Artist Barbara "Barbsie" Safronova arranges her figures in traditional poses that can be traced back to Renaissance and ancient art, however, she groups her subjects into powerful communities of women. Using bright, modern colors, she illustrates the unique traits of each figure and the strength of women coming together. Barbara was born and raised in Russia and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Moscow Pedagogical State University. After graduating in 2015, she made a life-changing move to London to pursue her MFA in Portraiture at the renowned art school Central Saint Martins. "This was a precious era of freedom and creativity which opened many doors for me," says Barbara. "I discovered my true self and how easy it is to open your heart to the world, as the most important thing is to embrace the fact we are all so different in our needs and this difference makes the beauty of our life." Today, Barbara works from two studio locations - a big, white, clean space in the countryside where she can paint big canvases, and a smaller space in the city where she creates all of her sketches and small scale works.
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About The Artist
As a feminine artist, I often put as a central question the role of Woman in the world ruled by men's standards. Through the study of relationships and exploring the characters affecting gender, my art seeks the answer to the questions of what is the place of a strong woman nowadays, and how stereotypic and manipulative is the world of success and big achievements?
I actively support charities with my art, standing out to motivate and help people through art. I create art to inspire people to reach their goals, to motivate them and empower them to stand out for their interests, to live life to its full, to keep the high standards and believe in their abilities to achieve.
I am a laureate of two international art competitions. I have broadly exhibited my artworks, having done 22 exhibitions, 16 of them in London. 82 artworks are sold to art collectors over the world (UK, USA, Austria, Germany, Mexico, Singapore, Russia, Israel).
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
Master of Fine Arts, 2018
Moscow Pedagogical State UniversityBachelor of Fine Arts, 2015