Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) Senior Anastasia Soboleva spent last semester studying in Florence, Italy, where her work rose to the top of her international class and one painting was acquired by a Greek museum.
Soboleva, who has a double major in Drawing and Painting, was one of four students at Studio Art Centers International (SACI) invited to participate in the 2015 ArtClash group exhibition involving several American and Italian programs in Florence, the Region of Tuscany, and the Contemporary Art Museum of Florina in Greece. The exhibition, which took place in March 2015, was juried, with selected pieces – including Soboleva’s painting, “Incorreggibile” – moving to a second exhibition held at the Consiglio Regionale della Toscana in Florence. From there, “Incorreggibile” was chosen to become part of the permanent art collection of Contemporary Art Museum of Florina.
Read about ArtClash and view an image of Soboleva’s award-winning painting here.
“It was amazing,” Soboleva said of her time in Italy. “My work really reflects my experience there,” she added.
Soboleva hopes to continue to travel and expose herself to other influences. “I was born in the Republic of Moldova, and moved to US in 2007. After finishing my education at CIA I would like to visit my native country for the first time since I left. In the future I hope to work across the oceans, reflecting the cultures of the US, Eastern and Western Europe, as well as many cultures I come in contact with along this journey.”
As for how she combines drawing and painting, Soboleva explained, “My drawing greatly informs the painting. Through drawing, I learned how to work with the figure, how to break down an image into shapes and forms, and translate that into the painting. For some of the paintings I create sketches and detailed drawings of the compositions. Also many figures in the paintings originate in drawings of life models, or sketches of sculptures.“
Back at CIA to complete her senior year, Soboleva can make the short walk to Little Italy any time she misses her Italian adventure. Meanwhile, she answers a few questions here about her CIA education. Continue reading the interview on the CIA website.