1. Give us a personal background on yourself? (Where are you from, where do you reside, what’s your preferred medium? Are you a cat or dog person? We want to know!)

Originally I am from Siberia, Russia. I grew up on a farm surrounded by animals and forest. I loved travelling from an early age and my favorite place to travel to was the Black Sea in Russia. That was probably one of the reasons I fell in love with Miami, its great weather and the ocean. 

2. How did you first start your journey towards becoming an artist?

My interest in Visual Art started very early, when I was kid. I had a film camera and took photos with my mom. We had a dark room where we developed the photos ourselves.  I took photos of everything I saw, family, friends, all the animals on the farm I grew up at. Then it stopped, I went to Law school and I got back to it when I moved to Miami. 

3. When was the first time you really saw yourself as an artist?

I went to Broadcasting school in Miami and wanted to be a reporter, but fell in love with camera work. I started making documentaries that were winning multiple awards nationally and internationally. I created several photo exhibitions in Russia and the US. I have been telling people that I was a yoga teacher (I was at that time) until I saw myself on the covers of some magazines here in Miami and in Russia, and was invited to multiple TV shows and saw myself on the news in Russia, and was honored to see how my exhibitions attract so many people… then I thought how wonderfulit is to be recognized for what you do as a passion and never introduced myself as a yoga teacher again… it was 3 years ago. From then on I have been a visual artist.

Originally I am from Siberia, Russia. I grew up on a farm surrounded by animals and forest. I loved travelling from an early age and my favorite place to travel to was the Black Sea in Russia. That was probably one of the reasons I fell in love with Miami, its great weather and the ocean. 

2. How did you first start your journey towards becoming an artist?

My interest in Visual Art started very early, when I was kid. I had a film camera and took photos with my mom. We had a dark room where we developed the photos ourselves.  I took photos of everything I saw, family, friends, all the animals on the farm I grew up at. Then it stopped, I went to Law school and I got back to it when I moved to Miami. 

3. When was the first time you really saw yourself as an artist?

I went to Broadcasting school in Miami and wanted to be a reporter, but fell in love with camera work. I started making documentaries that were winning multiple awards nationally and internationally. I created several photo exhibitions in Russia and the US. I have been telling people that I was a yoga teacher (I was at that time) until I saw myself on the covers of some magazines here in Miami and in Russia, and was invited to multiple TV shows and saw myself on the news in Russia, and was honored to see how my exhibitions attract so many people… then I thought how wonderfulit is to be recognized for what you do as a passion and never introduced myself as a yoga teacher again… it was 3 years ago. From then on I have been a visual artist.

4. What do you think new artists struggle with the most nowadays?
Finding themselves, being afraid to experience and being judged.

5. How did you learn how to set a price on your art/craft?
It took me awhile to set up a price and increase it with time. We invest so much time and money to get where we are and to move forward. Some say you should check out what other photographers / videographers charge in the are and go from there. I disagree, you have to set up your price no matter what others charge. I charge my fee and get clients because they want to get “ my art” and are willing to pay for it.

6. What has been your favorite piece that you’ve created?
It changes every photoshoot / video creation…

7. Who’s one of your biggest sources of inspiration right now?

Art in general… paintings, statues, films…

8. If you could pick one of your pieces to represent you as a person, which one would it be and why?

My self-portrait. I created it by playing with the lights at home. Every person is individual, like this set-portrait.. you can never replicate it… ever… that is how that art should be … unique.

9. What has been your happiest moment as an artist?

Seeing my first self-published coffee-table book of the shelves of “Books&Books” and the opening of my first multi-sensory exhibition in Russia “Faces and Voices of Cuba” where there was huge line to get to a museum to see my work.

10. Have you ever made any mistakes in the industry that have taught you a valuable lesson?

We make mistakes all the time. Nobody is perfect. Just learn from it and move on. Ther mistake I can think of at the moment ….mmmm… not signing the contract on a big project and not getting fully paid…

11. If you were a dessert, what dessert would you be and why?
Salted caramel ice cream. Because I like it 🙂

12. What kind of music do you like to listen to when you work?
Depending on the shoot, it is different all the time. I like setting up the mood according to the shoot.