Zinaida was born in 1975 in Kyiv; graduated from National Academy of Arts of Ukraine (Bachelor of Art History, 2017) and Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (Bachelor of Psychology, 2009). Member of National Artists Union of Ukraine (since 2014). She lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine.

She has participated in the 1st International Kyiv Biennale of Contemporary Arts (2012), the International Forum of Contemporary Art – Art Kyiv Contemporary (2010, 2012, 2013), the interdisciplinary international festival GOGOLFEST (2013), the parallel program of the Venice Biennale (2015), and has shown her work extensively in the Ukraine.

Her works can be found in the private collections in Ukraine, Great Britain, Spain and USA and in the public collection: Fondacion Caja de Burgos (Spain), Museum of Cosmonautic named after S.P. Korolyov of Zhitomir (Ukraine).

She currently lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine.

In her art, Zinaida focuses on images and myths surrounding women's issues and the female identity in both Ukrainian and world culture. The artist appeals to sociocultural universals and archetypes traditionally associated with the theme of "women," while working at the intersection of contrasting genres in modern art (such as performance, installation, sculpture and video) and related practices (like set design, music, cinema and theater). Zinaida aptly balances her work at the juncture of historical symbolism and modernity. She uses traditional imagery, rituals and crafts to convey meanings that are relevant to a vibrant and fluid culture. Before embarking on her projects, the artist conducts in-depth cultural and ethnographic research, and meets and communicates with the bearers of archaic forms of knowledge and practices, rooting her work in the depth of human experience over generations.

Another principal theme in Zinaida's work is the problem of time, aging and memory, which are closely intertwined with the motifs of symbolic resurrection and rebirth. A poetic perception of time is reflected in her meditative installations, ascetic video projects, music and sound performances, and sculptural creations.


Artist's Statement
My every work carries with it a part of me. My body, my self. Femininity freed from social oppression. Life and death viewed through the prism of my native culture. Its diverse energies and rituals capable of transforming the concept of being. The connection of generations lost, restored and rethought anew. Traditions that do not obscure modernity, that exist not in spite of but rather concurrently and in line with her.

I work with the theme of women and female identity – the ability of women to pursue life in the real and unreal, the terrestrial and unearthly dimensions, which are in my mind inseparable. I identify in my art the core elements of being evident in all cultures at different times (birth, initiation, death). And they are all present in the feminine. Female energy is the foundation of everything that gives rise to stillness and the storm, to life and death, to peace and war.

Who has illuminated this path for me? Georgia O'Keeffe – dedication to the task, erotica and beauty, death and life in beauty. Shirin Neshat – the drama of woman, strength and fragility, sharpness of the political and the spiritual. Agnes Martin – mathematical precision and hard work. Louise Bourgeois – attraction and horror. Marina Abramovic – sexuality, energy and audacity. Annette Messager – astonishing femininity, aesthetic of emotions and sensuality of the intellectual.

I am not indifferent to how society develops. But for me, as an artist, the primary source is most vitally me. The artist cannot reflect on all of the world's problems around him. But if he is immersed in what he is doing, he believes in it, his work becomes universal.

In my art, I see and contemplate the basic foundations of human culture, emotions and intellect, the boundaries of being and non-being.

I transform them through the archaic and the primal origin, and, at the same time, the traditions of modern art and the possibilities of space and time.


Selected Solo Exhibitions and Performances
2017
Dakini. Shevchenko National Museum, Kyiv, Ukraine


2016
Flow. Lavra Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine

Not only. Lavra Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine


2015
MUTE. Pinchuk Art Centre, Kyiv, Ukraine


2014
Black Beads. Scherbenko Art Centre, Kyiv, Ukraine


2013
Zinaida Lihacheva's Beads (2010-2013). National Museum of Decorative Folk Art, Kyiv, Ukraine

Autumn Is So Lovely (performance). Lviv Fashion Week, Les Kurbas Theatre, Lviv, Ukraine


2011
SHE (performance), Concept store Atelier1, Kyiv, Ukraine

Heart of Birch (performance). Mercedes-Benz Kyiv Fashion Days. Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, Kyiv, Ukraine

Live in Kyiv (performance). Show-room THE ONE, Kyiv Ukraine

Live in Kyiv (performance). Socio-cultural project I Love Kyiv, Lavra Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine


2010
Z. Mystetskyi Arsenal National Art and Culture Museum Complex, Kyiv, Ukraine
Group Exhibitions
2017
Grushivka. Mystetskyi Arsenal National Art and Culture Museum Complex, Kyiv, Ukraine

White Tears. M17 Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine


2016
Clouded Lands. Mystetskyi Arsenal National Art and Culture Museum Complex, Kyiv, Ukraine


2015
Black Beads. Personal Structures Project, Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art, Palazzo Bembo, Venice, Italy


2014
IN KIEV. Mercedes-Benz Kiev Fashion Days S/S 2014, Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, Kyiv, Ukraine

VYTKANI. Ukrainian Fashion Week 2014, Mystetskyi Arsenal National Art and Culture Museum Complex, Kyiv, Ukraine

Transpersonality. Dialogue, project curated by Maryna Scherbenko within the framework of IV Arsenal Book Festival, Mystetskyi Arsenal National Art and Culture Museum Complex, Kyiv, Ukraine

Autumn Is So Lovely. Literature and Art Festival «KobzarT», Lavra Gallery, Kyiv Ukraine

Autumn Is So Lovely. All Ukrainian Art Exhibition in honor of the 200 anniversary of Taras Shevchenko, Central House of Artists, National Union of Artist of Ukraine, Kyiv,Ukraine


2013
In&Out. Art Kyiv Contemporary 2013, International Forum of Contemporary Art, Mystetskyi Arsenal National Art and Culture Museum Complex, Kyiv, Ukaine

Autumn Is So Lovely. Days of Ukraine in Great Britain, London Science Museum, London, Great Britain

In&Out. Multidisciplinary International Festival GogolFest, Platform ArtKlaster, Kyiv, Ukraine

Transformation. International Contemporary Art Fair New York Pulse, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, USA

Because She Is a Woman (sculptural composition). «Kiev Horizons», Kiev Days in Vienna. Museum of Young Art (MOYA), Vienna, Austria


2012
PHOENETHEUS (in collaboration with Jean-Pierre Braganza). Mercedes-Benz Kyiv Fashion Days, Mercedes Benz Fashion Palace, Kyiv, Ukraine

PHOENETHEUS (in collaboration with Jean-Pierre Braganza). London Fashion Week, London, Great Britain

Nashi baby. 7+2. ARSENALE 2012, 1st Kyiv International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Mystetskyi Arsenal National Art and Culture Museum Complex, Kyiv, Ukraine

Transformation. Parallel program of the ARSENALE 2012, 1st Kyiv International Biennale of Contemporary Art, М17 Contemporary Art Center, Kyiv, Ukraine

SHE. EuroFashion, Mystetskyi Arsenal National Art and Culture Museum Complex, Kyiv, Ukraine


2011
Free.?!. «Independent», Mystetskyi Arsenal National Art and Culture Museum Complex, Kyiv, Ukraine

Live in Kiev. City Culture Festival I love Kiev, Lavra Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine

Tree of Life. «Picturesque Ukraine», Central House of the Artist, Kyiv, Ukraine

Cosmic Egg. «Cosmic Odyssey», International Week of Contemporary Art, Mystetskyi Arsenal National Art and Culture Museum Complex, Kyiv, Ukraine

Sacred Hi-tech. Socio-cultural project Kiev Fashion Park, Great Sculpture Salon, Kyiv, Ukraine