“Art is not a thing, it is a way.” For internationally-acclaimed artist Natalia Khvost-Vostrikova, this quote by Elbert Hubbard rings especially true. Born in Russia to Serg I. Khvostionkov and Maya Jacob Khvostinokova, she has spent her entire life pursuing her passion for the field. She has followed it where it has led her; to galleries in London, Italy, the United States, and beyond; to exhibitions and performances, to presentations and lectures. More than just a means to make a living, art has defined and shaped who she is today.
One of the highlights of Ms. Khvost-Vostrikova’s career was participating in the Biennale International Firenze in Italy. She was also proud to exhibit her piece, “Out of Blindness,” at the 2017 London Art Biennale. The Biennale is a showcase for renowned artists of canvas, sculpture, drawing, and digital art. Ms. Khvost-Vostrikova’s submission was created using one of her preferred mediums, oil on canvas. Other mediums she has experimented with include ink, photography, and colored pencils. In the book, “Forbidden Art: The Postwar Russian Avant-Garde,” A. Rosenfeld includes mention of Ms. Khvost-Vostrikova’s art, stating that it “glorifies the harmonious coexistence of man and the natural world.” Karen Lappon of the International Confederation of Art Critics agrees, writing, “[Her] brush dances over the canvas in a sensual, instinctive choreography – she has truly captured the natural order of things.”
Ms. Khvost-Vostrikova’s journey initially began at the Moscow Technological Institute, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in art in 1981. That same year, she became certified in fashion design by the Russian Ministry of Fashion Industry. In light of Ms. Khvost-Vostrikova’s achievements, she was honored with inclusion in seven editions of Who’s Who in America, five of Who’s Who in the World, and four of Who’s Who of American Women.
When Ms. Khvost-Vostrikova has free time, she enjoys spending time with her children, Kuzma Nick Vostrikov and Gavrela Nick Vostrikov. She also lends her knowledge for educational and consulting purposes.