I was born in Odessa, Ukraine shortly after the disillusion of the Soviet Union and emigrated with my family to the United States at age ten as political refugees.
Working primarily in painting, but also in installation, performance, video and social practice, I've spent my career attempting to reveal the constructs that shape how we see conflict and call attention to the humanity that gets lost in grand political narratives.
My work has been exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Soho Fluorescent Festival in London, the HK Art Fair with Mendes Wood Gallery in Hong Kong, the Museo Villa Bardini in Florence, and many more. I have had the opportunity to create several public art projects including murals for the City of Flint, Michigan, as well as the Autocom Dealership in Oakland, and the city of Dunedin, Florida.
In 2019 I started Art for Civil Discourse (ACD), a project that supports the creation of artwork that brings communities together to spark conversation. In 2020, I founded Paint the Void and Safety Net Fund as a response to life in time of Covid-19.
Since 2021, I've taken on the role of Director of MobileCoin Art where I currently run the Private Practice Art Residency
alongside LA based writer and curator Andrew Berardini. My focus is currently on Spiritual Armor
and fundraising for body armor for the people of Ukraine.