Nadia Kisseleva was born in Russia and subsequently brought up and educated
under the influence of Russian heritage and culture. She started her initial art
education at the age of eight and was accepted at Rayzan College of Art, Russia
when she was only fourteen years old. Later she continued studies as an
independent student at the Leningrad Academy of Art.
From 1980 she worked and exhibited in Kenya. Nadia’s work dramatically changed
under the influence of the multicultural heritage of East Africa. The work of this
period, based on studies of cultural and ethnographic material, had a
characteristically strong colours, intense contrasts and rich textures.
When she moved with her family to the United Kingdom in 1996, her work developed
in a different direction: it became more reflective on theoretical issues of art and, at
the same time, more concerned with socio-political landscape.
After successfully completing studies at the Wimbledon College of Fine Art, Nadia
had to re-examine her practice and her approach to painting yet again.
This led to a development of a number of projects like ‘Document, ‘Bags and Boxed’ ,
‘Post Card From…’ along with several others. Some of them she made in Austria
where she lived and worked for several years.
In 2016 Nadia completed her Master in Fine Arts course with distinction; ‘Stripped’
has won a prestigious First Prize Award from the Gertrude Aston Bowater Bequest
and has been exhibited at the number of venues in the United Kingdom and abroad.
Nadia’s work can be found in private and public collections in the United Kingdom,
United States, Denmark, Germany, Russia and other countries.