Inga Krymskaya is a contemporary visual artist. Born in Ufa, capital of the Bashkiria region of Russia, Inga left her native land during the Perestroika and moved to the Netherlands in 1993. Having lived in Amsterdam for the past 23 years, she is now London-based. With a grandfather of Tatar origin and a Jewish grandmother, she is fascinated by issues around identity and spirituality – something that was supressed during Soviet times.
Inga’s work has been exhibited at numerous art fairs and galleries across the world, including G-77 Gallery in Kyoto, VK Gallery in Amsterdam, Wall Gallery in Amsterdam, Arttitud San Francisco, Berliner Liste (Germany), SCOPE (New York, Basel), and the Antwerp EXPO. She will next be featuring Variation 17 of The Feast of Venus at Scope Miami from 1st to 6th December.
If there was one piece of art you could feature in, which would it be and why?
I would actually choose to be in a film which I consider to be a work of art - Ostrov by Pavel Lungin. It's a film about about a fictional 20th century Eastern Orthodox monk with a dark past (he was forced by a Nazi officer to kill his captain in order to stay alive).
I'm fascinated by psychology and issues around redemption, and would love to observe the process of transformation that the main character Anatoly achieves by helping people using his healing and prophetic powers.
Who inspires you and why? An artist, a family member, someone current or historical?
I am greatly inspired by Picasso. He was actually the reason I started to paint. When I was living in Russia, we didn't have access to many books. Still, I managed to get my hands on a tiny Picasso leaflet depicting one of his lesser known works, 'The Blue Nude'. I really fell in love with that painting and copied it onto the leather pillow of a wooden chair - that was my first work of art!
I am also very much influenced by Fellini's films. The blend of fantasy and dreams in his movies are elements that I have incorporated in my work.
What are your cultural aspirations? What do you still want to see, do and achieve?
My art aims to evoke positive feelings and help people connect with their inner child. There is much I want to see, do and achieve but at the moment my main focus is bringing people together through collaborative projects.
What are your favourite cultural cities in the world and why?
I love visiting Paris whenever I feel the need to connect to my 'theoretical' background. I go there quite frequently to visit its numerous cultural institutions and galleries, as well as fellow artists.
New York is also dear to me as I have exhibited several times there. The fast moving pace of this city is a nurturing environment for innovative, extravagant art.
Berlin is the epicenter of social artistry, producing constantly meaningful art.
What are you up to at the moment and where can we find it?
My latest project, 3045 Variations on “The Feast of Venus”, aims to explore all the different possibilities conceivable on one theme, using various mediums. I have completed several interpretations on Rubens' painting already, using dissimilar ways to give the painting another meaning each time. My intention is to collaborate on the project with other artists not only to share my vision but to expand on the potential and innumerable choices that we are faced with when viewing Rubens' work. Also, collaborative projects are exciting as you cannot predict or control the outcome!
You can find out more about the 3045 Variations on “The Feast of Venus” in my call to artists here, and about my upcoming projects which includes Scope Miami from 1st to 6th December on my website http://www.ingakrymskaya.com/.