1. Which qualities of personality help an artist to make art and which hinder?

It helps to have an open mind and the ability to incorporate childlike thinking, that is, a naive view of things. With its help, you can find new meanings and images and convey them through art. 

What gets in the way most, in my opinion, is the fear of other people's opinions and the desire to please someone.   

2. What's your favorite thing to do besides art?

Spending my honestly earned money. I also like to have slow brunches with my family - when I can eat in several batches and watch a show while doing so.

3. have you ever had a situation in your life that influenced your art positively/negatively? Or greatly changed the way you look at what you do?

My life and creativity have been very much influenced by psychotherapy, which I've been doing leisurely, intermittently, for many years. It's a very effective way for me to understand myself at a deeper and deeper level. This understanding then, naturally, flows into creativity.

"If I have a pretend viewer sitting in my head, trying to please him, then the result is probably just made-up crap."

4. Who would you like to talk to out of all the personalities who have ever lived or are living now?

I would very much like to meet and talk to my first drawing teacher personally, the artist Artem Alekseev. He lives and works in Denmark. After I left his school in 2018, I wanted to visit him several times. But world disasters got in the way of plans. We've texted and called each other, but it's just not the same.

5. How does your art change the world, the cultural component, yourself?

I'm still too sober to answer that question.

6. What do you think the future of contemporary art is?

I want there to be more sincere and emotional works. I think it's 100% useless to make any conceptual predictions now.

7. What do you think about the rapidly gaining momentum of NFT? Do you plan to enter this niche?

NFT, as I understand it, is a way of securing rights to a work of art, which is great for digital art. I have several sculpture projects in the pipeline right now in this format. When I finish them, I will try to attach NFT to them.

8. What is the most valuable thing for you: in the world, in life, in creativity?

A good relationship with the people closest to me. The last couple of years have shown that absolutely everything can go to zero. The only thing you can keep is friendship and love.