Born in Almaty, Kazakhstan and growing up in Ukraine, young artist Yuliia Korienkova has always been fascinated with art as far as she could remember.
“I started learning art very early on during kindergarten, and it quickly became clear that I have a very strong passion for it, which is why I attended art school and hosted several exhibitions after finishing high school,” she tells us.
“After that, I enrolled in university and graduated with a degree in engineering and philosophy. I have lived in Ukraine, Switzerland, Germany and now am a proud resident of the UAE.”
Yuliia’s artworks are currently the subject of an exhibit running until March at Peruvian restaurant, COYA Abu Dhabi.
Robosapien explores through vibrant imagery human’s growing dependence yet seeming struggle to keep up with modernity.
We chat with Yuliia to know more about the exhibit’s concept and her art’s evolution.
How did you end up here in Abu Dhabi?
My passion for learning brought me here. I was pursuing an International Diploma so enrolled in Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi. During my course however, I realized how much the city of Abu Dhabi looks for and fosters art, so decided to become a full-time artist.
You started with cubism in terms of art style. Can you explain what it is?
Cubism art is a form of style and movement achieved by fracturing different objects into geometric shapes – this is incorporated ever so subtly in my current artworks available at COYA Abu Dhabi. I was immediately drawn to those shapes; to me they seem just right. I especially enjoy mixing them with graffiti. Out of cubist artists, Picasso inspires me the most.
Why did you shift to robotic art and how is it different from cubism?
The subject of robots is so fascinating to me right now. I believe that the development of robots and artificial intelligence is on the horizon and I’d like to capture the rise of it in my artwork. It’s different from cubism and any other art because it’s interactive as a device – you can charge your art, reboot it, customize it, etc.
Did your knowledge of cubism help the way you create robotic art?
Absolutely, my experience with cubism helped me develop robotic art because it let me transform shapes in a more geometrical outlook, futuristic but still solid.
What is robotic art?
Robotic art is a form dedicated to robots and artificial intelligence – functional art, which communicates in a unique manner. It has personality, it isn’t just artwork but characters which talk to us in the language of the future.
What’s the message of your artworks that are on display at COYA Abu Dhabi?
COYA is a Peruvian restaurant and as some may know, Peruvians enjoy the art of Inca civilization – using Incan belief systems and integrating them with their view of the cosmos. When the Inca observe the motions of the Milky Way and the solar system as seen from Cuzco, the images captured mostly contain human figures. My artwork holds many similarities to those images as futuristic icons of the humans of tomorrow. So now when you visit COYA, you explore the differences between the human in past form and the human of the future.
COYA Abu Dhabi, Four Seasons Hotel, The Galleria, Al Maryah Island. 02 306 7000, www.coyarestaurant.com