CV & BIO

Bio

Varvàra Fern is an artist and a sculptor. She was born in 1999 and grew up in Moscow, Russia. She entered Moscow Academic Art Institute named after V. I. Surikov where she studied classic and figurative art. Varvàra earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA). She is currently lives and makes art in Philadelphia PA where she is also continuing her education at PAFA with a Master Program.

Artist’s statement

My work reflects my fascination with movement and my lifelong love-affair with the beauty of road landscapes.

I’ve been traveling the entire world since I was thirteen. These voyages became one of the main sources of my inspiration and defined my art. This experience also convinced me that travel is a great way to shift one’s life into a different direction. A person can always find something new in a journey. Maybe even happiness. In my work I show people beginning their travel from trauma and unhappiness to finding themselves and reaching harmony.

My journeys also taught me to see the beauty in road landscapes. They come in many amazing forms: roads, trains, railways, highways, utility poles… All these things have incredibly beautiful shapes. Their form hypnotizes me every time, as if I am watching unique sculptures. My creations transform my perceptions and emotions into actual sculptures reflecting the mesmerizing shapes and the unique atmosphere I have experienced.

I work in oil based clay. I’ve been sculpting with oil based clay since my childhood and this material is like a language that I fluently speak as it allows me to give form to all my ideas. Oil based clay is one of the best materials to make cast molds. So, this medium is perfect to experiment with other materials.

I invite you to travel with my imagination…

Education

  • Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 2020 – Present
  • Moscow Academic Art Institute named after V I Surikov, 2017 – 2020
  • Moscow Academic Art Lyceum at Russian Academy of Fine Arts, 2013 – 2017

Group Exhibitions

2022  Small works 2022, Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs, NY 

2022  Food For Thought, DISTRICT Arts, Frederick, MD 

2022  Something Borrowed, Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA

2022  89th Annual Awards Exhibition, National Sculpture Society, Brookgreen Gardens, SC

2022  Sculpture In Motion, National Sculpture Society, NSS Gallery, New York, NY 

2022  LittleSCULPTURE Show, International Sculpture Center, Kearny, NJ

2022  Emerging Artists Show, Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA

2022  Metamorphosis, FMC Tower, Philadelphia, PA

2022  Portals, Axalta Coating Systems, Philadelphia, PA

2022  Spotlight Showcase, Arch Enemy Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2022  Once Upon a Place, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2022  Young Sculptor’s Exhibition, National Sculpture Society, NSS Gallery, New York, NY

2022  Portraits, LightSpace Gallery

2022  Pet Dreams: Part II, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2021  Bacchanal, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2021  Art from Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2019  Abstraction plus, Marina Tsvetaeva House-Museum, Moscow, Russia

2019  Literary Associations, Moscow Exhibition Hall, Moscow, Russia

2018  Narrations and Fairy Tales and Winter Solstice, Chertanovo Gallery, Moscow, Russia

Honors & Awards

2022  The NSS Bronze Medal and John Cavanaugh Memorial Prize, National Sculpture Society, NY

2022  Elected Sculptor Member of the National Sculpture Society, National Sculpture Society, NY

2022  Perez and Mary Epstein prize, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2022  Don Sabath Award, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2022  Stewardson Figure Modeling competition, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2022  Laura Ziegler Scholarship, National Sculpture Society, New York, NY

2022  Venture Fund Award, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2022   One year Associate Membership at National Sculpture Society

2022   Fantasy Fountain Fund Prize, National Sculpture Society, New York, NY  

2020   Dean’s Scholarship, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA  

2020   President’s Scholarship, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA  

2017   Winner of the VIII Stroganov Olympiad in nomination of “Sculpture”   

2016   Encouragement Award, “Russia-Greece” Competition for the sculpture composition “Vakhi”  

Solo Exhibitions

2019   Soul of Nature, Earth Motion, Moscow House of Culture Gaydarovets, Moscow, Russia

Exhibitions Curated

2022  Once Upon a Place, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Selected Press/Reviews

2022  Sculptureview, Vol. LXXl № 2, Summer 2022