Russian artist Sasha Zabaluyev was born in 1986 in the city of Rostov-on-Don.
Sasha's unusual and long creative journey started in early childhood - she could spend hours with a brush and paints, without responding to the surrounding world. Such an amazing immersion for a child into the process of drawing and lack of interest in what was happening around led the artist's parents to suspect that their 3-year-old child had autism.
Later, the denial of any boundaries in her work was what the school psychologist of Sasha also paid attention to - she saw how the girl made drawings on her skin with the help of sharp objects. As a result, the young artist was diagnosed with «schizophrenia», and treated at a psychoneurologic dispensary for children.
Sasha recalls: «Mom later told me that she was very scared, and told her not to worry as she just saw the world differently».
In 2011, Sasha graduated with a degree in
the specialty of «Painting» at the Academy of Architecture and Arts of the SFedU. And in 2012 she graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy at the Rostov Institute of Philosophy and Social and Political Sciences. Right after graduation, she moved to Moscow.
For several years she lived and worked in the House of Artists at Bryusov Lane. Like many people of art, Sasha was demanding and critical of her canvases. The works written during that period were destroyed by her.
To earn her livelihood, she developed ideological concepts for public, educational and commercial projects. Until 2015, she worked as a managing editor for the private American Studies' journal «Terra America». Plus, she designed the print version of the same edition.
In 2019, Sasha's psychological state worsened again. After several months of prolonged depression and the search for new suitable methods of treatment, the artist turned to psychoanalysis of the Lacanian School, where she is still in therapy.
In the spring of 2020, the state returned to normal, and Sasha was able to return to her usual life and again devote herself to painting. It has become her way of talking to herself and accumulating energy. About Sasha's attitude to creativity, it can be said that for her «artist» is not only a profession, but rather a way of life in which a sensitivity of reality is combined with a play of imagination.