TAÏRA, born in Kiev, Russia, was raised in Montreal and received her education in fine arts at L’Academie Julian in Paris, L’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Montreal, and Chouinard Academy of Art in Los Angeles. In her early years, Taïra was inspired by the works of French Impressionists such as Cezanne and also by abstract expressionists. Prominent Spanish artist, Antonio Clave, encouraged Taïra to explore lithography while she was in Paris at his printer Atelier Desjobert. Subsequently, she completed a number of highly successful editions. Working with Karel Appel and Paul Wunderlich, her own visions began to evolve and take on the direct and spontaneous qualities which are evident in her sculptures.
Since the mid 1980’s, Taïra has been fabricating metal sculptures out of scrap iron, sidewalk gratings, steel beams, railroad spikes, etc. Unexpected painted color adds electricity to her work and illustrates her creative diversity. She sculpts on a human scale, creating approachable pieces.
Taïra’s work has been shown in Canada, France, United States, and Japan. Her work has appeared in over 60 exhibitions in Canada and the United States. She has been awarded the CPE Sterling Trust Award and Art of the Northeast, The Stamford Museum Sculpture award among others.