Ksenija is an emerging watercolor artist. She expresses her ideas through the prism of realistic subjects, letting the color and light guide the viewer into the realm of emotions, memories and dreams.
Traveling extensively, often by herself, has taught her to connect to cities in a very personal way, making architecture one of her favorite subjects. She paints the cities not as they are today — or as they ever existed — but as they live in her recollections intertwined with fantasies and daydreams.
Photo by Nasti Davydova
This is achieved by combining representation and abstraction. The use of watercolor in both transparent and opaque ways accentuates the contrast between dark and light and gives the cityscapes a more ambiguous look, when one is not sure what is real and what isn't.
Ksenija was born in Moscow, Russia in 1985. She moved to study abroad at the age of 22 and has been a wanderer since then. She showed interest in art since an early age, but out of practical considerations initially chose a different career path. Once life brought her to Italy, she rediscovered her passion for painting which she cherished ever since. Ksenija later specialized in watercolor and printmaking at The Art League school in Alexandria, USA, where she first started exhibiting her work in group shows. She also studied under several acknowledged artists, including Joseph Zbukvic, Susan Abbott, and others.
Ksenija is currently based in Geneva, Switzerland. Her work is in private collections in the U.S., Belgium, France, Italy, Russia and Switzerland, and has been admitted to juried shows.
JURIED/CURATED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Ideas are forms of life, Rossocinabro Gallery, Rome, Italy
MAG Contemporary Art Fair, Montreux, Switzerland
Exposition d’Aquarell’Nyon, Nyon, Switzerland
International Watercolor Contest “Premio Tlaloc”, Mexico
IWS India OlympiArt, India (mention of honor)
2nd International Watercolor Biennale Kipus-Bolivia “Lights of the World”, Bolivia
Watercolor Art Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
IWS Indonesia 3rd International Watercolor Exhibition, Bali, Indonesia
International Youth Festival of Watercolor, Plovdiv, Bulgaria (nominated for awards)
FabrianoinAquarello, Fabriano, Italy
A Symphony in Watercolour, Canada (online component of the exhibition)
1st International Watercolor Festival in the Czech Republic, Prague Czech Republic (selected among the 100 best paintings in the show)
May 2017 Open Exhibit, The Art League Gallery, Alexandria USA
Student-Faculty Show, The Art League Gallery, Alexandria USA (not juried)
MinMax Show, The Art League Gallery, Alexandria USA