born Zhitomir, Ukraine    





M.F.A.  San Francisco State University, SF, CA, concentration in Painting                                    2003-2006    

B.F.A., Parsons School of Design, NY, concentration in Painting                                                    1992-1996     

Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, Netherlands, International Exchange Residency                   1995    

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, Pre-College Summer Program Scholarship                                               1991         

Zhitomir Art School, Zhitomir, Ukraine                                                                                              1984-1989    





2007        Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Artist Grant

        Grants for the Arts, San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, Voluntary Arts Contribution Fund 

        Artist/Writer Grant, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont

        San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Grant for a public art projects

2006        KALA Board Prize finalist, juror Yuzo Nakano 

        Headlands Center for the Arts MFA Fellowship Award

2005        Jack and Gertrude Murphy Fellow, San Francisco Foundation

        Bill Graham Foundation Grant

        California Arts Council YEA! Grant

2004         SFSU Graduate Fellowship Award

        San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Grant

        Martin Wong Scholarship in Painting

        San Francisco State University Grant

         Friends of Parks and Recreation Community Project Grant

              San Francisco Women Artists Scholarship

2003         San Francisco Youth Fund Grant

1999         Empire State Partnership Grant




    2011        Frisco Discovery Center, Frisco, TX

2006-07      Headlands Center For the Arts, Sausalito, CA. One year studio residency

2003-06      Romberg Tiburon Center Artist Residency, Tiburon Belvedere, CA

1999-01     PS 179, Brooklyn, NY. Artist-in-Residence. Working with students on a series of public works             for the school and the Metropolitan Transit Authority.


Solo Exhibitions:



Infinite Desire workshop and installation, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX



Infinite Desire, Forum Gallery, Brookhaven  College, School of the Arts, Farmers Branch, TX

Vanishing, video installation, Frisco Discovery Center, Frisco, TX



Liquid Interior, Headlands Center for the Arts, Project Space, Sausalito, CA



Beyond This Room, architectural window installation, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

Durwood Zedd Fine Art, San Francisco, CA


Selected Exhibitions



Faculty Exhibition, Forum Gallery, Brookhaven College, School of the Arts, Farmers Branch, TX



Infinite Desire, solo video installation, P2 Installation Space, Works Gallery, San Jose, CA

Desiderium, multiple video projections, paintings, Aferro Gallery, Newark, NJ

Exact-o, installation and paintings, Works Gallery, San Jose, CA

Liquid Interior, Project Space Residency, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA



Phantasm: Invisible Bodies, Haunted Spaces, curator Gina Basso, Space Gallery, San Francisco, CA 

Improbable installation, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

Improbable installation, SFSU Fine Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Bright Lights II , A Street Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA



GenArt Emerge, The Warfield Building, San Francisco, CA, jurors: Karin Breuer, The Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, Brian Gross, Brian Gross Fine Art

Past Lives Personal Exorcisms, Blackbird Space, San Francisco, CA

Murphy and Cadogen Fellowship Exhibition, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Jurors: Rene de Guzman, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Steven Jenkins, Frameline, Carol Ladewig, Oakland Art Gallery

Works on Paper, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA, 

Pierogi 2000, New York, NY, Flat Files

Artists Space, New York, NY, Online Artists File



RX Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Linc Real Art, San Francisco, CA, Moving Mountains

Ukrainian Institute of America, New York, NY

The Artery, SFSU, San Francisco, CA, Emergence

Terrapin Gallery, New York, NY

The Lab, San Francisco, CA, Benefit Auction

Fine Arts Gallery, SFSU, San Francisco, CA, Out of the Black into the Red



Works Gallery, San Jose, CA, Marking Time

New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA, Gimme Polaroid

The Lab, San Francisco, CA, Post Postcard 7

Adobe Books, San Francisco, CA, Peace Please

The Lab, San Francisco, CA, Benefit Auction

The Lab, San Francisco, CA, Drawing Show

Zedd Fine Art, San Francisco, CA 



Adobe Books, San Francisco, CA, painting show

Build, San Francisco, CA, Gimme Polaroid

Zedd Fine Art, San Francisco, CA 

Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY



A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY



Soho Editions, Irvington, NY, Wall Drawings

Coben Gallery, Dallas, TX, paintings/ installation

Morton H. Meyerson Center, Dallas, TX



Washington Heights Art Center, New York, NY, Transitions



Atelier 14, New York, NY, paintings

Parsons Gallery, New York, NY, thesis exhibition



Gerrit Rietveld Show Space, Amsterdam, Netherlands



Bing, Allison.  “’Past Lives and Personal Exorcisms’ at Blackbird Space.” Artweek, February 2006

Berry, Colin, “’Bright Lights’ at A Street Gallery, Artweek, May 2006

Windborne, Jamie. “Edgy art to spark latest trend.” City Fanfare Art, Dec.12, 2004



College Art Association Annual Conference, New York, NY 2007, 2008

Empire State Partnership Summer Conference, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY 1999

Face-to-Face Roundtable Conference, New York, NY 1999


Teaching Experience


Adjunct Faculty, Brookhaven College School of the Arts, Dallas, TX             2009-present

Teaching all levels of water-based painting, and drawing 


Instructor, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA                          2006-2010

Teaching courses in the SFAI ACE  and the City Studio Pre-College programs.  Some of the courses include: Painting and Permutations – advanced painting; Visionary Voices, combining conceptual strategies used in drawing, writing, and architectural construction; Portrait Painting in Oil; Watercolor courses; Visionary Spaces, utilizing architectural model making as a method of investigating and developing ideas.


Guest Lecturer, John F. Kennedy University, department of Art and Consciousness, Berkeley, CA       2007    

Presented a lecture on the relationships between painting and installation.  Some of the subjects discussed: perception, scale, framing, spatial relationships, illusion, 2D and 3D materials and processes.


Visiting Artist, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA                     2005

Designing and implementing a mixed media project examining notions of ‘deep space’ in painting


Teaching Assistant, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA                     2004

Assisting in teaching intermediate-level figure painting class.


Founder and Artistic Director, Star Mountain Art, San Francisco, CA                                      2003-present

Creating an interactive learning community for artists, children and families, which includes after-school and summer programs, Community Mural projects, and family festivals.  Providing free innovative arts and yoga programs for over 400 low-income children in San Francisco.


Teaching Artist, Imagine Bus Project, San Francisco, CA                    2006-present

Designing and implementing a range of creative thinking and Youth Leadership projects combining arts and entrepreneurship for Bay Area youth.


Teaching Artist, Holy Family Day Center, San Francisco, CA                                2003-2004 

Designing and facilitating multi-medium projects through the ARTREACH program 


Lead Teacher, Children’s Art Center, San Francisco, CA                                      2002-2003

Facilitating innovative learning through exploration and self-expression.


Artistic Director, Marisha School For the Arts, New York, NY                                2000-2002

Founding and managing after school art education center for youth


Artist Facilitator, Artist Cares, New York, NY                                                        2001-2002

Developing and leading Artist Preparation Workshops, promoting healing through creative expression in response to September 11.


Artist-in-Residence, Art Horizons, New York, NY                                                  1998-2002

Designing and teaching visual arts programs through Project Arts