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artist statement and cv


There is a different life somewhere out there. Life with early mornings before sunrise when you run outside to get eggs out of the chicken house to make omelets for breakfast. There is a life where you milk a cow before having a glass of milk. A life where you pick the vegetables in the garden for your salad and slaughter the cow if you want meatballs for dinner. There is a life with long evenings by the fire followed by songs and fairytales. There is a life with constant but pleasant troubles and everyday hard work. A happy life though, and happy people.

"...the fact that I was born and raised on a farm in Siberia..."


I was born and raised on a farm in a small town in southern Siberia. Growing up so close to nature and depending on it physically and emotionally forever imbedded the need to be around it. I lived in big cities in the past decade, and after school was over, I craved to go to a much quieter and less crowded place. I moved into a tiny home on wheels and drove around the country for months to "figure out life."


I remember I started school dreaming of becoming a designer but still wanted to be an artist. In my head, those were two completely different things: too precise versus too abstract. Not immediately after graduation, but quite recently I realized that if I am still building and designing at the age of 60, then I am a very lucky human. So, there were no more questions about what I wanted to do in life. Making sculptures helps to reveal my inner state and bring more abstract forms into reality in 3D. At the same time, object design helps to think in favor of humanity: how exactly a given object can make the life of the person holding it better. I want to combine these two together.


Like once upon a time, living on a farm, we tried to use everything we had in everyday life. Nothing was created for no reason, nothing was thrown away, and every object had a second life in it.



2023           SOHO.MBA Certificate, Sales and Marketing, Online

2022           B.F.A. School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2020           A.A. Community College of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

2016            ESL Certificate Harry S Truman College, Chicago, IL

2013            B.A. Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), Russia



2023-now  Ceramic artist and sculptor; Ceramic studio owner, Scottsdale, AZ

2020-2022 Ceramic artist and sculptor, Chicago, IL

2020-2021  Independent art residency and research project:

                              building out a camper van, living on the road full-time, Chicago, IL

2016-2020  Freelance: paintings, sculptures, photography, and wall art, Philadelphia, PA



2019-2020  Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Event planner & host, Chicago, IL

2019             KCRS Foundation: Event planner, Oakland, CA



2021            CARES Grant, Chicago, IL

2020           SAIC Presidential Scholarship, SAIC Support Grant, SAIC Transfer Partner Award, Chicago, IL

2020           PAFA Dean's Scholarship (invited), PAFA Presidential Scholarship (invited), Philadelphia, PA

2019            NCECA Multicultural Fellowship, Cincinnati, Ohio

2018            Matriculated College Student Scholarship at Peters Valley School of Craft, Layton, New Jersey



2021           The Flashback, Sky Lounge at 465 North Park Building, Chicago, IL



2023           Rays of Light, Art D'Core Gala Exhibition by Artlink Inc., Phoenix, AZ

2022           New Exposition, Alma Arts and Interiors, Chicago, IL

2022           EC(H)O Fashion Show, Ada Street, Chicago, IL

2022           Fables, Povos Gallery, Chicago, IL

2022           The Visual Arts Exhibition, Jonh David Mooney Foundation, Chicago, IL

2022           SAIC Senior Undergraduate Exhibition, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL

2022           NCECA Multicultural Fellowship Exhibition, Blue Line Arts Gallery, Roseville, CA

2022           Threaded Together, Alma Arts and Interiors, Chicago, IL

2019            Bridges, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2019            Annual Art Exhibition, Community College of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA



2022           BeMyVan, Humans of Vanlife: Rika Kova’s Story:

2022           NCECA 2022 Catalogue, Multicultural Fellowship Exhibition:




2022           Alma Arts and Interiors, Chicago, IL



2020-2022 Various Private Collections, Chicago, IL

If you are trying to convince yourself to say "yes"

The answer is "no"


If your true inner self says "yes" 

You don't need to convince yourself.

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