Nadia Forkosh was born in Kiev and later moved to a village as a result of the explosion at the Chernobel nuclear power plant. While living in the village, Forkosh spent the majority of her time with dogs and cats, and was reluctant to communicate with people. It was during this period that she embraced art as a means of escape.
Her grandfather taught her how to draw; that lines can be subdued to your will and that color can say more about how you feel than words. She painted everything: people, clothes, sky, trees, fairytale characters.
"After school, I wanted not only to portray the world, but to understand it. Studying at the university was easy for me. At the same time, I began to study the works of great masters. I will single out three artists who became decisive for my work and who, until now, influence me. Caravaggio, Dali and Kandinsky. Caravaggio stunned me with contrasts and pressure. Plasticity that is combined with expression in the picture Conversione di San Paolo still amazes me.
I remember when I first saw Dali's paintings. It was some kind of painting magazine. Several of his landscapes were printed there. It turned out that you can place your dreams in reality itself! It was amazing! The flowing energy and sharp expressiveness of his paintings influenced my search for form.
But complete freedom came to me after getting acquainted with the works of Kandinsky. Line, point and color here acquired independence from the depicted, which is characteristic of art itself. I understood Kandinsky as a call to reassemble the aesthetics of painting.
The digital world, which suddenly appeared and began to actively influence the usual aesthetic attitudes, became a field for me to experiment. I wanted to find a tool to portray the soul in this digital dimension."
- Nadia Forkosh