Tania Darashkevich

I was born in small town Prilyki, Ukraine and immigrated to Canada with my family. When I arrived to Canada, I focused my career on art. I started to work as an artist-painter and learned design. I live in the Toronto area with my family, where I work as a graphic designer, and enjoy a fruitful career as a still-life painter. My artworks have been exhibited in Canada, the USA and Europe.

My “teachers” in Art are Jan Vermeer and Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin. I admire their attention to simple and modest things. Though, I don’t feel like I want to compete with them. My style is realistic, but with contemporary touch - strike of lights and the darkness of the shadows, the brightness of the floral and softness of the texture. Most of the times I use photos for the reference, but my paintings are never the same as photographs.

EDUCATION
2000 Web-design, Toronto
1982-1988 State University of Leningrad (St. Petersburg), Russia (Bachelor of Arts)
1980-1982 Art College of Dnepropetrovsk, Illustrator, Ukraine

EXHIBITIONS (selected)
2007 - Solo Art Show, Westmount Gallery, Toronto
2007 - Annual Juried Art Show Oakville, City Hall, ON
2005 - Solo Art Show, Westmount Gallery, Toronto
2003 - Solo Art Show, Westmount Gallery, Toronto
2000-2008 "Shadow Box" annual Art show and Auction, Textile Museum
of Canada, Toronto, ON
2000-2006 Art-Expo, New York, USA
2002 "Flowers" Kodiak Gallery, Richmond-Hill, ON
2000 Summer Art Show, Oakville, ON
2000 Envers Chapin Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1990 -1998 Number of art exhibitions in Belarus, Ukraine and Russia

GALLERIES
2009-present Gallery One, Toronto, ON
2008-present Kurbatoff Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2007-present Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON
2001-present Westmount Gallery, Toronto, ON
2001-present Gallery 2000, Montreal, QC

AWARDS
2007 – “People Choice Award” Art Works Oakville. Oakville City
2007 -  “Honorable Mention” Annual Juried Art Show Oakville, City Hall ON
2006 – 3rd PRIZE “INTERNATIONAL ARTIST MAGAZINE” Art Competition USA

BIBLIOGRAPHIE
Noel Meyer, “New Frontiers in Canada”, “Magazin Art” #4/ Summer 2006, p.127-130