Anastasia Shimshilashvili

I was born in Moscow in 1987. As a child I fancied becoming a painter. I got accepted into the Moscow State Academy Art Lyceum of The Russian Academy of Arts in 1998. I believe that a large part of my knowledge and skill was developed at the lyceum. There, I was able to develop my skills day in and day out. Studying the History of Art, Anatomy, Perspective, Academic Drawing, Composition, Sculpture and Painting laid the platform of my professional development as a painter. On our field trips, out into the country, we would work tirelessly to improve ourselves. My admiration and attraction towards painting was formed in those years. I was taught that anatomy is key for a painters freedom (to be able to draw in any style). I was also taught that the beauty of color and tone are far more important than detail. Another important thing I learnt was that it is essential to educate oneself with the works of great masters and learn from them, but that it isn’t any less important to learn from friends and colleagues. Standing in the same workshop you learn the strengths and weaknesses of each other, and often you don’t notice something that is obvious to your colleagues. When I was studying at the lyceum, we used to travel to different cities for field trips which were followed by exhibitions. Every three months we would have to exhibit our work. This enabled us to take a fresh look at our work which helped us to see our mistakes and imperfections. In my final exhibition in grade 11 (2005) my work was selected for admission into the Surikov Art Institute, Russian Academy of Arts (I was not required to go through pre-selection).
The Surikov Art Institute was a logical progression of my academic training. I got admitted into the Faculty of Painting and after my 2nd year, I got accepted into the Department of Monumental Art. There, I learnt various material technologies such as making church frescos, mosaics, breadboarding etc. Making frescos gave me great pleasure as it had to be done at one go because of the quick drying of the lime. But I have always been passionate about oil painting. The depth and brightness of color and how the colors mix fascinates me. Various techniques of oil painting from palette knife painting to semi-transparent painting have their charm. Portraits have always been a big part of my creative work. I am fascinated by the diversity of people and their character. The details of peoples clothing which is intricately tied to their cultural background fascinates me as well. Both my diploma works were a series of portraits: 1st Diploma in 2009 ‘India within Me’ (Bachelors) was executed in three different technologies: oil painting, fresco and using priming mixture of alibaster and chalk (ancient technology of icon painting). I wanted to experiment with radically different techniques of depicting a portrait: from classical Russian school of painting, deep and bright, to stylized Indian frescos. My 2nd Diploma in 2011 was ‘Street Musicians’ (Masters) was done with oil paint. I was interested in the personages, their characters and diversity. The series consisted of 3 portraits of musicians from different countries.
Currently, I am residing in the UK and am working on a series called ‘faces of the world’: both graphic art and painting. I am trying different techniques of gilding combined with bright colors or with the complete lack of it. The most important aspect is the character of each personage and tone. I like to work on different pieces with different technologies simultaneously. This way I never get tired of one particular work and I can enjoy diversity during my work. After completing my education I have acquired both the freedom and the time to realize my creativity.

I was born in Moscow in 1987. As a child I fancied becoming a painter. I got accepted into the Moscow State Academy Art Lyceum of The Russian Academy of Arts in 1998. I believe that a large part of my knowledge and skill was developed at the lyceum. There, I was able to develop my skills day in and day out. Studying the History of Art, Anatomy, Perspective, Academic Drawing, Composition, Sculpture and Painting laid the platform of my professional development as a painter. On our field trips, out into the country, we would work tirelessly to improve ourselves. My admiration and attraction towards painting was formed in those years. I was taught that anatomy is key for a painters freedom (to be able to draw in any style). I was also taught that the beauty of color and tone are far more important than detail. Another important thing I learnt was that it is essential to educate oneself with the works of great masters and learn from them, but that it isn't any less important to learn from friends and colleagues. Standing in the same workshop you learn the strengths and weaknesses of each other, and often you don't notice something that is obvious to your colleagues. When I was studying at the lyceum, we used to travel to different cities for field trips which were followed by exhibitions. Every three months we would have to exhibit our work. This enabled us to take a fresh look at our work which helped us to see our mistakes and imperfections. In my final exhibition in grade 11 (2005) my work was selected for admission into the Surikov Art Institute, Russian Academy of Arts (I was not required to go through pre-selection).

The Surikov Art Institute was a logical progression of my academic training. I got admitted into the Faculty of Painting and after my 2nd year, I got accepted into the Department of Monumental Art. There, I learnt various material technologies such as making church frescos, mosaics, breadboarding etc. Making frescos gave me great pleasure as it had to be done at one go because of the quick drying of the lime. But I have always been passionate about oil painting. The depth and brightness of color and how the colors mix fascinates me. Various techniques of oil painting from palette knife painting to semi-transparent painting have their charm. Portraits have always been a big part of my creative work. I am fascinated by the diversity of people and their character. The details of peoples clothing which is intricately tied to their cultural background fascinates me as well. Both my diploma works were a series of portraits: 1st Diploma in 2009 'India within Me' (Bachelors) was executed in three different technologies: oil painting, fresco and using priming mixture of alibaster and chalk (ancient technology of icon painting). I wanted to experiment with radically different techniques of depicting a portrait: from classical Russian school of painting, deep and bright, to stylized Indian frescos. My 2nd Diploma in 2011 was 'Street Musicians' (Masters) was done with oil paint. I was interested in the personages, their characters and diversity. The series consisted of 3 portraits of musicians from different countries.

Currently, I am residing in the UK and am working on a series called 'faces of the world': both graphic art and painting. I am trying different techniques of gilding combined with bright colors or with the complete lack of it. The most important aspect is the character of each personage and tone. I like to work on different pieces with different technologies simultaneously. This way I never get tired of one particular work and I can enjoy diversity during my work. After completing my education I have acquired both the freedom and the time to realize my creativity.

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