Nika Neelova was born in Moscow, Russia in 1987. She received a BA from the Royal Art Academy, The Hague and an MFA in sculpture from Slade School of Fine Art, London, where Neelova currently lives and works.
Nika’s practice is predominantly inspired by architecture. She often takes fragments of crumbling Soviet-era buildings and transforms them into the keystone of her minimal installations. Her Soviet background is very important to an understanding of her work and she is inspired by the dystopian realities of Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris and Stalker. Neelova’s work hypnotises in a similar way to Tarkovsky’s long and silent landscapes... As the result of her Soviet-Russian heritage, she is keenly aware of the way that materials and architecture influence our sense of time and place, and that even the most solid structures are subject to ruin. The artist works with materials such as jesmonite, plaster and recuperated objects from homes slated for demolition. Neelova creates alchemy with the synthetic and organic elements of her work.