Ukrainian artist Oksana Zmiyevska (1987, Crimea) is an open minded and careful observer of herself and the people around her. She says she learned respect for her images from Amoako Boafo. Daniela Hammer-Tugendhat and Verena Krieger would have shaped her understanding of the connections between time and art. Johanna Kandl, with whom she studied painting at the University of Applied Arts from 2005 to 2011, made her aware of her color competence, and Otto Zitko showed her how to do the candlelight test.
She paints human bodies and characters in all their appearances, forms and shades. In doing so, Zmiyevska practices an often intuitive approach, the gut, the feeling are important to her. The models she portrays in sessions that often last several hours are found in her personal environment as well as in everyday situations. On impulse, she sometimes approaches people and asks them if she can paint them. The portrait is at the center of her work, but while for several years working with models in the studio remained her preferred method of working, she has recently taken a different path and is increasingly turning to autobiographical themes.