Ksenia Sapunkova is a Canadian artist and entrepreneur, who was born in Lviv, (Ukraine) in 1989. After graduating with a BA Sculpture at the I.Trush College she moved to Toronto to pursue illustration and attend graduate school at Sheridan College. Her art practice straddles the fine art and commercial art worlds and includes painting, fashion design and videography. From 2009 she has produced numerous editorial and commercial collaborations with Byzantine Iconography Studio, and created a number of commissioned works for private clients. In 2016 she launched Saint Ksenia, a fashion line of silk accessories inspired by watercolor. Ksenia collaborates with magazines, newspapers and book publishers. Client list includes but not limited to The Kit Fashion Magazine, Collective Arts Brew, The National Post, BMO, Inhabit Media.
Most recently Ksenia Sapunkova and Anastasia Minster formed a creative duo called Watercolour Jazz, focused on creating a unique atmosphere with expressive live painting and chamber pop music.
I always aimed at depicting truth. Nature is honest.
I recall one day when I visually memorized the distinct lilac tint of asphalt rendered in warm and cool shades with the sunset light. I felt so good about combining this colour with the grass inspired viridian shade of green. This was my colour search for Young Muse Series. There is nothing as flawless as colours of ordinary objects in the day or night light.
When I think about sources of my inspiration i come to three components. Foremost, It is love. Nothing happens when this feeling isn't there. It is simply a perfect key that tunes the shapes and colours, sounds and actions in and all around. I see love as a state of being that crosses harmoniously every living creature. People, and their souls is being a second component. I'm attracted to capturing their depth in my work. Having said that a limitless inspiration comes to me through the words well put together by other people. The literature is an ultimate capsule that allows me to dive into past experiences of ancestors and learn from them. Often, when I read, quick as a flash, the visuals come to me and roughly and sometimes rigorously I let them flow on paper. This is how I paint.