Kseniya Simonova is a 24 years old Ukrainian artist. She uses a giant light
box, dramatic music, imagination and "sand painting" skills to interpret the
occupation of Ukraine during WWII. She won Ukraine's Got Talent 2009,
watched by over 13 million people. Source:
Kseniya Simonova (born 1985) is a sand animator from Ukraine.
She started drawing with sand after her business collapsed due to the early
21st century credit crunch and had been drawing for less than a year when
she entered Ukraine's Got Talent. She became the 2009 Winner of Ukraine's
Got Talent, constructing an animation that portrayed life during USSR's
Great Patriotic War against the Third Reich in World War II.
Simonova won 1,000,000 Ukraninan Hryvnia (approx. USD125,000) for her first
place in the show.
Wikipedia: Kseniya Simonova.
Sand artist Kseniya Simonova, winner of Ukraine's Got Talent,
becomes internet hit
Sand artist, Kseniya Simonova, who moved audiences to tears as she won
Ukraine’s Got Talent, has become an online sensation with more than two
She begins by creating a scene showing a couple sitting holding hands on a
bench under a starry sky, but then warplanes appear and the happy scene is
It is replaced by a woman’s face crying, but then a baby arrives and the
woman smiles again. Once again war returns and Miss Simonova throws the sand
into chaos from which a young woman’s face appears.
She quickly becomes an old widow, her face wrinkled and sad, before the
image turns into a monument to an Unknown Soldier. Read more at
Telegraph.co.uk, September 19, 2009.
Ukraine is a country in Central and Eastern Europe. It is the second largest
contiguous country on the European continent, after Russia.
Ukraine's 2010 GDP (PPP purchasing power parity), as calculated by the CIA,
is ranked 38th in the world and estimated at $305.2 billion. Its GDP per
capita in 2010 according to the CIA was $6,700 (in PPP terms), ranked 107rd
in the world. Nominal GDP (in U.S. dollars, calculated at market exchange
rate) was $136 billion, ranked 53st in the world.
Sand animation, also known as sand art, is a term which has two meanings. It
is the name given to a style of live performance art, and also to a type of
animation. In the former, an artist creates a series of images using sand, a
process which is achieved by applying sand to a surface and then rendering
images by drawing lines and figures in the sand with one's hands. A sand
animation performer will often use the aid of an overhead projector or
lightbox (similar to one used by photographers to view translucent films).
In the latter, animators move around sand on a backlighted or frontlighted
piece of glass to create each frame for their animated films. Source:
Wikipedia, Sand animation.