While so many others are seeking fame and fortune, my path is simpler. It is to become all that I need to be, so that I can fulfill my only dream in life – to be a true artist, somebody that can make her audience forget that world sometimes is cruel and that can also make the people feel that there’s hope for better future. In modern times so many artists feel that to be noticed their work must carry certain controversy or that it needs to resemble currently popular art styles. I just believe that true art is created in order to provoke in people a thought or an emotional response, be it tears, a smile or a memory. I started painting as a toddler and through the years it helped me to survive my parents’ divorce, Chernobyl tragedy, transition from a shy girl unable to speak English into a self-confident person. Not too long ago it saved me from depression after watching a person very close to me die. When people meet me they never expect my past and when they find out they ask me how it is possible that so many of my creations are so bright and happy. I answer that it is because I perceive life as a beautiful adventure and as in any adventure there are happy and sad moments, but as long as we concentrate on all the happy moments we are able to live through the sad ones.
Biography: Natasha Sazonova was born in Ukraine, and began painting as a toddler. At the age of four, she became one of the youngest students ever to attend the Fine Arts Studio of the University of Engineering and Architecture in Kiev. Natasha started exhibiting her book illustrations at an early age and was planning on becoming a professional artist for as long as she can remember. She immigrated to the United States at sixteen to join her mother, who had already been living there for three years. Natasha began her junior year of high school not speaking much English, and eighteen months later graduated in the top five percent of her class. Sazonova holds a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut and is currently pursuing an MA in graphic design. As an illustrator Natasha specializes in editorial and book illustration. Since she believes that in order to be a good illustrator an artist needs to be a well-rounded person, Natasha spends a lot of time on self-education. She speaks four languages and keeps up with world literature, philosophy and politics. Ms. Sazonova provides a variety of design services to local businesses. She is also a freelance artist. Her works have been exhibited in galleries throughout Northeast, including Museum of Art and Design in New York City. She has participated in two Cow Parades (in Boston and West Hartford), as well as in Connecticut Heart Parade. Ms. Sazonova also creates fine art works on commission for businesses as well as for private collections. Please check Natasha's website for more information.
Country: United States
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