Rendered Biography: The Playing Cards of Artist Yulia Kuznetsova

Jack of Hearts, detail | Watercolor, Ink, Colored Pencils on Paper | 9” x 12” | © Yulia Kuznetsova 2019

In the series Playing Cards, I deeply explore personal subjects that are rooted in my biography, the biography of my parents, ancestors, and reflections on the history of my nation. The Playing Cards series consists of fifty-two playing card designs, two jokers, the back, and one information card. 

Thematically the cards are divided by the main subjects into the four suits: Spades, Clubs, Hearts, and Diamonds.


In my interpretation Spades represent the darkest realm revealing hardships of life and daily struggles of individuals in society. Originating predominantly from the sorrowful and tragic history of Russia, Spades provide an insight into the ugly underpinnings of my land of birth. Clubs stand for exploring religion. Hearts represent love. Diamonds reveal the light of hope, nature, and self-awareness. 

Each card unfolds and expands on the larger subject of the suit it belongs to.

Cards are collage with gouache, watercolor, ink, and colored pencil on board and paper. Each card is 9″ x 12″.


Box Cover Design

Original Artwork for Playing Cards Box Design: Sweet Cinderella. | Graphite Pencil on Paper | 14” x 16” | © Yulia Kuznetsova 2018

Ace


Two


Three


Four


Five


Six


Seven


Eight


Nine


Ten


Jack


Queen


King


Joker


The Dreamer. (Back of the Playing Cards) | Watercolor, Gouache, Colored Pencils on Paper | 9” x 12” | © Yulia Kuznetsova 2019

Yulia Kuznetsova is a Russian-born, Chicago-based artist. She is a recipient of the merit scholarship and the Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts in Studio from the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Kuznetsova has had numerous art exhibitions in Chicago, IL., Seattle, WA., and Austin, TX. Her art has been featured in various media, such as the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Ambassador, and others. Yulia has also been present on various radio shows, namely, WGN Radio, iHeart Radio, and Broken English Podcast Radio. Kuznetsova is a member of HOAB (Homeless Online Art Bazaar), the charitable fundraising organization in support of homeless people in Chicago. Yulia is also a former volunteer at Intuit: The Museum of Intuitive Arts and a present volunteer at the Women Made Gallery in Chicago.
Check out her website and her Instagram account.