to appreciate what you were given, how to build something from scratch, how to accept things when they are imperfect."

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More About Rika Kova

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What inspires you?

Weird shapes, sells under the microscope, music, traveling, hiking in the mountains.

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Describe your creative process.

Spontaneous, sometimes with no planning, going with the flow, and trusting the process.

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What are 3 words that best describe your work?

Flow, mind, body.

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Who are some artists that have influenced your work?

Ken Prince, Isamu Noguchi, Constantin Brancusi, Hans Arp.

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What is the most important tool when creating your work?

Hands and scraper tool.

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What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

Apologize only once. A mistake done twice is a decision.

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Where do you go for inspiration?

Dreams, mountains, studio.


Credentials

Education

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

United States of America, 2021

Community College of Philadelphia

United States of America, 2020

Siberian Institute of Management

Russia, 2013

Exhibitions

The Flashback

2021

Bridges

2019

Art Exhibition at CCP

2019

Awards

CARES Grant

2021

SAIC Presidential Scholarship

2020

SAIC Support Grant

2020

SAIC Transfer Partner Award

2020

NCECA Multicultural Fellowship

2019

Matriculated College Student Scholarship

2018

Education

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

United States of America, 2021

Community College of Philadelphia

United States of America, 2020

Siberian Institute of Management

Russia, 2013

Exhibitions

The Flashback

2021

Bridges

2019

Art Exhibition at CCP

2019

Awards

CARES Grant

2021

SAIC Presidential Scholarship

2020

SAIC Support Grant

2020

SAIC Transfer Partner Award

2020

NCECA Multicultural Fellowship

2019

Matriculated College Student Scholarship

2018

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