Ustina Yakovleva b. 1987

Folk art is a monolith, it is impossible to reform it, but you can, using ancient technologies, create your own forms  images of contemporary art

Ustina Yakovleva is one of the most sought after contemporary Russian artists. Ustina is engaged in the study of the culture of the folks of the North, which is reflected in her work. With the help of embroidery and graphic works, the artist tries to reactualize folk art practices and remind about the value of time, combining the problems of contemporary art with the ancient techniques of decorative-applied art. The main aspects of the artist's work are femininity, painstaking manual labor and meditative contemplation.


Among the artist's residences are the Gridchinkholl in the Moscow Region, the Zarya residence in Vladivostok, the Vyksa residence in Nizhny Novgorod and the Flacon 1170 residence in Sochi. In 2014, Ustina won the STRABAG Young Artists nomination in Vienna, and in 2020 she won the AES + F Artist Residency Award in New York. Ustina Yakovleva's works are in private collections in Russia, Great Britain, France, Germany, Austria and Holland.