Varvara Neiman is a professional Artist, who was born into an artistic family in St. Petersburg. Art and teaching professions have been passed on from generation to generation. At the age of 18, she became one of the youngest students admitted to the world-famous Academy of Fine Arts, where she gained her master’s degree. After graduating, Varvara specialised in scenography and costume design in some of the most famous theatres of St Petersburg. Her first international exhibition took place in Snape Maltings in 1991 followed by involvement in a number of similar events including the Aldeburgh Festival and Suffolk Open Studios.
Varvara moved to the UK permanently in 1999 and began teaching first with East Berkshire College and then with Buckinghamshire Adult Learning, acquiring a PGCE qualification in 2006. She demonstrates to many art societies and recently delivered two workshops at the Royal Academy. She has her own studio in Beaconsfield, adjacent to Artsmart School of Art where she has taught since 2007.
Her classes include watercolour, oils and acrylic painting. Varvara is enthusiastic about painting en plein air and passionate about Cezanne’s famous quote: “Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realising one’s sensation…” Recent works from painting trips to France, Italy and Spain will be included as part of her 2020 Bucks Art Weeks exhibition.
The execution of commissioned portraits is another important aspect of Varvara’s career. Her artwork is held in private and Royal collections across Russia, the UK, France and America.
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