by Callum Twigger in New Illustration on Wednesday 12 September 2012

Valeriya Volkova’s art suggests magic is everywhere. Drawing on an East European sensibility, Volkova integrates the innocuous and the urban with colourful mythology: her art is the art of parable, complete with onion turrets, pine tress, babushkas, bogatyrs, seaside vacation towns, and beasts of folklore. Her vivid pastels and gentle linework disguise her keen eye for the small contradictions and absurdities of modern life. Based in Philadelphia, Volkova works principally in acrylic or watercolour.