Gaida

Born on June 15, 1962 in Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad), Gaïda was 16 when she left her hometown to attend the Saratov Art School where she spent 4 long years. Her training continued at the Art and Design School of St. Petersburg, where she eventually earned a textile art degree in 1988. It was in the city of Peter I, a beacon of cultural creativity, that she began exhibiting her tapestries, batiks, and silk printing techniques, so popular in Russia. The place inspired her with its solemnity, magic and grandeur. Her entry into working life marked a new move, this time to Ryazan, an industrial city with a rich and ancient heritage. In the mid 80s, she exhibited often (Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Moscow) and continued working on large format tapestries and abstract composition o i l p a i n t i n g s . T h u s s h e m a d e h e r d e b u t a t t h e l o c a l a r t m u s e u m a n d i n m a n y p r i v a t e R u s s i a n c o l l e c t i o n s . I n t e r n a t i o n a l r e c o g n i t i o n f o l l o w e d s o o n a f t e r : i n 1 9 9 5 , s h e j o i n e d t h e U n i o n o f A r t i s t s o f R u s s i a a n d p a r t i c i p a t e d i n a n e x h i b i t i o n i n W a s h i n g t o n d u r ing Perestroika. She thus began exhibiting in Europe, Germany, the Netherlands, as well as in Segovia and Paris. Her life’s turning point was in 2005 when she decided to leave Russia for Paris. A romantic encounter along the Seine and a loving marriage sparked big changes in her artwork both in terms of style and technique. She opts for figurative expressionism by making acrylic paintings of subjects as diverse as women, dance, mythology, man, and couples.... Looking more closely at her work, it reflects her optimistic outlook on life. And at the very least, the direction in which she is heading: a sensation of fullness. That is why in general her choice of paintings tend toward the "living": women, men or animals. On canvas, uninterrupted movements follow each other, marking the absence of consistency in existence, but also positive emotions, light, harmony and the sincere joy of being alive. We leave Gaïda’s exhibition energized, almost at peace with oneself!

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