Ekaterina Vanovskaya was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and grew up on the other side of the ocean. Ekaterina received a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
"Painter Ekaterina Vanovskaya is inspired by sharp, clear memories of places and spaces of her childhood in Russia. At first glance, landscapes and interior scenes populated with figures appear to be about a longing for a place, but extended looking begins to reveal more. Vanovskaya's figures are often depicted in the midst of ordinary movement or gesture set within visually lush environments that recapture a different sense of time altogether - one that evokes a time of childhood and the rhythms of our dreams."
—Jennifer Riley, Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts MFA Catalog 2015