Katya Minkina Fine Art

Katya Minkina Fine Art


I don't seem to stay too long in any one place and have embraced several homes over the past couple of decades after leaving Russia, my homeland. Hyderabad (India) where I spent the early years of my adulthood; Seattle, a point of big transitions; Hana, Maui, a place that nourished my soul, and now Nampa, Idaho, a new home I am yet to form a bond with!

I was born in Moscow, Russia in 1981. Growing up among my mom's paintings, art books and inexhaustible stack of typewriter paper, I thought drawing was the most natural way of being. At the age of 7, I got enrolled into an evening art school for children where, after a regular day in my other school, I was initiated in the fundamentals of drawing, painting and composition. For the next 9 years my life revolved around methodical still life painting in class, field trips to art museums and the zoo, art history lectures and painting homework that filled my weekends and summer holidays. ?In later years after completing my studies in linguistic and foreign languages, I settled in Hyderabad, India, where for five years I taught French in an international school. Painting and drawing took a back-seat, but the longing never quite went away. In 2008, life took me to Seattle, WA and the circumstances arranged themselves perfectly for me to return to drawing and painting. I discovered life drawing at Gage Academy of Art, and the open studio provided me with a much-needed practice to reanimate and hone my drawing skills. In the course of the next few years, I stuck to the disciplined schedule of a studio monitor to be able to attend as many figure drawing sessions as I could. Slowly, drawing yielded a transition to painting.
I paint mostly exclusively in oil now.
My primary source of inspiration remains figurative art, daily sketching of human figure or painting human and animal portraits.
On occasion, I turn to still life painting for its immediate availability, challenges of composition and practice of color palette.
The real challenge of the recent years has been plein air painting.

Some of my Hana-inspired work can be found in Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao, Maui.