I was born and raised in Minsk, Belorussia .
After high school I went to study in the small town of Vitebsk. Being 17 years old and alone in non familiar city forced me to take a closer look to a typical grey town of Soviet Russian era. When I found out that Mark Chagall was born and work there, I realized that the surroundings did not create the artist. An artist has to recreate the world around by seeing the beauty and uniqueness that may otherwise be hidden in the mediocrity around.
I received my Masters Degreefrom the Belorussian University and worked in fashion design for a decade through the Belorussian Fashion Centre.
In 1990, following the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown, I immigrated to Canada, where I reside with my family. I am a full time artist, combining my time between painting, private teaching and volunteering.
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