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Sofiia Olena Kalmykova/ Book Edition

Sofiia was born in Simferopol, Ukraine on February 18, 1997. She has been interested in art since childhood. In 2013 she witnessed the process of occupation of Crimea by Russian troops. As a result, in the fall of 2014 Sofia and her family were forced to leave their home in the Crimea and move to Lviv, the west of Ukraine, where she started to study design.

During her studies, she took a deep dive into the world of art. In 2019 Sofia had her first personal exhibition at the Lviv Palace of Arts. With her fellow young artists, she organized several modern art performances which made an impact on the cultural life of Lviv. In 2020 she graduated from Ukrainian Academy of Printing (fine arts).

After graduating took part in several open calls and artist projects in Berlin, and she was published in the Boomer Galery magazine in 2020. During the period from 2020 till the end of 2021 Sofia had problems with mental health and needed therapy and treatment, and art helped her to survive the hardest, she thought so before the February 2022, period of her life.

But one day Sofia's life, as life of millions of Ukrainian people in Ukraine and around the world, has changed.

After the beginning of the Russian invasion on 24th February 2022, she started volunteering and later became an art and main tutor for Ukrainian refugee children in a middle school in the city of Leipzig. Sofia believes, that through art children could better manage their fears after witnessing horrible things during their journey from bombarded Ukraine to Europe. But she also never stops creating art by herself.

Right now Sofia lives in Leipzig, Germany, where she keeps on looking for new experiences, improves her technique, and looks for new opportunities.


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