"I am born and raised in Kyiv, Ukraine. I studied at the Faculty of Journalism, but painted all my life. In 2017 I quit my job and started painting full time. In 2022, having a small child, I had to evacuate from the basement in Kyiv to Prague. Since then, I have been researching the concept of home, native place, and comfort, because it is impossible to live in my own home now. I use minimalistic media: paper and ballpoint pen. Evacuated person draws with what is in his backpack. After a year of evacuation, I add colors to my work. I also introduced the theme of the house to my son, because the language of the picture is often magical and fairytale. I also have many surreal portraits as a reflection of my own state: a woman, an artist, a mother, an emigrant. Because here in emigration I understood how strange and lonely I am. "
Anastasia Budan, Painter