Julia Kiryanova (Russia) is an independent multidisciplinary artist based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Kiryanova is known for her paintings and performances using nude bodies and confronting vulnerability with sexuality. A fascination for people lies at the heart of much of Kiryanova’s work. Freedom of expression, sensuality and boldness are the basis of all her works. Her performances show the beauty and cruelty of nudity. Freedom of expression and vulnerability are key in her work. Some of the performances are actually made into video-art, providing the onlooker the chance to relive the experience over and over again.
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.
Next to her visual art, Julia Kiryanova is a performance artist. Her performances show the beauty and cruelty of nudity, sexuality and the possibilities of the human body. Kiryanova is often part of the performance, stretching herself to the impossible, either emotionally or physical.