Liliya Popova is an artist from the Sakha Republic (also known as Yakutia) of the Russian Federation, who is now living and working in New York City. The people of Sakha live in northern Siberia, among the native Tungus people. They migrated from Tibet many years ago, and now speak the Turkic language and are Orthodox Christians. This mixture of ethnic, linguistic and religious backgrounds may explain the different traditions apparent in the artist's inner world and her art.
Liliya Popova graduated from the Ilya Repin Academy of Arts, St. Petersburg. Liliya's works are very personal, lyrical and feminine. They present themes and environments that are light-filled and radiate well-being and serenity.
The artist's work has been purchased by connoisseurs and collectors from around the world. Her pictures are held in the Sakha Republic's National Museum of Arts and in many private Russian collections and in galleries in the U.S.A., Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Italy, Turkey and South Korea.
Since Ms. Popova started studying painting during the period of the technical and philosophical realms of Russian Realism, she has expanded her personal vision into all realms of art, seeing artistic creativity and imagination as timeless and interrelated; a realm in which the next "ism" is the outcome and sequel of the previous one. Her own symbols are frequently drawn from folkloric arts and religion. They are easily divined, but at the same time they prompt connoisseurs of her paintings to reach into their subconscious and to come to terms with their own feelings and thoughts. She strives to awaken imagination of the viewer, to reward and challenge their innate esthetics - and to make them think about and question what they are seeing.