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Varvara Voetskova (b. 1985, Moscow/USSR) is a visual artist who works in mixed drawing and painting mediums. In her work, she gives preference to paints and substrates she prepared or altered by hand in her studio. Oil, earth pigments, paper, wood, stone, and linen are among the materials she employs. The tactilely responsive and gracefully aging they are appreciated by Varvara for their natural origin, history, and "breathing" qualities. As a person who was raised in a continuously changing social and economic environment of post-Soviet Russia, Varvara is drawn to the exploration of the timeless, archetypical, and cyclic in human nature that forms fate. In her work, she investigates the repetitiveness and predictability of a person's behavior that is expressed through habitual: thoughts, gestures, and activities. A graduate of a drama school, she also examines the possibility of translating absurd, satire, tragedy, and tragicomedy theater genres into her painting language. An application of directing methods lets Varvars create compositions where the main protagonist is often a staged space itself or an atmosphere of it. Meantime, micro and macro daily events of a person's life are typically just forms of visual expression taken from her memory.



Hunter College,

New York 


Studio Incumminati, Philadelphia 


The Florence Academy of Art, New Jersey


Grand Central Atelier, Long Island


Grand Central Atelier, Long Island


Grand Central Atelier, Long Island


The Art Students League of New York, NYC


University of the Arts London, Moscow


Cinemotion lab, Moscow


Dmitry Krymov theater laboratory, Moscow


Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography, Moscow


Russian Institute of Theatre Arts, Moscow


TSEKH Contemporary  Dance Center, Moscow


Moscow Art Theater School, Moscow

BFA, Painting

Diploma of Fine Art, Painting, and Drawing.

A full-time program led by Jordan Sokol, Amaya Gurpide, Jafang Lu, Kerry Dunn, and Aidan Barker-Hill. May 4th-July 17th, Philadelphia, PA.

BFA Degree equivalent certificate. Painting, Drawing, and Anatomy.

A full-time program led by Jordan Sokol, Amaya Gurpide, Cornelia Herness, Stephen Bauman, Will St. John, and Edmond Rochat. January 8th-March 20th

'Essential Landscape Painting' workshop.

A class with Ken Salaz. 13th-July 16th, Sleepy Hollow, New York.   

'Traditional Landscape Painting' workshop.

A class with Thomas Kegler. July 11th-July 12th, Central Park, New York.  

Still life painting workshop.

A class with Dale Zinkowski. April 15th - May 20th. 

Drawing, Painting, and Anatomy classes.

The classes with Greg Kreutz, Frank Porcu, Leonid Gervitz, and Doug Safranek. September-December.

'Orientation to Art & Design', Fine Arts classes.

October 1st-November 4th.

'How to write a book, Fiction writing course.

A class with Mikhail Vizel. January 28th - March 3rd. 

An introductory course, Stage design.

A part-time scenography class with Dmitry Krymov, Vera Martynova, and Maria Tregubova. September- December.

An introductory course, Storyboarding.

A part-time storyboarding class with Viсtor Monetov. One month long. 

Bachelor of Arts Degree, Acting.

A full-time program lead by Vladimir Dolgorukhov, Marina Kaidalova, Vera Kamishnikova, Victor Abramov, and Boris Morozov.

'Summer dance school', Contemporary dance classes. Part-time classes with Sylvain Prunenec, Henry Montes, Ilanit Tadmor, Jacques van Eijden, Natanja dan Boeft, Alexandra Kon'nikova, Albert Albert, Tatyana Gordeeva, Daria Buzovkina, and Mikhail Ivanov. July and August.

An introductory course, Acting. 

A weekend course with Mikhail Zemtsov. September-June.

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