Oksana Tanasiv is a local Ukrainian-American artist who is shedding light on her country pre and post revolution through art.
"My heart is with my people in Ukraine at this time," said Oksana Tanasiv. "Sometimes art can influence the person and change her opinion on different situations, what happens in the world."
She's showing two collections of paintings for the first time in Stamford. One is called "Dollar Art."
"It was my fight against the corrupt system in Ukraine and against the dictatorship," said Tanasiv.
The second is titled "Voice of Ukraine" and shows political conflicts with Russia and the Kiev Revolution. In February, Ukrainians gathered in Kiev, protesting former president Viktor Yanukovych. As a result, he was impeached and fled to Russia. Yanukovych is portrayed here in this painting Tanasiv finished in 2011.
"The ground is crooked, that means a very weak economy. The dollar suit means corruption. The blood of the nation is the tie," said Tanasiv.
Lina Morielli is the show's curator.
"There are going to be people who agree with this and then there are going to be people who are going to be offended," said Morielli, "and that's to be expected when you're looking at art."
Cos Cob resident Dwight Brugo says he's enlightened by what he sees.
"To hear what she's been through, she knows it better than anybody else, and her art work is showing what's going on over there," said Brugo.
Tanasiv immigrated to the United States in 2004 and is an internationally recognized modern artist, whose couture art is featured at New York Fashion Week. But with Ukraine's continuing fight for freedom, she's using her talent to raise her voice.
"For the last few months when this conflict between Russia and Ukraine happens, I check news every day, couple of times," said Tanasiv. "Sometimes I don't sleep because I'm worrying about my country and not just my family, but all people in Ukraine."
"And, I really want to support, somehow, my nation," said Tanasiv.
You can see Tanasiv's new collections in the Mayor's Gallery at the Government Center's 10th floor now through September.
To learn more about Tanasiv and her work, visit her website: http://oksanatanasiv.com/