I am a Sioux Falls artist working with mixed mediums to create intensity through saturated colors, high contrast, and movement. I like to have many tools - stencils, pens, charcoal, photographs - within reach while I work intuitively and quickly. My recent work was distinctively influenced by the time I lived in the Albuquerque/Santa Fe area, during which I studied under artist Janet Bothne and shifted toward abstract expressionism in my work.
As a greater body of work, my art is heavily influenced by my family history. A first generation immigrant from Ukraine, my direct and indirect experience of traumatic loss and suffering colors my work’s intensity. I studied at Augustana University where I found studio work to be a sanctuary to make sense of the stark contrast between the experienced suffering and the promised hope found in my spiritual beliefs.
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Born in Kiev, Ukraine 1988
Moved to Sioux Falls, SD 1990
Bachelors in Art, Psychology from Augustana College, 2012
Moved to Albuquerque, NM 2014
Returned to Sioux Falls, SD 2016
2017 Sioux Falls Arts Council, Featured Artist, Sioux Falls, SD, Solo Show
2016 Calle del Ranchero Private Gallery, Albuquerque, NM, Solo Show
2013 Museum of Visual Materials, Sioux Falls, SD, group show
2012-2013 Coffea Roasterie Art Gallery, Sioux Falls, SD
2012 Augustana Senior Art Show, Eide/Dalrymple Gallery, Sioux Falls, SD, Juried by Augustana Art Department Faculty
2011 Washington Pavilion University Invitational, Sioux Falls, SD, Juried by Jodi Lundgren, group show
2011 Eide/Dalrymple Gallery Summer Invitational, Sioux Falls, SD, Juried by Augustana Art Department Faculty, group show
2010 Eide/Dalrymple Gallery Summer Invitational, Sioux Falls, SD, Juried by Augustana Art Department Faculty, group show
2012 Augustana Purchase Award, Eide/Dalrymple gallery, “Daily Bread XII”