Katya Petetskaya - Biography

Katya Petetskaya is a visual artist working across painting and performance art. Born in the Soviet Union, she grew up through the change of regimes in 90’s Russia which continues to have an impact on her practice today. Through her gestural abstract language, expressive mark making and love of high key colour, Petetskaya’s works represent deeply emotive responses to her own personal history as well as society’s broader trends and trajectories. In many ways, as a result of these influences and concerns, Petetskaya’s work embodies a way in which she is able to interpret, process and better understand the accelerated changes of a world that is constantly in the process of reaching yet another tipping point.

Petetskaya has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions as a visual artist and performance based artist at festivals and events in Sydney, Leipzig, Venice, Athens, Saas Fe and The Hague, as well as having participated in numerous International residencies in Guna Yala (Panama), Saas Fee (Switzerland), Chikatsuyu (Japan), Izhevsk (Russia) and Leipzig (Germany). Now permanently residing in Australia Petetskaya was a finalist in the Paddington Art Prize (2018) and the Contemporary Art Award Australia (2015). Petetskaya’s works are held in private and public collections in Australia and overseas, including the Macquarie Group Collection and Leipzig International Art Programme. Petetskaya holds a Master of Art (Painting – Award with Excellence) from the University of New South Wales Art and Design.