On the evening of September 29th, 2018, our LAAFA alumnus Nikita Budkov had his first solo show with us here at LAAFA! His show was titled “Nikita: The Song Book”, and it exhibited collections of current portraits and landscapes named for songs that fill Nikita’s life. Below are some images of the event and a Q&A with Nikita, detailing his experience of the show.
Q: Overall, how did you feel about your solo show?
A: I felt wonderful about my solo show! We had more than 70 people show up and I think it was a great success. That night was full of smiles, positive spirit, and laughs. We had some serious art discussions happening too. I enjoyed the space LAAFA provided me, it was a one of a kind experience. I could not ask for a better solo exhibition.
Q: What did you learn about having your first solo show and what would you tell others who want to do the same?
A: I learned that the day after the solo exhibition one feels very exhausted, but accomplished too. I would recommend artists to brace themselves and to have answers for all the countless questions awaiting during the show! Other than that, I felt like we did an excellent job on organizing the space, so there were no flaws.
Q: What is next for you now? What are your plans for the future?
A: I am in the process of applying for my so-called artist visa to stay in US longer because I am going to have exhibitions almost every upcoming month and I cannot miss them! Then there is also a major next Gold Medal show somewhere in the Summer. Contests, grants, I will try to do all of them!
“Nikita Budkov: The Song Book” was on display at the LAAFA Gallery space on September 29th, 2018 from 7pm-9pm.