After graduating from the Volgograd Art University in Russia with a printmaking and illustration degree, I moved to the US to continue my artistic journey, bringing my friends Chagall and Kandinsky with me.
I have been drawing and painting my dreams and fantasies since I was five. My family has encouraged me all the way, and I continue to put my visions in paint on canvas. Support of the loved ones, being surrounded by artists, world travel and art education have made me who I am...
I'm fascinated with my work. Painting brings me peace and happiness.
Each piece has a story behind it - a great weekend or emotion, a dream or a book. When I put the first lines on a blank canvas I don't usually know what the finished piece is going to look like, going in with nothing but something to express. Hours of work and thought bring me to places I haven't been before.
The feeling of satisfaction that comes at the moment I realize the piece is almost done is incomparable.
Often my art tells people stories that are different from mine. I find them fascinating and love hearing their interpretation. I want my art to make people feel a range of emotions...
My favorite media are printmaking, acrylic painting and graphic design software.
I was creating etchings and monoprints between 2000 and 2005. Work of that period looks darker, which is normal for a traditional printmaking school.
The next five years brought me to a job in digital design for advertising, a world that didn't leave much time for painting. In 2010 I moved to California. This was a big change and I realized that the time was right to work on achieving my goals. My life took a 180-degree turn, as I started to explore new media and do what I always wanted to do.
I painted the works presented here between 2010 and 2012.
Here's what my friend Olga Chernov, who also happens to be an art critic, said about my work:
"You might compare Katia Goa's art with looking under a microscope at a drop of water. All of the smallest details open up in their meaning and come alive when you look closely at them. Her canvases are breathing, and they look at you with hundreds of curious eyes. Lots of strands tangled together. Life experience, dreams, impressions and hopes. They give you at the same time an alarming and cozy feeling - the same way a child looks into darkness, giving to every shadow a shape and a story, fate and destiny."…Read More