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Artist Bio

Mila was born in Ukraine. There she graduated with a BA in Sociology, and later also received her MA in Social Sciences in the United States. After working in the Silicon Valley for a few years, she decided to go back to school once again and finally pursue her dream and become and artist. She graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and worked as an animator in film and videogame industries for the last 10 years. During that time, she also started taking painting classes.  Painting between animation projects, she combined her drawing skills and knowledge of human anatomy with the growing mastery of oil painting technique. As time went by, she spent more and more time painting, intentionally taking time off from the animation world to work on her art. Mila is continuing to learn from the best figurative artists on both West and East coasts every chance she gets.

"I paint because I find myself constantly inspired and fascinated by the world around me. I am particularly in love with light and color, the way light reveals shapes, the way color sets the mood, both in life and on the canvas. I especially love natural earth pigments in my palette: raw sienna, yellow ochre, Venetian red, and yes, of course, burnt umber. For as long as I remember, I have always been inspired by representational painting, and especially by figurative art.

I paint because the world around us is beautiful, because every human being is the most beautiful and the most important person who has ever lived (and I admit I partially stole this sentence from a teacher of mine). I also paint because after having meddled in math, music, social science, and computer graphics among other things, I find that painting is the only place that makes me truly feel at home, the only place where I feel I truly belong."