Nadya was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and raised primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area. Beginning in 2011, she was immersed in the mural making process through True Colors Mural Project, a public art program focused on developing site-specific murals that incorporate themes of social and environmental justice, culture, and collective good. She was able to collaborate with various communities throughout Berkeley and Oakland, as well as assist in teaching the mural making process.
Nadya is currently completing her BFA in Illustration at School of Visual Arts. In her personal practice she is exploring painting and collage, and draws inspiration from her bicultural reality, Russian folk art, and the natural world. She seeks to combine aspects of both the ancient and contemporary, challenge power structures and celebrate that which affirms life.