I paint people located in natural landscapes, or surrounded by the elements like flowers, grass and trees. I painstakingly delineate these elements to give my compositions an intense energy. Natural motifs often encircle the figures like a halo or a throne in order to give them a religious aura.
Anastasiya Kostyshyn – A unique portrait artist
Natural motifs often encircle the figures like a halo or a throne in order to give them a religious aura. Anastasiya’s use of bright, glazed colors gives her work a surreal, luminous atmosphere to heighten the effect of myth and religiosity. Symbolic elements show a mythical or sinister aspect of her work.
At what age did you know you wanted to be an artist?
I could draw and paint since I was a child, but I’ve never considered myself an artist. It was my hobby which I was perfecting throughout the time. Then, after I graduated with a bachelor degree diploma from the American Academy of Art, I realized that I am a real artist. What used to be my hobby has now became my profession.
What is the earliest artwork you did that you can remember?
The earliest artwork that I remember was this “magazine” I made for my mom to cheer her up after work. It had different drawings and collages in it. I used to make such magazines again from time to time.
Which classical or contemporary artists have inspired you?
One of the contemporary artists that I admire is Brad Kunkle. A lot of his work inspires me because of the “otherworldly” atmosphere that they have. He does figurative, realistic portraits. When it comes to the classical artists, I admire the Pre Raphaelite movement artists.
How would you describe your artistic style?
I paint realistic portraits. People that I paint are often encircled with nature elements like trees, flowers, etc. I like to use bright, glazed colors to create a luminous, surreal atmosphere.
When did you first sell an artwork? How did you feel?
It was a commissioned portrait by a young woman who I met at the beauty salon quite a while ago. While we were getting a haircut she learned that I’m good at painting. Then, I showed her some photos of my paintings and she commissioned me to paint a portrait of her and her niece. I was pretty excited about that.
What's your workstyle? Do you work on one piece at a time or work simultaneously on multiple pieces?
I usually work simultaneously on several pieces. Painting is very important to me. I can paint the whole day long and take just a few breaks. I try to spend as much time as I can painting and improving my skills, because then I feel that I’m going in the right direction in my life.
How do you get the inspiration for a new piece?
I usually begin with just taking some photos of the person I want to paint. Then I try to think of a background and details. The inspiration comes during work.
Tell us a bit about your personal life ...
I was born in Ukraine. I moved to the U.S. about seven years ago. I really wanted to become an artist so I went to the American Academy of Art in Chicago to study fine arts. I recently graduated and my next step would be to go to the grad school.
“A picture is a poem without words” – Horace
A few pieces from Anastasiya Kostyshyn’s gallery
Why they love Anastasiya Kostyshyn’s art
Anita Davila (Chicago)
“Beautiful portraits! Anastasiya is a very talented artist. The detail is amazing; great work with the light and shadows. I can’t wait to see more of her work.”
Larysa Malovana (Chicago)
“ The work is incredibly beautiful, done very skillfully. I admire these paintings and this talents of such a young artist. Good luck in the future, and in the further development of this talent.”
More about Anastasiya Kostyshyn
Shows & Exhibitions
Uketoberfest, St. Joseph the Betrothed Ukrainian Catholic Church, Chicago, IL (2017)
Limitless, Reunion Chicago, Chicago, IL (2017)
3rd Annual Figures and Faces International Online Juried Art Exhibition, Fusion Art Gallery, Palm Springs, CA (2017)
American Academy of Art Fine Art Show, Bill L. Parks gallery, Chicago, IL (2017)
American Academy of Art Fine Art Show, Bill L. Parks gallery, Chicago, IL (2016)
Society Of Illustrators Annual Student Competition, Museum of American Illustration, New York, NY (2016)
American Academy of Art Fine Art Show, Bill L. Parks gallery, Chicago, IL (2015)
American Academy of Art Fundamentals of Art Show, Bill L. Parks gallery, Chicago, IL (2014)
An Artistic Discovery, Congressional Art Competition for High School Students, Washington, DC (2013)
Triton College High School Art Competition 2012, The Triton College Fine Arts Department, Chicago, IL (2012)
Artistic Discovery Art Competition, The 9th Congressional District, Washington, DC (2012)
RidgExpo 2012 Art Competition, The Ridgewood High School Art Club, Harwood Heights , IL (2012)
RidgExpo 2011 Art Competition, The Ridgewood High School Art Club, Harwood Heights, IL (2011)
9th Congressional District Art Competition, Washington, DC (2011
President’s Best of Show Award, Fine Art Show, American Academy of Art, Bill L. Parks gallery, Chicago, IL (2017)
Honorable Mention, Fine Art Show, American Academy of Art, Bill L. Parks gallery, Chicago, IL (2016)
Honorable Mention, Fundamentals Show, American Academy of Art, Bill L. Parks gallery, Chicago IL (2014)
Honorable Mention, The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, New York, NY (2013)
Red Ribbon Award, The Triton College Fine Arts Department, Chicago, IL (2012)
Yellow Ribbon Award, The Triton College Fine Arts Department, Chicago, IL (2012)