I was born in Russia and attended the Moscow School of Fine
Arts, where I studied art history and figure painting and drawing in
the classical realistic tradition, with anatomy studies, and drawing
and painting from life models.
I also studied at the Department of Applied Arts and Design
at Moscow Textile Institute and graduated with a BFA in painting,
textile design and fashion illustration and design in 1977.
Before immigrating to the United States, I spent the summer
of 1981 in Italy, studying art at the greatest museums. To be in Rome,
to spend days in front of the masterpieces in the Vatican and to study
for weeks the works of the Masters was an unforgettable experience.
After moving to Philadelphia, I worked for many years in
design departments of textile and fashion industry companies.
I continued to paint and draw and exhibited at the local art
centers and galleries and in 1998 started working full-time as a
professional figurative artist. At that time my interest in sculpture
grew stronger and I started working in terra cotta.
I went back to school at the Pennsylvania Academy of the
Fine Arts in 2005 to study stone sculpture and figure modeling.
Most of my bronze and stone sculptures, paintings and drawings focus on
the female figure, because portraying women lets me address my own
experiences as a woman, as a mother, lets me reflect on everyday
moments of our lives, share their poetry and their timeless universal
Many of my works are in private and public
collections, majority of
them are small sculptures, pastel figure drawings, and privately
commissioned portraits, several sculptures are public works for church
I have exhibited in numerous
solo and group shows in the Delaware
Valley and in the national and international exhibitions and received
many awards for my works.
Elected member of National Sculpture Society, and a Signature
Status member of the Portrait Society of America.
I live and work in Wilmington, Delaware and teach portrait and figure
drawing and sculpting at the local art centers and at the Delaware
College of Art and Design.