Tatyana Galtseva

Tatyana Galtseva

Tatyana was born in Kemerovo, Siberia, on 31 August 1967. After four years of study she graduated in 1986 at the local Polytechnic School in the field of telecommunications. From 2000 she has been living and working in Antwerpen, Belgium.  From 2005 until now she has worked at the Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library (city of Antwerp). 

In 2009 she finished an eight-year program at the Academy of Fine Arts in Berchem, specializing in ceramics. During the last four years of these studies she tried to develop an own style and occupied herself mainly with low-reliefs, in particular drawing inspiration from the works of painters like Jean Arp, Kazimir Malevich (suprematism), Paul Klee, Franz Marc and Pieter Bruegel the Elder.  After a period in which she focused primarily on form aspects she became more and more absorbed by the use of colours.  In 2008 she created a series of works in pop art style, which were exhibited in “Galerie Hoogstraten”. The use of acrylics with clay offered her the opportunity to render the most expressive colours. Instead of the earthy pastel colours she started during this period to make more and more use of fauvist, complementary colours. When Tatyana finished her studies at the Academy in 2009, her final works were exhibited at “Galerij SD Worx” in Antwerp. In that same year she made a thorough study of the art theory of the father of abstract painting, Wassily Kandinsky. Under the inspiration of his works she started looking for her own style, her own forms, her own colour palette. 

In September 2009 Tatyana once again enrolled as a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Berchem, this time specializing in painting. Two years she worked there with tempera. In addition to this she studied iconography on her own behalf. Especially Giotto’s work made a deep impression on her and she has made numerous sketches inspired by his paintings. Gradually she switched in her own works to the use of oil paint.  But only in her third year at the Academy she started to work with big formats. 

In 2013 she finished her painting course at the Academy and in 2016 she was awarded the specialization certificate in the art of painting. After that she moved on to work as an independent artist in her own studio.

Tatyana Galtseva



  Use of associative impulses such as:  

-  novelty of impression (spontaneous assimilation of primary impressions)

-  power of the impression 

-  contrast effect between elements on the foreground and the main background  



-  create an associative sequence, but at the same time leave open the possibility for the spectator to create his/her own meaningful associations;  

- achieve a connection (triad) between visual perception, consciousness and thinking – (by analogy with psycholinguistics, which takes its departure from a link between language, mind and consciousness);  

-  produce organic forms and interconnect them in a harmonic way (notably the use of geometrical and lyrical forms, the combination of these forms);  

-  highlight key elements in a painting by the use of a background which strongly contrasts with the figures on the foreground;  

-  let form and colour influence each other;  

-  make use of iconographic symbols from the Western European painting tradition (15th-17th centuries) and Russian icon painting.