I was born on February 22, 1984 in Kherson, Ukraine in a family of ship cooks. My childhood and youth were spent on the ruins of the communist era with all the ensuing consequences. Completely ignorant of myself and what I really want, I followed the footsteps of my parents to the maritime officer career at sea. I gained financial independence, but no satisfaction. Looking for senses, I started to practice digital photography solely as a hobby. That all changed in 2009, when I first saw realistic digital collages. Since then, I have been actively working and developing in this genre, creating artworks with spiritual and philosophical meaning. Experimenting with techniques and images, I discovered my own style to convey both rational and sensual sides of my world. I also started using my artistic practice as a tool for exploring and transforming myself.
   In February 2022 I woke up in the middle of the war. My native city was occupied by the Russian army and my own experience has proved that our happiness and well-being do not depend on external circumstances. Paradise (“Ray”) is not a place, but a state of consciousness.

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