the artworks of Yulia Pustoshkina

folkloric  surrealism
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Growing up in a very creative and ever-busy family has significantly affected my life style. As a teenager while learning various creative skills from different members of our family, my father was my greatest inspiration in arts and later the art teacher for five years at the local Art School in Petrozavodsk, Russia. Under his guidance I practiced painting, drawing, composition, sculpture and the history of arts. My Russian background has naturally influenced my artistic style. A significant part of my painting experience was working with miniature paintings common in the traditional Russian folklore. I should say that the extensive practice of detailed painting resulted in my current painting technique.


While working on either small or large canvas I like to bring on the tiniest details that the viewers always manage to pick and wonder. I imagine anthropomorphic characters whether animals or birds, fish or plants and flowers. Everything they do or busy with has a purpose to it; every small detail has a meaning. Most often they are on the go somewhere and that probably explains my own love for travel. My Russian background never escapes to show itself and I create a fusion of Australian flora and fauna since Australia has become my second home. I find that an idea for a painting carries most significant importance. I noticed my inspirations come from everywhere; they turn the key of my imagination and a picture story begins to unfold..


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Upcoming exhibitions

2023 February, Melbourne 

2023 April, Sydney

Solo shows

2022   'My Animals and Im2 Gallery Sydney

2019   'Enchanted Woods'  m2 Gallery Sydney

2019   'Face Me, I'll talk'  Gallery ONE88 Katoomba NSW 

2018   'Earthly Delights'  m2 Gallery Sydney

2018   'Away from Home'  residence of Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Australia, Canberra

2018   'Imagine as if...'  m2 Gallery Surry Hills Sydney

2016   'Gelato in July'  Bondi Pavilion Gallery Bondi Beach

Art fairs

2022   Affordable Art Fair Melbourne

2022   The Other Art Fair Sydney July

2021   The Other Art Fair Sydney December

2021   The Other Art Fair Sydney March

2019   The Other Art Fair Sydney October

2019   Affordable Art Fair Melbourne

2017   Artexpo New York NY USA

Selected Group exhibitions

2022   Finalist to Hunters Hill Art Exhibition

          Finalist to Hornsby Art Prize

          Finalist to Gosford Art Prize   

          Sydney Royal Arts and Crafts Show

2021    Finalist to Bluethumb Art Prize Online Exhibition

2020   Finalist to Bluethumb Art Prize Online Exhibition

2018   Finalist to Hunters Hill Art Exhibition

          Finalist to Gosford Regional Art Prize       

2017   World Polo Championship Art Exhibition, Sydney Polo Club

          Finalist to Northern Beaches Art Prize

          Hunters Hill Pop Up Art Exhibition

          Finalist to Hunters Hill Art Exhibition. Winner of Kids Choice Award

2016   Finalist to Hornsby Art Prize

          Finalist to St George Art Awards

          Finalist to Warringah Art Prize 

          Finalist to The Kirribilli Centre Art exhibition

          Finalist to Hunters Hill Art Exhibition. Winner of Pop Up Gallery exhibition

2015   Changeable Art, North Sydney Community Centre

          Finalist to Women's Art Prize City of Ryde 

          Finalist to Hunters Hill Art Exhibition