Native of Saint Petersburg, Russia, Masha Tikhonova grew up surrounded by ancient culture, history and epic architecture. Masha has studied painting and drawing since she was 3 years old. Her first art school was at the world’s famous Ekaterinsky Imperial Palace in Saint Petersburg and later on she mastered the … Read More
Native of Saint Petersburg, Russia, Masha Tikhonova grew up surrounded by ancient culture, history and epic architecture. Masha has studied painting and drawing since she was 3 years old. Her first art school was at the world’s famous Ekaterinsky Imperial Palace in Saint Petersburg and later on she mastered the art of classical painting and drawing at the private art studio with one of the best art professor’s of Saint Petersburg. Therefore, it was of no surprise to her that, from the very early age, her destiny was predetermined in creative artistic expression.
Coming to Canada opened to Masha a world of new opportunities. Masha received an Art Emergent Talent scholarship and decided to continue her studies in fine arts and design. Masha spent five years studying communication design at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design specializing in illustration, layout and branding. The studies brought new vision to her fine arts endeavors. Today Masha is an owner/director of GrafikaVision Design Studio (www.grafikavision.com) and an artist obsessed with the beauty of human anatomy.
People often ask me why do I paint anatomy. My true passion for anatomy unfolded when I started to learn about the rhythm, proximity and structure of pattern design. There was a time when I studied the anatomy of the leaf structure because it had very natural balance and organized geometrical qualities.
In my quest for more complexity the study of plants led to a natural transition to the inner beauty of the human body. It was the anatomy class at the Emily Carr that helped to unlock my artistic interest in the human anatomy. Even though I have been exposed to the studies of anatomy before, it was the first time when I could see the human body as a structure of interconnected systems that beautifully engage in the form of art.
I started to see cells, organs, veins, capillaries, etc as an abundant source for inspiration where every cell is like a tiny detail that plays an important role in the dance of life. Our bodies are protected by the skin that looks smooth and still to the human eye. When I ask someone “What do you feel?” — people usually refer to the emotional state. In my paintings I wanted to bring out the physiological side of the puzzle that is a human being. I wanted to show that there is nothing repulsive about the inner works of the human organism. My anatomy art combines the most beautiful, magnificent, powerful and raw beauty of the human body, that mix of the soul, emotional state and physiology that defines us as a part of eternal cycle of life.
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