Photo Courtesy of  Kimberli Photography

Photo Courtesy of Kimberli Photography


An ethnically Russian artist who was born, raised, and educated in Central Asia (a former part of the USSR), Larisa dates her passion for art from an early school age when she attended drawing classes in after school programs. She developed a fusion of art styles growing up in a multicultural environment.

Larisa graduated from the University of Textile Industry (Tashkent, Uzbekistan) in 1993 with BA in Design & Art. There, she was part of the costume design committee for participants in the Independence Day Celebration of Uzbekistan in 1992. She also was a featured designer and participant in numerous fashion shows held at the University’s Fashion Theater.

Larisa came to the U.S.A. in 1995. She worked in the business world for several years while raising young family before deciding to go back to her true passion:  Art. 

Larisa is primarily an easel painter. Her art style is focusing on fantasy themes, illustrative ideas, and fashion sketches in acrylics, ink pen, oil pastels, color pencils, fabrics, faux finishes, and often a combination of the above for different effects. Many of her pieces are representations of women - the feminine forms of emotions, moods, and characters. Larisa is also accomplished as a muralist.

Her art has appeared in numerous galleries and graces the walls of many private residences and commercial spaces.

Larisa and her family reside in the state of Rhode Island, U.S.A.


 My art is my key to the secret garden, my way down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass. 

 I create art to define my feelings and emotions, to express my inner views and sensuality.  The subjects of my paintings are usually women.  My muse is an imagination that relies on collected images and real observation.  I begin my creation by submerging myself in trance, clearing daily worries from my mind.  With swooshing circular motions that render the curves of woman, violin, floral petal, a glass of wine or a cat, I follow with pen and brush the footprints of my daydreaming.

My artistic influences include Gustav Klimt, vintage and modern fashion sketches, and Art Nouveau.  I rejoice in blending diverse textures, materials and techniques, which result in mixed-media creations.  In my work you will discover playful lines of ink, deliciously textural acrylics, peek-a-boo fabrics, and unexpected red wine stains.

 Red, my favorite color, represents passion, energy, and power.   Combining crimson with other hues, I paint with a jewel-toned palette:  sparkling rubies, mysterious amethysts, caressing amber along with stunning emeralds and seductive sapphires.  Some of my works whisper sensually and others shout with vibrancy and fun.

 Currently I have been painting in a series that include "Girls Night Out", "Black Dress",  "Lace", and “Bedtime Stories”.  Also I enjoy creating corporate art pieces.

 I evolve along with my art, welcoming new challenges as I explore new ideas and techniques.

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