Julia Kiryanova (Kazakhstan) is an independent artist based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Kiryanova is known for her paintings and performances focusing on outsiders such as homosexuals, transgenders, prostitutes and disabled people but also freedom fighters. Freedom of expression is at the basis of all her works.
Kiryanova knew from a young age that painting and drawing were her greatest passions. She attended several art schools in Russia. In 2012 she moved to Europe, feeling that the country she grew up in did not allow her the artistic freedom she desired and did not provide healthy social environment. In 2016 she was admitted to the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and afterwards she attended to the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. End of 2018 she was granted by Dutch IND self-employed artist residence permit.
J.Kiryanova exhibited her work at Amsterdam museum, Museum Lieve Ons Op Solder, The National Holocaust Museum. Her work often compared to big names like L.Freud, A.Neel, F.Bacon.
A fascination for people lies at the heart of much of Kiryanova’s work. From the determination to capture what it means to be an 'outsider', to some of the social issues associated with gender, race, sexuality, and religion. Her latest paintings are characterised by a vibrant pink glow. Abandoned figures seem to float in an abstract dream world, where time has stopped everything, but them. Making you want to dive into this lucid void, the pieces really become realities of their own.