The indomitable Nadia Kisseleva goes from strength to strength. She recently completed her Masters in Fine Art at the University of Birmingham and came top of her year, winning the prestigious Gertrude Aston Bowater Bursary.
Born in Voronesh, Russia, Nadia has trained at the Ryazan College of Art; the Academy of Art in Leningrad; the University of Central England and the Wimbledon School of Art, and is an Associate Member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. Fluctuating between landscapes, portraiture, abstract and figurative work, Nadia constantly expands her boundaries. Colour and pattern are layered into her mixed media work, often drawing on traditional textile designs. But her paintings also exude calm; a vastness of space and stillness of time which is so typical of Africa. Women are a recurring theme in Nadia’s portfolio, dignified in their tribal dress and powerfully confident in their nudity, inferring their inner strength, resilience, patience and integrity.
Nadia says of her latest work; “I found a new development when I was painting the West African women. I could not apply the same refine technique to express their boldness and profound forms as I would do while painting Maasai or other East African tribes. I found that my approach would become more crude and ‘bold’, with simplified brushstrokes. This development happened after a discussion with one Russian couple who visited my exhibition in Lipetsk. They lived for 20 years in Guinea and found the physic of East African peoples totally different from the West African.”
At present, Nadia lives between Kenya, Austria and UK and exhibits successfully in all three countries. In the last year she has had two major solo shows in Russia and Austria. Nadia is a highly polished, professional and accomplished artist who works hard and constantly pushes herself to produce strong and intelligent work.