Juljia Mostykanova

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When artist Juljia (pronounced Yulia) Mostykanova came to Nantucket, from the Lithuanian village of Pagegiai, she was a student on a work travel program, studying engineering. She was immediately taken by the island, and decided to stay after the program.

During the winter of 2003, she signed up for her first painting class at the Artists Association.

“I always felt like there was this artistic thing in me,” explained Mostykanova. “I just didn’t know what it was.”

Mostykanova thrived in her painting classes, studying under Sherri Wilson Rae, Katie Trinkle Legge and David Lazarus, to name a few.

“Being around great artists, and in a great artist community, has meant everything to me,” said Mostykanova. “Everyone is so supportive. We have artistic discussions, critiques. We even watch movies about art. It’s been amazing.”

Mostykanova sold her first painting — of her pet Chihuahua — at an Artists Association student show in 2004.

“Then it started to take off for me,” said Mostykanova.

She painted every day after work, while reading everything she could get her hands on about painting.

In 2006, she began showing her work at South Wharf Gallery, and her first private show followed in July of 2011, where she sold almost all of her work.

Today Mostykanova paints full-time, while continuing her painting education. She has received two artist in residency grants at the Vermont Studio Center, and takes painting workshops through the Rhode Island School of Design. She also teaches painting and jewelry making at the Artists Association.

Mostykanova’s medium is oil, and she describes her style as representational with a contemporary feel.

“I am interested in realistic painting, and I am inspired by the Old Masters,” she said. “I like to create a mood, and an antique depth, using layers and glazing, sometimes sanding between the layers.”

Mostykanova paints still lifes and landscapes, but is always experimenting, growing.
“I am still figuring it all out,” she said. “There is nowhere else in the world I would have had the opportunities I’ve had here. This is a special place.”