“According to Joseph Beuys, art is a science of freedom. Not only that but it's a different reality that requires slowing down and looking. Just as a ray of light falls askance at some well-known object, and makes it look different.”
Dr. Veronica Shimanovskaya is a St. Petersburg-born, New York-based, multidisciplinary, award-winning artist with advanced degrees in art, architecture, and theatre.
Grounded in classical training, Shimanovskaya adeptly navigates the realms of painting, sculpture, sound, and video. While expanding her practice to include conceptual art, installation, and moving image, she remains steadfast in her commitment to painting. Veronica's exploration of mixed-media installation flourished during her pursuit of a Professional Doctorate degree at UEL, under the guidance of avant-garde filmmaker Professor John Smith and Turner Prize-winning sculptor Grenville Davey.
Drawing from metaphysics, Veronica endeavors to capture the pure subjectivity at the intersection of the personal and societal. Her artistic experiments involve the interplay of materials to construct the reality of her fictional worlds.
Since the 1990s, Shimanovskaya has exhibited internationally, gracing museums and galleries in Japan, Finland, the UK, France, Italy, Russia, and Mexico. Key highlights include her participation in the 57th, 58th, and 59th Venice Biennale, Thessaloniki Art Week 2018, London Art Week 2016, and World Art Dubai 2022. Notable accolades include the 2019 Mayor of Kobe Art Award and Certificates of Merit from the Luxembourg Art Award in 2021 and 2022. Her works find a place in both private and institutional collections.
Beyond her canvas pursuits, Veronica is a curator, designer, playback theatre actor, and a poet member of the British Haiku Society. She is the founder of EphemerEye, an online video art showcasing platform that provided live exhibiting opportunities for time-based media from 2017 to 2023.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist