ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Natalia Kapchuk is a Russian-born artist based in London, UK. She composes her works using a combination of different media or materials, highlighting key ecological issues, and the global effects caused by human pollution; emphasizing the importance of environmental protections. Kapchuk’s main point of focus is all life on this planet, the biodiversity it holds, various ecosystems, and the vast expanses of our beloved Oceans — a theme that is sure to inspire. In a constant search for new means of expression, the artist experiments with a variety of unique mediums such as resi-crete, reclaimed woods and plastic, metallic grit, natural stones and crystals, diamond dust, gold leaf etc.

Early in her childhood, Kapchuk took a special interest in art. At the young age of six, she started her career making small ceramic sculptures for sale at local art fairs. Inspired by her mother, also an artist and sculptor, Kapchuk gradually learned the basics of sculpting ceramics. Naturally, art school became the next stage in this young artist’s progression. Here, she studied art history, drawing, painting, and composition. Broadening her interest, Kapchuk later studied foreign languages and international politics, receiving her Bachelor’s degree from Ural State University in Yekaterinburg, Russia majoring in International Relations. After graduation she left Russia to explore the world, garnering inspiration for her future art projects. Now an internationally acclaimed artist, Natalia Kapchuk resides between Dubai (UAE) and London (UK), where she spends most of her time.

Furthering her education within the Arts, Kapchuk completed additional courses at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2017 followed by The Chelsea College of Arts in London, UK.

Preferring to work in the technique of collage, the artist mixed paintings and newspaper clippings, while seeking to express her attitude towards major global trends in economics and politics. Her student interest in international diplomatic relations resulted in the project involving national flags of various countries and portraits of their leaders. Kapchuk favoured street art style: she created stencils for the silhouettes of politicians and then transferred them onto images of various national flags.

Moreover, it is street art and the subtle allegorical graffiti that inspired Kapchuk to offer her interpretation of geopolitical rhetoric. She attempted to chronicle changes in global perception of a country’s image, which more often than not, are closely associated with its head of state. Wishing to highlight the portraits of some national leaders, the artist employed some unusual materials, such as diamond dust.

Natalia Kapchuk travels the world gathering inspiration from the wonders of nature, paying close attention to pressing global issues like environmental concerns and the negative impacts caused by industrial waste. In her latest project titled The Lost Planet, Kapchuk highlights crucial issues such as ecological damage and the immeasurable amounts of plastic waste that litters the World’s ocean. To contrast naturally resourced and industrial materials, Kapchuk utilizes mediums such as tree bark, sand, natural stones, and fermented moss with polymers, resi-crete, gilding, metal chips and plastic.

Both a philanthropist and an art ambassador in association with the Parliamentary Society of Arts, Fashion and Sport (UK), Natalia Kapchuk draws attention to important issues affecting the environment and the future of our planet, seeking to promote the harmonious coexistence of all beings in every corner of the World.

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