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Zoia Skoropadenko



Zoïa Skoropadenko was born in Ukraine.

She has been making art as long as she can remember.

From the age of five she was tutored by Ukrainian National Artist, Grigory Sinitsa.

She studied from the age of 8 at the National Art School and at the Institute of Fine Arts until the age of 12, when the fall of the Soviet Union made it impossible for anyone without money to get an Art Education.

She continued her education in Lviv National University. As a leading student journalist which a network or international journalist friends she was unceremoniously kicked out of the University for being a spy. As the owner on a PC and modem how could she not be funded by the CIA?

Without a spy’s bank account filled with Yankee dollars Zoia nonetheless bounced back.

She hitched hiked around Europe, often sleeping with the homeless and after a long adventure “down and out in Europe” ended up in Monaco and found herself a job.

If you are not the daughter of an oligarch, or a trained and funded CIA operative it isn’t easy for a young artist to make ends meet in Monaco.

However the world’s most glamorous playground needs multi-lingual translation. So Zoia, who speaks 8 languages, found herself working in the art scene and at the same time supporting herself translating. 

While helping yacht brokers sell to enterprising East Europeans who had got rich quick she also helped Interpol arrest and interrogate enterprising East European’s who were hoping to get rich quick. 

Meanwhile she participated in the artistic life of the Cote D’Azur.

Along the way she met such prominent contemporary artists as Arman(Nouveau Realisme), Ernst Fuchs (Fantastic Realisme), Sosno, Emma de Sigaldi, Folon and Robert Rauschenberg and became a member of National Art Committee and ADAGP, illustrated a book and exhibited. 

In 2008 during the economic crisis, times became very tough and to make ends meet, Zoia was to reduce to buying what food was cheapest in the market and docks at the end of the day.

On morning, a kindly local fishermen gave her a bag of octopus for a lunch. 

She wanted to eat it, but she had an idea that made her hungrier to create than to fill her stomach.

The idea was to use the Octopus to create a sculpture.

And so the kind gift of food became the TORSO series.

Things began to look up.

4 years later she had her first show of TORSO in London.

The series was mentioned in influential art magazines like Creative Review and things began to take off.
In 2010 she opened her personal exhibition space in Palais de La Scala in Monaco called “La Vitrine.”
In 2011 Monaco government granted her the status of a Professional Artist-Painter of Monaco.
She exhibits regularly; in 2012, her work was hung in Monaco, London and Marseilles. In 2013 her exhibitions were held at the Council of Europe, in Paris, in Marseille, in Osaka, Japan and in China.
In 2014 Zoia exhibited in Monaco, Paris, La Brigue and Ube in Japan. In 2015 Zoia already had eight personal exhibitions in London, Paris, Monaco and Tokyo. Zoia opened her personal exhibition in Tokyo in April and another one in Paris and in Monaco in April. Zoia is now working on sculptures for Italy, Japan and France and looking forward to her next exhibitions in Paris, Fukushima and London later this year. 

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