We are glad to announce Yuliya Lanina as a finalist of The Art Sprinter Emerging Jewish Artists Awards. Together with nine other contest finalists, she will exhibit her artworks in the New York based gallery on June, 2015. Also, Yuliya will be interviewed for the contest’s website and featured in the 2015 Art Sprinter Catalog. If you are interested (or know any artists that might be interested) in submitting artworks for The Art Sprinter Awards, please apply at TheArtSprinter.com/Participate. The deadline for week #5 submissions is Sunday, March 29, 2015.
Yuliya Lanina is a Russian-born American multimedia artist who recently relocated to Austin from New York City. Her work ranges from paintings and mechanical sculptures to animations and video. Lanina is particularly interested in turning the traditional medium of painting into a multi-dimensional and interactive experience for the viewer. She strives to accomplish this by creating interactive mechanical sculptures with original soundtrack as well as stop motion animations based on her paintings and accompanied by original music compositions. Both of these endeavors result in a “New Painting”—multi-sensory, time-based, and in action.
Lanina draws from many sources to create these characters: from the half-human and half-animal demigods of Greek mythology to Russian fairy tales, which are filled with fantastic beings deeply rooted in paganism, mysticism, and symbolism. Her creatures and their stories move freely between logical and illogical, realistic and illusory, predictable and surprising, representing life that can only be lived, but never understood.
Lanina has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Her work has been displayed at the Seoul Art Museum (Korea), Moscow Museum of Modern Art (Russia), Ludwig Museum (Germany), SIGGRAPH Asia (Japan) 798 Beijing Biennial (China), Seoul International Media Art Biennial (Korea) and other venues. Her most recent solo shows include Women and Their Work (Austin, TX), Cleveland Institute of Art (Cleveland, OH), Russian Cultural Center of Texas (Houston, TX), Figureworks gallery (New York, NY), and Sara Nightingale Gallery (Water Mill, NY).
Lanina’s work has been reviewed by many publications and radio, including Art ReView, Artcritical,com, Austin-American Statesman, Wagmag, NYArts Magazine, Bloomberg News, Snob, Brooklyn Rail, ART on AIR.com (MOMA, PS 1), SBS Australian National Radio and others. Her honors include fellowships and scholarships from Headlands Art Center, Austin Community Initiatives Award, Yaddo, BluePrint (COJECO), NESYA, William Graf, Spenser and many others. She was named as one of the top 10 artists in NYC now by Revolt magazine in 2013.