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Ulyana Smakova on taiteilija Kazakstanista asuva Suomessa Taidekeskus Järvilinnassa.
Ulyana syntyi Kazakstanissa, ja hän on kulkenut sieltä pitkän tien ennen kuin löysi itsensä Suomesta veden ja metsän muotoihin ihastuneena. Hänen suosimansa työtapa on öljyvärit ja palettiveitsi, mutta hän rakastaa myös kokeiluja akryyliväreillä ja vesiväreillä erilaisten maalauspaperien kanssa. Ulyana löytää inspiraationsa luonnosta, ihmisistä ja kulttuureista.
Before she came to Finland, she changed several professional fields from a kindergarten teacher and seller to a professional Japanese language translator and a secretary in the embassy of Japan in her country. In her 40ths, she ended up in Finland, planning to improve her skills in the field of international communication. However, life changed plans, and she decided to stay in this country for a longer time as a professional artist.
She started painting as soon as she moved to Finland in 2016. The radical changes in life, the language barrier and social exclusion during the first month of immigration on the one hand, and the sense of security and inner freedom she unexpectedly felt here, the other hand, gave her the energy and inspiration to paint. On a garage sale, she bought an old set of oil paints and two canvases for 1 euro. A friend gave her a palette knife, and since she did not have any brushes, she began to paint using only a palette knife starting the same day. During the first year, she painted about 30 small-scaled landscapes.
"That was a special period in my life, when I was in dire need of rethinking my previous experience and searching for directions where to go next. Painting helped me to concentrate on my thoughts.
I am a self-taught artist. My main areas are impressionism and expressionism. I paint with oil, acrylic and watercolor. I like to experiment with medias and different types of paper.
Now art is my main activity and I consider myself as a professional artist."

Membership:
Helsinki International Artists’ Association
Union of Finnish Art Associations
Globe Art Point

Solo exhibitions
November 2020 HIAA Annual Exhibition (Helsinki International Artists' Association), Art space Asbestus, Helsinki
16 September – 11 October 2020 “What is behind those mountaons?”, Taidekeskus Järvilinna
3 March – 29 March 2020 "Three countries", Äänekoskenkaupunginkirjaston Hoikkasaali, Äänekoski (closwed 16th of March due to COVID-19 lockdown)
8 January – 1 February 2020 ”Tangle of Fears”, Palkki Gallery, Palokkakirjasto, Jyväskylä
27 May – 26 June 2019 “Reimagining identity”, Matara Käytävä Galleria, Civic activities center Matara, Jyväskylä

Group exhibitions
1 – 20 August 2017 ”Our Vaasa”, Atelje Torni, Vaasa, Finland

Grants
2020 Kansan Sivistysrahasto

Tunnisteet: Smakovaart, lahjaidea, maalaus, öljymaalaus, maisema, abstract, landscape, Finnish artist, Finland