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Alla Broeksmit



Alla Broeksmit

A. Broeksmit graduated from the New York Studio School’s Master of Fine Arts Program (MFA) with a concentration in painting, studying in the atelier of artist and Dean of the school Graham Nickson. She also studied classical painting techniques and received a diploma of portraiture at Heatherley’s School of Fine Art in London. A. Broeksmit sought training in other parts of the world, including Italy, France, India, and Belgium.


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About Alla

Alla Broeksmit, born in Ukraine, lives and works between London and New York.

If we imagine a distant country, we see the refection of the shimmering golden domes and the vast expansive forests crowded with poplar trees. Suddenly we hear the metallic chains, thuribles are burning incense, the bells are roaring. I am on the edge of the world. I am seeing it all, the eternal and the finite, the trees, the flowers, the light, the dark, the stars, the circles of smoke, the hands and feet entangled, the people kissing, leaving and arriving. I am seeing it all, the queens, the kings, the birds, the rivers, the clouds, the bridges and the sky, the medieval buildings, the Cathedrals, the houses, the men are sitting in them. The women and the children are running; the silhouettes are touching me.

Memories are central to how I create images. In this new series of paintings I am referring to incidents from my past as a mean to dissect my own identity as an immigrant. I was among the ones who have lost everything, the disinherited, the poor, the abandoned. Forty years ago, I escaped the repression and totalitarianism of the Soviet Union. I left my people behind, members of my family, my friends.

Before I paint, I keep my eyes closed and they appear again, as clear as it was when I was lost in Vienna, my child in my arms. These images are behind each stroke of paint. I utilize this particular psychological content and emotion, embedded in my origins, to feed me and to develop – visually – my new iconography within the layers of paint in my paintings.

Master of Fine Arts

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in painting at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture (Class of 2017).

Heatherley’s Diploma

Alla was awarded the Heatherley’s Diploma and Post Diploma in Portraiture (2012 and 2013 respectively).

Portrait Painters

A. Broeksmit is one of the founding members of The Lots Road Group, an association of portrait painters which curate exhibitions.

Interior Design

Her background in interior design, coupled with her association with art institutions, have allowed her to develop her artistic eye.