Ludmila Curilova is compelled
to paint. Her canvas is the 'looking glass' through which she
views and interprets the world. It is also how she responds to
it, expressing herself through colour, texture and subject. Born
in Kishniev, Moldova, Ludmila was raised in an atmosphere of artistic
exploration. Her father was a set designer and scene painter for
Moldova's National Theatre of Opera and Ballet. Her mother was
a ballerina at the same theatre company and together they instilled
a love and appreciation for the arts in all their children. As
a result, one of her brothers is also an artist and another is
a famous Eastern European writer.
Along with the skills taught to her by her father, Curilova received
her formal art training at the College of Art in Kishniev. From
there she began building her reputation and attracting a lot of
are in great demand. She exhibited in several prominent Russian
and Moldavian galleries where her paintings had international
appeal. Her work can be found in many private collections in Israel,
Germany, France ,Canada, United State and now England. In 2001
Ludmila Curilova left her country and moved to Canada." One
of my greatest desires is to see as much of our world as possible
and Canada is a country that really gives me such a possibility
along with a stable life and future for my family." The change
of country, society and lifestyle has invigorated her. Each new
day is filled with exciting possibilities, rekindling her passion
and commitment to her work.
Curilova describes her art as not typically Russian. She uses
a combination of brushes and art knives to create her unique style.
Symbolism plays an important role in her paintings; some of these
symbols are understandable to everyone and others have a very
private meaning." I still believe in fairy tales.
One of my
favourite expressions is that every woman is a princess inside."
Though she's no longer waiting for her prince, these romantic
and enchanted characters still live deep within her soul, inspiring
Ludmila to give them life upon her canvas. A true artist, Ludmila
Curilova transforms her life experience and imagination into beautifully
rendered still life and figurative works, allowing us the special
opportunity to see the world through her 'looking glass'.
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