Luba Sterlikova

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Russian born, Luba Sterlikova currently resides in the US and is known to the artistic community as LUBA. Both Russian and American influences can be detected in her work, as the Eastern vivid colors blend symbiotically with more Western shapes and structure.

Her work is often compared to that of American icon Georgia O’Keefe, but Luba’s passionate approach is undeniably her own. Keshav Malik, Indian art critic, called Luba’s work ’a juicy genre, as rich as Keats, the poet’s fruity poems.’ The artist’s interest goes beyond stylizing natural forms. Rather, Luba explores shape and color to evoke in each composition an expression that is both provocative and poignant. Characterized as intense and exotic, Luba’s floral compositions strike a balance between the bold and the graceful; they are simultaneously intense and delicate.

Luba’s work has been referred to as provocative and sexually charged, although she prefers to call it romantic. Her now famous floral impressionism series, is complimented by still life images of fruit and vegetables such as plums, apricots, eggplant and squash, produced in the same stylized manner as the sybaritic botanical subjects. In a controversial incident, she was asked to remove some of her sensually-themed works from a major corporation for fear of sexual harassment lawsuits. The episode only served to render Luba’s work more collectible and much in demand. She uses oil pastel, a medium not widely explored by the artists, charcoal and oil.

Luba is active on the Washington, DC art scene, and for many years has been involved with International Artist Support Group (IASG) and WPA/Corcoran, Washington,DC,USA. She has been exhibited internationally, including USA, China, France, India, United Kingdom, Spain, Egypt and Russia.

Since 2004, Sterlikova is associate academician of Academia Internazionale "GRECI-MARINO", Italy. The same year she became a member of International Federation of Artists & National Artist's Union of Russia. Ms. Sterlikova is a member of L’Association Pour la Promotion des Artistes et des Createurs, Paris, France and Oil Pastel Society, USA, and Moscow Artist Union, Russia. Luba is a founding member of the Inspired by Russia art project. Luba’s works are in private collections in UK, USA, France, Germany, China, Russia.