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Watercolor on paper
Dimensions: 21cm (H) x 21cm (W) / 8.3" (H) x 8.3" (W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
"I have always painted energetically; one could even say – impatiently. Early on, I concluded that when one paints, one should be lively, daring, bold! As a result, my style was destined to become expressionistic. By applying quick, colourful strokes, I infuse the canvas with energy and do not allow my ardour towards the subject matter to cool down, whatever I paint – be it a person, a still life or a landscape. This attitude may be influenced by the hot climate and the Central Asian mentality I grew up with.
My work is reminiscent of the traditions of impressionism and post-impressionism. For some years, I have been obsessed by the desire to combine the highly technical Soviet school of painting, which is underpinned by solid drawing skills and a serious attitude towards the model, with the ease, vibrance and spontaneity of impressionists. This symbiosis has become crucial in my depiction of people.
Naturally, I am attracted by oriental motifs, ornaments and vivid colours. However, after having lived in the gloomy and elegant St. Petersburg for 8 years, I developed a penchant for simplicity and clarity that helped me to balance the energetic ornateness that I already had. This is how naive still lives appeared in my vocabulary, lyrical odes to the simplicity of form and colour. Finally, I realized something important about my art - I do not want to define it narrowly, because life always includes some form of duality. I prefer to be in a state of constant search, uncertainty, looking for novel ways of expression. For me, this duality constitutes the very essence of my art: on one hand, I paint with energy, leaning towards an embellished tradition; on the other, I am deliberate and contemplative, looking beyond the surface."
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Hometown: Karaganda, Kazakhstan
Based in: Almaty
Yaroslava is a professional artist, born in Kazakhstan in 1989.
In 2009 she graduated from the Karaganda Art College with a Specialty Diploma in decorative arts. She pursued her education at the prestigeous Repin Institute for Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in St.Petersburg, Russia, from which he graduated in 2016. During her formative years, she has studied from the celebrated generation of Russian masters such as Professors Kalyuta, Petrov and Mogilevtsev to name a few.
Yaroslava participates in national and international art exhibitons and has held a number of solo shows. Her work can be found in private collections around the world. She currently lives and creates in in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
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