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Biography... "A record of one's life" in Greek... It is a story, a personal narrative of one's being, in other words. But where does my personal story begin? Would it be when my mother brought me to the dance school? Or when my father first introduced me to poetry and music? Or when I stood transfixed at my first sight of the original abstract art of Kandinsky? I am a native Russian, born and raised in Moscow. My fascination with any form of art expression started early on when I fell in love with poetry, dance and later abstract art of Russian avant garde era of the early 20th century. I carried that fascination into my self-necessitated explorations of art when I moved to the USA to pursue the Ph.D in literature. I started learning about and experimenting with painting while at the graduate school, but creating abstract art became a vocation much later in my life. My need to paint was like a whisper in my head that one day needed to manifest itself in a full voice. It is the "voice" whose tonal diversity and amplitude is still only barely etched on the body of my abstract work. As the potential of my creative "voice" expands with time, ranging from an edgy assertion to a controlled scream to a lyrical softness and everything in between; and so does my artistic expression. The syntax of my art language grows and matures like a living organism. And thus the story of my artistic life is only beginning...
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