Victoria Kovalenchikova

United Kingdom

Victoria Kovalenchikova was born in Mogilev, Belarus and currently lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She graduated from the Belarusian State Academy of Arts, Painting Department in 2002. Victoria has been a member of the Belarus Artist Union since 2013 and has hosted more than 100 solo shows and group exhibitions in Belarus, USA, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Russia, Singapore, Turkey, China and The Netherlands. In 2011 Victoria received the 'Enriching and Promoting Arts and Culture' award from the Ministry of Culture, Republic of Belarus as well as 'First Prize and Gold Medal of Honor “LORENZO Il MAGNIFICO”' at the VIII International Florence Biennale of Contemporary Art for her paintings “NO EXIT”, 2011 and “Reflected Reality”, 2010. Victoria’s works can be found in many private, public and corporate art collections worldwide including RABO Bank, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Museum of Russian Art, Jersey City, USA; Museum of Belarusian State Academy of Arts, Minsk; Contemporary Fine Art Museum, Minsk, Belarus; The National Art Museum of The Republic of Belarus, Minsk; Maslennikov Art Museum, Mogilev, Belarus; Belarusian Embassy, Berlin, Germany; Belarusian Embassy, The Hague, The Netherlands; Belarusian Embassy, London, United Kingdom; collection of the municipality of Coevorden, The Netherlands; collection of The Kolodzei Art Foundation, NYC, NY, USA. What I wish to show in my new Earth series is that our planet itself is a work of art-a kaleidoscope of colours, a patchwork of patterns; an interconnected sphere without beginning or end. Viewing it from space, using Google images, I want this collection to showcase this amazing entity, in order that we may appreciate and ultimately save it. We sometimes need a new perspective. I want people to see the wonder of the world from above; perhaps as an eagle sees it from a mountain aerie, a pilot from the cabin of his airplane or the astronaut from the surface of the moon. A mufti-hued orb spinning among thousands of other stars, yet unique. While my earlier series zoomed in on the tight confines of urban life in our metropolises–connecting people to the intimacy of their living spaces–the Earth series zooms out, taking the long view of our home from the skies above. My mixed-media creations radiate the colours of each continent; I try to bring the textures of the planet alive, so that you can feel the heat of the volcanoes, the parched thirst of the massive deserts, the cool blues of our all-encompassing oceans. Some parts are smooth, and some are rough and rugged. Although we humans may feel like disconnected, independent fragments, Earth reminds us that we are all united on this place: notes within a larger symphony of life. No different from the massive whale in the ocean or the tiniest needle of a pine tree. There is no way out; to save ourselves we must save our home. - Victoria Kovalenchikova