About me

My Vision of Art

“When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music” – “The Prophet”, Kahlil Gibran


I believe that the real marvel in art is in the process through which it comes to be. I work, I paint, for the sake of the lived experience of a painting that often leads to introspection and inspires deeper revelations. My paintings originate with a desire to depict an observed vision and thereafter follow the demands of the image that emerges on the canvas. It’s to this visual phenomenon that I surrender all my learning and practice of art.

I have received training in traditional representational painting and drawing from Shevchenko State Art School of Kiev, Ukraine under the guidance of Oled Zhyvodkov, where the traditional representational painting and drawing techniques were emphasized. While acquiring BFA in Canada, from OCAD University I have experimented with various drawing and painting techniques. Ultimately it was in India where all my learning was put into perspective. India is the place where eternal primordial value system is evident and prevailing in all aspects of life and has withstood the tests of modern and postmodern “isms.” This Sacred Land has brought many revelations into my spiritual as well as artistic development. Here, under the guidance of Rameshwar Broota, I have received the needed setting and framework to allow the integration of the traditional with personal and universal.

Valentina Churilova

September 2001 – May 2006

Ontario College of Art and Design Bachelor of Fine Arts

September 1997 – June 1998

The Design Institute of Ukraine, Kiev


April 2018

“Nature Deliberated” Artcentrix Gallery, New Delhi

February 2018

“In Search of Samadhana” Triveni Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi

December 2017

“Winter Show” Open Air Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi

October 2017

Surrendra Paul Art Gallery at Sangeet Shyamala, New Delhi

November 2007

“Alter Toronto” Gallery 1313, Toronto, Canada

October 2007

“El Placer” Instituto Politecnico National, Mexico

September 2006

“Cycles Perfecta” Katherine Mulherin Contenporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada

September 2005

“Origins” Etobicoke Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada

June 2005

“Eyes of the Artists” 12th Annual Juried Art Show, Lakeshore Assembly Hall, Toronto, Canada

April 2005

“Metamorphoses Show” Ontario Society of Artists, 131st Annnual Open Juried Show, John B. Aird Gallery Toronto, Canada

March 2005

11th Annual Juried Figure Drawing Show, OCAD Gallery, Toronto Canada

March 2005

6th Annual Juried Drawing Show, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Canada.

March 2004

10th Annual Juried Figure Drawing Show, OCAD Gallery, Toronto, Canada


May 2004

AV Isaacs Tuition Scholarship for proficiency in drawing and painting.


August 2010 – August 2012

Instructor for art projects, International Cabella School, Italy

May 2008 – June 2009

Teaching for mural projects at Arts for Children of Toronto, Canada

September 2005-May 2010

Instructor at Visual Arts Mississauga, Canada

September 2003-May 2005

Assistant at KUMF Gallery, Toronto, Canada

March 2000 – August 2000

Teaching assistant at Living Space Mural Project, Canada

June 1999 – February 2000

Assistant KUBERA Gallery, Ukraine

June 1998 – May 1999

Set designer at Franko’s Theatre

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