Collection Julia Rytikova

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Julia Rytikova

I was born in 1988 in Ukraine, but was raised in Pyatigorsk. Living in a multicultural environment I absorbed aspects of the various cultures surrounding me.

Since childhood I've been fond of the arts, of drawing and of experimenting with diverse painting techniques. After realising that art is an essential part of my life, I decided to become a professional artist.

Experimenting widely with painting styles, techniques and materials, I've found myself using mixed media.

I deliberately avoid detailing, instead focusing on simple, minimalistic forms and a defined colour scheme. In doing so, I focuse the viewer's attention on the dramatic and emotional content of my works.

I've been strongly influenced by Marina Abramović, René Magritte, Frida Kahlo, Mark Rothko and the Russian avant-garde. However, my main inspirations are human feelings, emotions, moods and experiences in all their diversity.

My artworks can be found in private collections both in Russia and abroad, as well as in the Moscow Centre for Innovative Technologies in the Health Care Foundation, Moscow.

My art reflects the deepest emotions and feelings. It is a tool to transform inner and outer chaos into a system using visual images. It is a unique language, as it erases all possible barriers. In my paintings I seek answers to life’s most basic questions: Who am I? Why am I here? What is my mission and why is everything the way it is?

The red thread in my work is a metaphor similar to Ariadne's thread. It symbolises trying to find one’s way in the labyrinth of reality.

One of the underlying themes of my work is to re-examine loneliness as the freedom to be oneself.


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