Nikolai Solonski was born in the USSR, and came to the United States in 1991 where he now lives, and works in New York City. He is a self taught artist with more than 30 years active experimenting in art. In 1993, he started to work as a photographer’s assistant, work in Photoshop, and retouch photographs for major US and international corporations. While he worked in photography, he also experimented with different art projects. In 2020 he transitioned to freelance artist, and illustrator. He works in a variety of media like drawing, doodling, cartoons, and abstract art.
Inna Pashina was born in Russia and learned how to make art there. He moved to the United States for political and economic reasons. Everything he does, and all the experiences he has bring him back to his art. That’s where his heart is.
Knitting has given Sooo-z Mastropietro a way to harness her anxiety during this highly unusual time. What began as small sign post cozies became colorful messages of inspiration and hope. According to Sooo-z, “it gives me a sense of power to sneak out at night and hide my work in plain sight.”
She calls her knitting Project aKNITdote because it is an ongoing mission to redirect her energy away from the unfathomable while trying to keep her family’s and community’s gaze on something positive and happy. Like the coronavirus, she strikes at random and infiltrates various targets with the intent of putting smiles on faces when people can get out to see their world. Her targets include popular jog routes, secret pathways, test sites and hospitals. There are no boundaries and even with restrictions, she finds ways to go out at night and stretch her perimeter. She won’t stop until we resume some form of normalcy.