ABOUT

Sofiya was born in Moscow in 1998 and is now based in New York City where she attends New York Academy of Art for her MFA. 

 

Sofiya has developed a personal vision based on intimate moments of her life as a means to draw commentary about complex yet commonly relatable ideas. The focuses of some of her recent series are exploring the duality of lives of New York City nightlife performers in the time of pandemic isolation or discussing the sense of belonging in the context of immigration. A lot of her art draws inspiration from her experience of immigrating to New York from Russia and discovering a new more open-minded culture she was not exposed to before. The vibrant artistic community she was immersed into in the US often becomes the subject of her mainly figurative paintings. In her work, Sofiya wants to create a connection between Russian humanistic tradition of painting and contemporary themes of urban living in a Western megapolis. Growing up in such vastly different backgrounds inspires her to express all of the influences she encountered on her path and show the vulnerability that unites the people in both worlds.

 

Sofiya prefers oil paint as her main material due to its ability to convey light and intricate color relations through the layering of transparencies. She often uses dramatic lighting in her work to navigate the viewer’s attention through the paintings and create a story by establishing a hierarchy between depicted objects. Her work is mostly representational, and she tends to include many details into compositions to add layers of narrative to her work and allow each element to tell its own story. 

EDUCATION

2021-present

New York Academy of Art - MFA Painting

111 Franklin St, New York, NY 10013, United States

2017-2021

School of Visual Arts - BFA Illustration

209 E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

 

2015-2017

Miami Arts Charter School

95 NW 23rd St, Miami, FL 33127

Institute of Contemporary Art Young Artists Initiative

4040 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33137

 

2016

School of Visual Arts Pre-College Illustration Program

209 E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

 

2015

Miami International Institute of Art & Design Drawing & Illustration Course

1501 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 100 

           

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AWARDS & GRANTS

2021

Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship

Award in Memory of Effie Bowie

Alumni Scholarship Award

School of Visual Arts

 

2017-2021

Special Presidential Grant

School of Visual Arts

2017

Arts for Life! Award

CIA 2D3D Competition

Honorable Mention

Doctor Aromas Foundation Competition

Honorable Mention

Florida State Fair

Senior Portfolio Competition

2nd Place

 

2016

YoungArts Winner

Honorable Mention in Visual Arts

AP Art Showcase 1st Place Award

For "Pollock Cake"

"Venice in Art" International Casanova- Arts Lover Award

For "The Fragility of a Bath Bomb Explosion"

 

2015

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention

EXHIBITIONS

2021

Partitions

Juried Online Exhibition, SVA Galleries,

New York, NY

2020

Man Made Monsters

Juried Online Exhibition, SVA Galleries,

New York, NY

2019

Mirrored Display

Juried Exhibition, SVA Gramercy Gallery,

New York, NY

University of Rome Tor Vergata Exposition

Group Show, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy

3rd PCU Drawing Contest 2018

Group Show, Antwerp, Belgium

The Greenpoint Gallery Group Show

Group Show, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

The Lower East Side Art Show 

Juried Exhibition, Dacia Gallery, New York, NY

 

2018

The "Be" Event

Group Show, The Living Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Catalysts In The Morning Dew 

Juried Exhibition, SVA Gramercy Gallery,

New York, NY

First Offerings: A Selection Of First-Year Paintings

Group Show, SVA Flatiron Gallery, New York, NY

 

2017

Young Artists Initiative Spring Exhibition 

Group Show, Institute of Contemporary Art,

Miami, FL

Art Of Aromas Competition Exhibition

Group Show, Miami Arts Charter School, Homestead, FL

YoungArts Miami

Group Show, YoungArts Foundation, Miami, FL

Florida State Fair Juried Exhibition

Group Show, Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, FL

 

2016

Young Artists Initiative Fall Exhibition

Group Show, Institute of Contemporary Art,

Miami, FL

Urgent Inc Art Basel Show

Group Show, Historic Ward Rooming House Gallery, Miami, FL

2016 Juried Winter Exhibition

Group Show, Miami Arts Charter Gallery, Miami, FL

End of Program Exhibition

Group Show, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

AP Art Showcase

Group Show, Miami Dade College, Miami, FL

MAC@BAC

Group Show, Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami, FL

Works in Progress

Group Show, Wynwood Building #13, Miami, FL

Scholastic Awards Regional Exhibition

Rubell Collection, Miami, FL