BIO & STATEMENT

Sofiya was born in Moscow in 1998 and is currently based in New York City where she attends School of Visual Arts majoring in illustration.

 

Art is my way of communicating stories independent of the need for words. I have developed a personal vision based on intimate moments of my life as a means to draw commentary about complex yet commonly relatable ideas. Some examples of my recent bodies of work would be questioning the definition of art by finding artistic processes in everyday life, defining the impact art has on the creator, and discussing the sense of belonging in the context of immigration. Creating images layered with narratives helps me to escape the limits of speaking language. Experimental and dynamic, my work captures situations that invite the audience to explore them and question how the story and their interpretation of it are related to them. 

 

 

I use a maximalist approach in my art, and rendering richly intricate details to load my pieces with information allows me to provide the viewer with an opportunity to discover new aspects every time they look at my work. The subject matter defines the choice of the materials I use, that can vary from traditional oil paint to flowers and aluminum mesh. Over the last couple of years, I found myself mostly fond of oil painting. My main source of inspiration is the process of creating itself: I consider every new piece an opportunity to challenge my skills, escape from the comfort zone, and find the best way to convey an idea or a story.

EDUCATION

2017-present

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 

           

AWARDS & GRANTS

2018

Special Presidential Grant

School of Visual Arts

2017

Arts for Life! Award

Special Presidential Grant

School of Visual Arts

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

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

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