Today we’d like to introduce you to Ksenia Kozhenkova.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I am originally from Russia, I am an artist and a musician currently living in Houston, TX. I have been painting all my life. Coming from an artistic family, my father was a jazz band musician and mother a choreographer. At the age of six, I was accepted into art school and a music school in my hometown in Russia. After graduating, I studied architecture and love incorporating this skill into my art. Music played a big role in my life as well. Playing piano had expanded my imagination and the art created magic. It is like the eyes and ears of the universe for me. I believe that the expression of oneself from the uniqueness of one’s personal experiences is the gift that we all have and that it needs to be shared with the world to help it expand.
I moved to the US in 2004 for family reasons. It was so different from what I used to know: the contrast of cultures had led to the expansion of my inner world and made me realize that even though it can be difficult to express yourself in another language – the expression in the form of art has no boundaries, it is truly a universal language.
Please tell us about your art.
I create paintings on the canvas, mostly with acrylics and oils, not limited to trying different mediums and materials. Most of my work is done through intuitive painting and meditation. I have a clear goal – to create positive energy and feelings and let the universe do the rest. It is all about the energy – a frozen moment of the creation from this state of connecting to the higher consciousness and letting it flow through me. I believe that the expression of oneself from the uniqueness of one’s personal experiences is the gift that we all have and that it needs to be shared with the world to help it expand.
Overall, there is a series of life events and circumstances that had led me to develop my personal style of art.
Spirituality and Folk Stories:
In Russia, my art training included practicing painting various compositions based on folk stories while listening to spiritual music. This unique approach to artistic expression played a big role in the development of my personal style of painting.
Architecture and Buildings:
Buildings and structures design had always fascinated me. My grandparents were lead engineers in the Architecture company in my hometown in Russia. They worked on the buildings in my hometown and even the apartment complex where I used to live was made from their designs. This had led me to obtain studies in Architecture and explains my love of painting buildings and the skylines.
Music also played a big role in my life. My father was in a jazz band and my home was always full of musicians and the sounds of fun piano improvisations. Playing piano had expanded my imagination and the art created magic. It is like the eyes and ears of the universe for me.
I believe in the healing power of sound and color along with the energy behind the art. I want to share with the World that it is not about the art, it is about the message that the art holds. If a painting makes you think differently even for a moment – your consciousness expands, and the message has been heard.
As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
I think that a successful artist is the one that stays authentic, creating work from his/her heart with the positive intentions to help and inspire others. I consider artists as the messengers that through their unique expressions in the form of art help others to discover new perceptions of reality leading to the expansion of our Universe. When something is made with love and good intentions, the success will come. Staying consistent with creating new work, continue learning new concepts and not being afraid to experiment and share new explorations with the world – are one of the main qualities of being a successful artist.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My artwork can be seen at my art studio in the Sawyer Yards artist community of Houston, located in Spring Street Studios, studio #116:
- Address: Spring Street Studios 1824 Spring Street #116, Houston, TX 77007
- Website: https://www.aaura-art.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aaura_art/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AauraArt.
- Other: https://www.sawyeryards.com