Hello! My name is Sasha Laika and I am a Russian born British artist and illustrator currently based in Italy. I studied figurative art in Moscow, Russia, followed by a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration in the UK.
In my practice I create highly intricate works that play with fact and fiction and swing between fantasy and reality. My works draw on imagery from mythology, folklore and religious iconography, as well as inspiring patterns of Slavic arts and crafts with the rich colours found in Russian iconography.
I am interested in observing and visualising abstract concepts that are inherent to being a human. These are intangible concepts like states of mind, emotion or being. My focus is to show the visceral sensation through a figurative metaphor rather than an interpretation of a linguistic construct.