Leah Larisa Bunshaft @Dizlarka was born in 1983 in Ukraine and spent her youth in the historical city of Veliky Novgorod in Russia.
Her uncle Vladimir was Larisa's first inspirer and tutor. Larisa expanded hours at his studio watching how he was painting, working with wood, creating objects of applied arts. Larisa admired his work and imagination, his ability to turn ordinary things into works of art.
Larisa has fallen in love with drawing since her childhood, which led to the change of a regular school into the Architectural and Art Lyceum and art school evening classes.
After finishing the lyceum Larisa entered the Architecture, Arts and Construction Department in Yaroslav-the-Wise Novgorod State University. She happily studied painting, drawing, semiotics, coloristic, and sculpture, getting a major in graphic design. At the same time, she was engaged in painting, drawing, batiks as gifts and to order.
During her studies, Larisa began working as a graphic designer and became an Art Director in a year. She was responsible for creating all advertising and graphic materials from idea to implementation and media. At the same time, she took a number of courses in psychology and creativity in advertising, and graduated from an online school in contemporary design.
In 2006, Larisa took up freelancing as a designer because it gave her an opportunity to carry orders from clients all over the world. Besides she got free time which let her improve her skills in painting, drawing, photography. Right then, she got interested in drawing portraits.
Later Larisa and her family decided to move to Israel. In the period of their first years in a new country, Larisa temporarily left painting and freelance work and started to work for an advertising agency. She spent too much time settling in a new place.
Once, on the way home from work, Larisa attended a local artist's workshop and it helped her to remember the feeling of happiness when she was taking brushes in her hands. With great enthusiasm, she set about to paint again.
This new period was completely different from the previous ones. Larisa tried herself in different genres from realism and impressionism to abstraction. She emphasized the sense of space, the play of light and shadow, she looked for bright and impressive color combinations. She was trying to create works that combine painting and graphics, so she put more interest, hidden psychological meaning and understatement so that her paintings were not only attractive and interior friendly but also evoked people's thoughts and associations and could resonate with them.
Now Larisa is honing her style, refracting academic art education, and painting a lot of customizations. These are mainly portraits in pop art, which she mastered through acrylic paints. She is in love with the bright colors of acrylic, which is in tune with her courage and expression. Looking at the portraits of Larisa, you can confidently say what feelings the artist and his model experienced while painting. And at the same time, her free manner gives a flight of imagination and does not let the viewer focus on details.
Inspired by the colors and brush strokes freedom of Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Signac, bold subjects of contemporary artist Chris Guest, and brightness and expressiveness of huge portraits of Anna Matykiewicz and Tahlia Stanton, Larisa intends to paint in impudent deliberately careless strokes and play with textures, light and contrast. She uses elements of symbolism in her paintings to emphasize the special implications of her works.
Larisa continues to work in graphic design at the same time and creates wall decor and clocks for modern interiors. She is practiced in a variety of materials and techniques, which expands her skills and capabilities.
Larisa believes that being an artist is not a choice, it is a path that you reflect on the canvas, presenting a part of your inner world. Then you transmit it to the others, who return the transformed energy back to you. This exchange enriches the artist and his admirers and allows them to feel each other better.