Anastasiya was born in Ukraine and immigrated with her parents to NY when she was 14, now she lives and paints in TX with her husband and three kids. Anastasiya has started drawing and painting in her earliest childhood and received figure-based atelier training growing up, she earned her bachelors and masters degrees in architecture from Cooper Union and University of Texas at Arlington. Over that last years she has received additional training studying with established realist painters she admires privately and in workshops. Anastasiya's work is found in private collections across United States as well as Germany, Russia and Ukraine. She has been recognized by National Portrait Society, Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists and others; her work is present in Poets Artists publication. Currently Anastasiya teaches design and drawing studios at University of Texas in Arlington and paints fervently in her studio in Dallas. Anastasiyas portraiture investigates into the realm of human soul looking to capture the idiosyncratic mystery of each individual she paints.
I draw and paint people that possess answers. Currently I capture mothers in search of defining the role of tradition and the extend of personal choice that women actually have in the current age. Secretly I hope to absorb and never let go of the forces that I behold when I paint my beautiful subjects. Realism is my preferred style because I choose to maintain as much integrity to the visual appearance of my subjects as I can. Why? Because I believe that there is a profound interlink between the external and the internal. I believe that an individual deserves every wrinkle on her face. I think that being very curious and very attentive earns you the right to judge a book by its cover. I stare into the eyes of my subjects for many hours and at some point I think I understand them. Maybe I’m delusional, but I enjoy this belief.
01.18-PRESENT. Private study with Scott Waddell.
06.16-10.18. Watt Atelier. Classical Fine Art School.
09.14-06.16. University of Texas at Arlington CAPPA SOA. Masters of Architecture. TX
09.2007-09.2012. The Cooper Union for Advancement of Science and Art. Bachelor of Architecture. NY
09.2005-09.2006. Bennington College. Liberal Arts. VT
09.2003-08.2005. Huntington School of Fine Arts. Studio Art. NY
01.19 Jennifer Balkans Workshop
02.19 Tina Garrett Workshop
07.18-10.18 study with David Kassan and Shana Levenson
05.2014-PRESENT . National Portrait Society
10.2018-PRESENT. Poets Artists
01.2019 . Using Riley Methods for drawing and painting figure. Art Wheel Studio. TX
06.2017-PRESENT. FREELANCE ARTIST . Art practice with teaching.
09.2014-PRESENT. ADJUNCT PROFESSOR . University of Texas at Arlington. Drawing and Design Studios
09.2013-PRESENT. FREELANCE RENDERER . FK Design. Visualization of Architectural ideas.
02.2018-06.2018. INSTRUCTOR . Hull Academy of Art. Taught drawing and composition
09.2012-082013. INSTRUCTOR/TEACHER . Huntington Fine Arts. Taught Drawing, Sculpture, and Painting Classes
09.2009-06.2010. INSTRUCTOR/TEACHER . Cooper Union Saturday Program. Taught Drawing classes to high school students
SHOWS & EVENTS
01.2019. FINALIST. Circle Foundation of the Arts. Artist Of The Year Award.
01.2019. HONARABLE MENTION. Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists. Classical
Portraiture in Digital Age. Bendheim Gallery of the Greenwich Arts Council, CT
01.2019. GROUP SHOW. Portrait Society of America at Chandor Gardens, Weatherford, TX
11.2018. FINALIST. Portrait Society of America Members Only Competition
10.2018. FINALIST. Global Art Awards, Dubai.
06.2018. FACEOFF. Portrait Society of America, Dallas, Overture.
09.2018. GROUP EXHIBIT. Portrait Society of America at Breckenridge Fine Arts Center.
10.2017. FACEOFF. Portrait Society of America, Dallas, Hull Art Academy.
12.2016. FACEOFF. Portrait Society of America, Dallas, Milan Gallery.
05.2016. OPEN JURIES SHOW . 3rd place in Dry Media Category. Trinity Arts Guild, Bedford TX.
06.2015. FINALIST. KROB WORLDWIDE DRAWING COMPETITION . Dallas TX.
06.2015. WINNER OF PAINTING COMISSION. ‘Opera Singer’ Oil on Canvas 5’ x 8’. Private Collection
05.2015. GROUP SHOW . UTA, Arlington, TX
05.2015. PANELIST. At ‘Open City’ book launch by Diane Lewis. MoMA, NY, NY
11.2014. FINALIST. KROB WORLDWIDE DRAWING COMPETITION . Dallas TX.
10.2014. DRAWING FROM THE ARCHIVE . RETROSPECTIVE . Cooper Union . NY, NY.
10.2014. INTERNATIONAL ART FESTIVAL COMPETITION . NY, NY.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
04.2015. HENRY JAMES AWARD . AIA National award for professional and academic promise
09.2014. FULL GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP . University of Texas . Arlington TX. Recipient of the full scholarship and stipend for the graduate professional degree in architecture
05.2006. FULL UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP . Cooper Union . New York NY. Recipient of the full scholarship for undergraduate professional degree in architecture
05.2005. FIRST PLACE NYS FILM COMPETITION: FULL SCHOLARSHIP NYSSSA . Ithaca . New York NY. Recipient of the full scholarship for film school program
05.2003. DRAWING COMPETITION GRAND PRIZE: FULL SCHOLORSHIP HSFA . Huntington . New York NY. Recipient of the full scholorship for art studio program
09.2019. ADORN ME. Poets Artists Publication.
05.2015. OPEN CITY. book by Diane Lewis. NY, NY
Private Collection. Weatherford, TX
Private Collection. Manchester, NH
Private Collection. East Hills, NY
Private Collection. Sea Cliff, NY
Private Collection. Glen Cove, NY
Private Collection. Miami, FL
Private Collection. Moscow, Russia
Private Collection. Plano, TX
Private Collection. Cologne, Germany
Private Collection. Flower Mound, TX
Private Collection. Kendalia, TX
Private Collection. San Antonio, TX
Private Collection. Ora Valley, AZ
Private Collection. NY, NY