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About The Artist

Lyuba was born in Moscow, Russia in 1979. But by the time she could walk, her family moved to the Far East of Russia to the city of Khabarovsk. There, she attended art schools from the early age of eight. Her love of art began as soon as she could hold a pencil. Lyuba would create drawings to illustrate the Russian fairytales her mother would read or her father's tales of the wild adventures he took into the mountains.

In 1995 Lyuba came to the United States as a high school exchange student and continued her studies in art at the Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. After graduating, she started Two For Tea Design Studio, specializing in freelance design and illustration.

Lyuba lives in Little Rock with her husband Marty and daughters Aleksandra and Ekaterina. After working as a senior art director at a large advertising agency for fifteen years, Lyuba is now fully devoted to being a full time fine artist, illustrator and freelance designer. Look for her illustrations in "Noah Builds a Boat" by Dr. Mary Manz Simon, a Random House Golden Book and in “Winter in Songming” by Page McBrier, published by Heifer International in 2008.  

Lyuba is also passionate about teaching art classes to people of all ages. She has taught at the Arkansas Art Center as well as at various art programs in Arkansas. She continues to teach private and group art classes. She believes that by looking at everything through "artist's eyes", we learn new appreciation and understanding for ourselves, each other and the world we live in. 


Inspiration

I am an idealist and an optimist. In my art I try to capture the wonder of a child looking at the world that is full of magic, with eyes not clouded by prejudices. I like to employ unexpected combinations of ideas and a variety of points of view. I want my drawings to be believable and convincing, but I do not strive for photorealism. I love the fact that I can be versatile with style and media, I do not want the essence of my art to be boiled down to style, technique or even a particular subject matter. My goal is to express myself joyfully and lovingly through my imagination with the help of any technique and creative medium at my disposal. I hope my art lifts your spirits, makes you smile and offers you a glimpse into a mystery of one human mind.   

Techniques

Storytelling drives my art. The choice of the medium is secondary. I love to learn a new medium – it adds to my arsenal of effective visual storytelling tools. I love working with pencils, charcoal, pen & ink, color pencils, acrylics, oils, even 3D characters and stop-action animation, but I especially love soft pastels. Drawing with soft pastels on sanded paper, I create rich colors and painterly textures while being able to constantly modify and improve my drawing. My recent studies of old master techniques with late maestro Frank Covino helped me learn to achieve life-like skin-tones and depth in my paintings with the use of grayscale underpainting.

career highlights

Lyuba Bogan’s fine art has been featured in exhibitions and galleries in Russia, Japan and the United States. Her commercial illustration work has been published in children’s books, magazines, advertising and retail products distributed nationally. 

Lyuba's art can be found in many private collections. She has worked on commissioned portraits for private citizens and organizations such as Arkansas Community Foundation. Her artwork "Reflections," commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Little Rock Central High School Integration is on permanent display at the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site museum. 

Lyuba Bogan illustrated three full children's books, including a Random House Golden Book, "Noah Builds a Boat" and was one of the 50 illustrators from across the world chosen to illustrate Desmond Tutu's "Children of God Storybook Bible."  

Lyuba is also an award-winning designer, recognized locally and regionally. Click below to see Lyuba's design/illustration work portfolio. 

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