Zoia Skoropadenko, a Ukrainian-born, Monaco-based artist active in Paris and London, will hold a solo exhibition from November 9 to 17, 2018. After four solo exhibitions at the Embassy of Ukraine in Japan, this will be her fifth exhibition in Tokyo. Please enjoy the new series "Monte-Carlo-Ginza" by this pro-Japanese artist who has been actively participating in projects to support the disaster-stricken areas in Tohoku.
ARTIST'S INTRODUCTION / STATEMENT
Zoya Skoropadenko was born in 1978 in Ukraine. In Ukraine at that time, education to become an artist was very expensive, so she had to live a life of hunger and hardship to find a place to live in order to fulfill her dream. In Monaco, she joined the art studio of MAMAC (Museum of Contemporary Art in Nice) and was later accepted as a member of the National Arts Council of Monaco. One day in 2008, while pursuing her dream in a new place, a local fisherman gave her an octopus for lunch, which led to the creation of her signature series, "TORSO". Four years later, she had her first solo exhibition in London, where her creative works were featured in art magazines, and her work became well known to the public. In 2009, Scolopadenco opened a contemporary art exhibition space in Monaco called "La Vitrine" (The Show Window). In September 2014, Scolopadenco and her "La Vitrine" will be featured on the big screen of Times Square in New York City, in one of the smallest countries in the world. The independent contemporary art space celebrated its 5th anniversary in the smallest country in the world. In 2011, the government of Monaco recognized him as a government-approved painter. In 2013, she had the largest solo exhibition of her career at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. She now exhibits regularly in the UK, France, China, the US, and other countries around the world. In January and February 2015, she had two exhibitions in London and Paris, and was interviewed and featured in media such as BBC World and France 2. She also plays an active role in the Tohoku relief projects. A few years ago, she participated in a project of a Japanese non-profit organization that supports children in the affected areas who dream of becoming artists. Zoya Skoropadenko also designs practical products, and her work is sold throughout the world. Zoya Skoropadenko is also the founder of the art movement #WomenCanArt In 2019, Zoya's work will be on display at the Tokyo Art Fair.