Rising Star: Yuliya Kachan


I was born in 1987 in Lelchitsy (Belarus). Since this region was affected by the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, many settlements were emptied. The same can be said about the village where I grew up. Therefore as a child, I was surrounded by almost wild nature, where I spent most of my time. I graduated from the Belarusian State University and worked in the laboratory of medical genetics until 2017. Since 2017, I have been working as a freelancer in the field of design and illustration, as well as an artist, mainly in the field of figurative painting.

At a young age, it seemed to me that it was thanks to science that I would be able to understand for myself something important about human nature. However, while working in the medical genetics lab, I sometimes made sketches of human faces from medical atlases and articles. It seems to me that they fascinated me with their unusual beauty. In addition, behind each photo there was a whole story and often a whole unusual world. It seemed incredible to me that a person’s appearance could be the key to a diagnosis, and there were lists of features for every syndrome. And although I have not focused on this topic for a long time, the human essence still interests me. I like to think that there is so much in our genes from animals and fish and even more ancient creatures. I love to portray the inseparability of man with nature, which will be with us until we replace our bodies with something more technological, devoid of cells and DNA. Therefore, when thinking through my work, I especially concentrate on the most subconscious images and the earliest, most nostalgic memories, trying to feel this elusive connection.

Invisible Friend, 2022
Oil on canvas, 20 x 15 cm
The Lotion, 2022
Mixed Media on canvas, 50 x 60 cm
Shopping day, 2021
Oil on canvas, 60 x 70 cm
After the Fire, 2022
Oil on canvas, 70 x 80 cm
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