If you feel comfortable, tell us about the struggles you have had either as an artist, or in the process of creating your work, and how you overcame them.

I have a lot of experience with struggling, both in my life and in the process of creativity. After graduating from university, I paid a lot of attention to the development of my skills and my education. Later had a lot of financial problems. I had a very hard life due to the lack of sponsors, the lack of a workshop, and normal living conditions. moved from Russia to the USA. In United States I had no support and was forced to work, apart from art, to survive. Only recently I had a chance to improve my life. I dream to bring all my energy, and talent, in the creation of my artworks.

Tell us about your artistic style?

Unlike many artists, I do not create in the same style. I want to try different styles. I am also trying to develop new approaches and styles in art. It would be very boring for me to make my artworks similar, like each other. Therefore, I have a wide range of styles, from surrealism, symbolism to cubism. But in many of my artworks, you can see the combination of several styles, for example, surrealism and cubism, and so on.

When did you realize that you were an artist?

From early childhood, I wanted to become an artist. I began to achieve my goal, when I started studying at art school, age 12. I was 26 years old when I first participated in an exhibition, together with many famous artists. Many of these artists noticed my paintings and I got good reviews. I felt, then, that I had become a professional artist.

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“The events of my life, my thoughts, are motivating me to express myself. When I do not do my paintings for a long time, I feel dismally. For me, life without creativity is very dull and gray. Art is my life expression. Creating art is my purpose, but I also want to be successful in my profession, like many creative people do.”

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