Iris Dubai: Congratulations on your new collection! What was the inspiration for the New York City series?
Katya Leonovich: This city never sleeps, never stops moving, never stops changing. And yet here I see the history of the world in architecture. And here I see the future of the world.
ID:You have lived and work in a number of places including Russia, New York and Italy. How does moving around influence your art?
KL: Each place I lived has its unique energy. The energy and visual information is a big emotional influence for me as an artist. Each place has its own colors, smells, sky. I love to capture details, rhythm and dynamic of the city . Even the traffic that nobody enjoying can give me the idea of endless moving.
ID: How do you intend for viewers to interact with your work?
KL: I would like to bring them for a tour with my vision of the city that maybe is a bit different from the photo. I would like them to get the image of the city.
ID: How long does it take you to complete each piece?
KL: Time does not exist while I am painting. It could be couple days, it could be one day, it could be longer if I retouch the canvas.
ID: Which factors motivate your art and creativity?
KL: Art is my lifestyle, it's my way to see and understand the world I am living in.
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