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Yuliya Yasenetska

Painter

Yuliya Yasenetska, who recently moved to California from New York City, was born and raised in Lviv, Ukraine. She began her art career at the age of 6 when she started attending art classes at the Lviv National Academy of Arts. While she enjoyed the opportunity, she consistently refused to imitate someone else’s art. Why copy something that already exists? To create your own vision - felt more authentic to her. Eventually, she was asked to leave the school unless she complied with the rules. She did not comply. Despite this, Yuliya never stopped expressing herself through creative processes. Her main forms of expression included poetry, music and the most dear to her heart - painting. This is one of the constants that she would forever rely on to confront the fluctuations of life.

After graduating at 18 with a BS in Publishing, Yuliya applied for a “work and travel” program and spent the summer in the USA while working as a waitress in a small town near Baltimore, MD. This was an opportunity for her to learn a new language and travel, both of which excited her. Unfortunately, her experience was not the glorious vision she initially developed. She worked long 12-hour shifts 6 days a week, all the while living in run down and cramped conditions the likes of which she's never known before. Eventually she could no longer bear the situation and moved to New York. The Big Apple turned out to be very arduous as well. Eventually she fell in love with the city and the opportunity it offered. Through all the ups and downs, quiet evenings and loud days - art was her escape into the unknown, undiscovered, limitless and everlasting. Through these countless escapist artistic journeys, Yuliya discovered her own unique expression of herself in a whimsical style she improves on to this day. Going to art school was always an unfulfilled dream for Yuliya. She went on to earn her BA degree from Brooklyn College, while working long hours to pay for her education. At first, she was nervous about going back to an art institution, but then for the first time she was surrounded by artists who did not limit themselves and instead pushed the boundaries of what art could really portray. For her this was a quintessential world of acceptance of self expression that she had always yearned. Thriving on the school's energy, Yuliya began to win art awards consistently. Few among them include: The Shaw Award, Bernard Horlick Memorial Scholarship in Visual Arts and Art History.

Post graduation there were more ups and downs. She had the opportunity to work with a few established artists, whom further influenced her creative expression. But unexpectedly, due to some personal circumstances and the emotional burden inflected by it, for the first time in her life she took a step away from art. Financial difficulties also followed, so she began to focus on a new passion of hers: software engineering. She has now been a developer for two years, and has greatly enjoyed being able to create her own worlds through the power of computer programming.

Over life’s journeys, Yuliya has acquired a unique perspective and a rich skill set with which to express her vision through art. And she is thankful for all of those experiences. As her sense of normality has begun to return, and all the pieces of her life slowly come back together, so has her true passion, art.