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Artist Statement

I am a Ukrainian-American sculptor creating surrealistic art with unconventional materials. Portraiture in this form is both an exploration of social issues and an expression of my own past. The symbolic use of sharp glass, rich oil color, and abstract textures invites the viewer to reflect on their own human experience.

Artist Biography
Diana Luckysova

My name is Diana Luckysova. I was born in the Soviet Ukraine and moved to United States at the age of 22.  I’ve painted since childhood and pursued a career as a professional photographer for 14 years before I finally decided to take the plunge and become a full time sculptor.  I work with a mixture of industrial materials, glass and the oil painting medium to create my sculptures.

Throughout my life I’ve explored an eclectic range of experiences, hobbies and education.  I received a master’s degree in philosophy, learned to play chess at age 36, studied martial arts, and traded on the US stock exchange. I owned Luckysova Studios Gallery in Old Town, San Diego, won the first place in an international fine art photography competition, built websites, designed jewelry and clothing, and traveled, most recently to Angkor Wat, Cambodia, where I married my husband, Drew.  We currently live in Mexico where I volunteer at a local orphanage.

Life has been a crazy but wonderful ride. The hardest part was growing up in Ukraine. That experience has shaped my personality and how I communicate with the world through my art.

My works can be currently seen in Balboa Park, San Diego at the Sculptors Guild gallery.

Process

I use various epoxy mixtures and conventional construction materials as a base for my sculptures. The composition and technical execution are carefully planned prior to beginning the piece. Various editing software applications are used to create an anatomically-correct figure. A structural foundation is then assembled and the 3D elements are created using epoxy clays, a process which often requires wearing an industrial-grade respirator. This operation can be quite laborious as it is done in multiple layers. A combination of clay sculpting and stonework techniques is used to achieve a realistic figure with abstract elements. If a close likeness of the subject is preferred, I use 3D photography to gather multiple reference materials. Glass pieces are then broken and inlaid into desired shapes.

Once the sculpture is dry and non-toxic, it is mechanically attached, sanded and primed with a high quality oil primer. The final oil painting finish is the most freestyle part of the artwork where I can paint in a more abstract manner. The painting usually has at least 4 layers to achieve the desired depth of color. To maintain the paint integrity, I do not use solvents, only extra refined linseed oil. This slows down the painting process but eliminates mixing mistakes and ensures the durability of the paint. I use a limited pallet for the same reasons.

Next, a custom frame is designed to structurally support the entire piece and then finished to complement the theme. Flexing surfaces are painted with acrylics and the external frame is often touched up with oil to give it a deeper color.

Depending on the size of the sculpture, the entire process can take over a year with the minimum time being 3 months for a smaller portrait. Oil paints alone can take months to be dry to the touch and a year to fully cure. The piece can also be delivered wet, however, safely secured inside of a custom-made wooden crate.

 

More Information
Luckysova Art Balboa Park
  • Name: Diana Luckysova (formerly Konrad);
  • Born: Odessa, Ukraine 1982;
  • Specialties: sculpture, oil painting, photography;
  • Worked in USA: 2005 to present;
  • Current location: San Diego and Mexico;
  • Relationship Status: married;
  • Interests: arts, music, nature, human rights and chocolate;
  • Hobbies: chess, travel, fitness and DIY;
  • Education: Masters Degree in Philosophy Odessa University of Mechnikov 1999-2005; Photography coursework at Glendale Community College 2006-2007; Took classes in oil painting at Web Art Academy – 2013-2014; Studied human anatomy at Proko – 2018-2020; self taught sculptor;
  • Skills: ZBrush, Photoshop, WordPress, Premier Pro;
  • Languages: Russian (native), English (fluent), Ukrainian (fluent), Spanish (intermediate in reading);
  • Publications and Awards: Vogue.it, La Fashion, Rancho Santa Fe, FINE San Diego, 1st place $3000 winner in LA International body art competition, Skin Wars National TV Series, ND Awards, Dark Beauty, San Diego Reader, L.A. Jewelry, Red-I Fashion, House Of Ukraine, SD Voyager, “Actions Speak” book promotion, Amprion Pharmaceuticals, Old Town guide;
  • Solo Shows: 3/07/2020 San Diego Sculptor’s Guild gallery;
  • Exhibitions and sales: San Diego Sculptors Guild Gallery 2020 – current, Luckysova Studios 2015-2018, La Bodega Gallery 2015-2019, LA Body Fine Art 2015.
Solo Show March 7th