Flamingo by Sasha Sokolova

Sasha Sokolova


Born in Moscow in 1990 into a family of artists, Sasha Sokolova was accepted into the Sergey Andriyaki School of Watercolour and Fine Arts in Moscow aged nine and won scholarships from the V. Spivakov fund and Young Talents Fund.  She has also done courses in miniature enamel painting.

In 2005, she graduated with honours and in 2015 completed a Masters of Fine Arts at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography. After graduation she was selected as one of the artists to create the first fully painted feature film "Loving Vincent" and the only one from Russia.

Aside from solo exhibitions in 2017, Sasha has participated in various group exhibitions in Russia and abroad.
Her works are in private collections around the world, including Australia, Canada, United States, Great Britain, Spain, France, Finland, Belgium, Poland and Russia.

Sasha lives and works between Moscow and Barcelona.

Artist statement

I was born into a creative family and knew from the start that I would become an artist. My grandfather was a professional painter trained in the classical Soviet system and he taught me drawing and painting from the time I could hold a brush. We used to go out together into the field and I liked to explore nature using my pencils and paints. He was a strict teacher which at the time I didn’t like but I appreciate that now as the discipline was an important balance to my artistic nature. At the same time I was studying music so I was brought up to understand harmony and to love art.

As well as studying the classical multilayer techniques of watercolour painting and drawing, I also did courses in miniature enamel painting, mural painting and etching. These painstaking activities taught me to love and to develop detail and that is still a feature of my work today, whether working in oil on a large canvas, or a simple sketch on a train.

After completing my schooling, I enrolled at the Gerasimov All-Russian State University of Cinematography. Here, I specialised in costume design with an emphasis was on imagination and self-expression. This gave me a broader arts education, not only the academic discipline in painting and drawing techniques but also the practical application in cinema – from modelling and dress making to styling and participating in the whole production process.

More recently, I’ve been fortunate enough to travel throughout Europe, Africa and Australia which has sparked all of my current work. The excitement of new landscapes, cities, and cultures have inspired me to capture my feelings from these travels, especially the colours of Southern Europe, and the rhythm of daily life. I continue to experiment across different media and produce work in the field as my grandfather taught me, and on return in the studio. I am happiest with my backpack of materials, sitting on a rock or in a corner out of sight, observing and recording these moments.

Local shows

Sztuka Wyboru, Gdansk, Poland - Exhibition 13/10/17 - 08/11/17
Vinogradov gallery, Berlin, Germany - Exhibition 11/11/17 - 11/12/17

Sasha Sokolova - Album: Noahs Ark

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