I graduated from the Sorbonne University in Paris, where I was awarded a PhD for my thesis on Aesthetic Renewal of the art of Tapestry, with a focus on the spiritual traditions of Folk Art. I am an artist who follows the traditional way of tapestry weaving, based on the skills developed by French Medieval masters.
I was able to do this because in the Russian academic system within which I was initially educated, artists are rigorously taught the skills of the Old Masters. However, we are taught to use those skills to create art works with intrinsic deep humanity that will stay with you for a long time.
I studied the techniques and conceptions of Russian religious art. I was made aware of the contributions of East European artists to modern visual art, including such deeply spiritual figures as Chagall, Kandinsky, and Malevich. In my work I tried to synthesize these traditions, forcing the viewer to enter my invented world and to experience a new world of his or her own.