Svitlana Levchenko - art photographer based in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Was born in 1983 in Odessa. In 2006 she graduated from the Academy of Refrigeration, having obtained a specialty as an ecologist. In 2014 she started to take pictures. In 2015 she was selected for a photographic course "Bird in flight" also studied at the school of Victor Marushchenko, in the course "Conceptual Photography" of Roman Pyatkovka and finished the online MoMA course "Seeing Through Photographs".

Participated in group exhibitions in Los Angeles, Rome, Paris, Austria, Ukraine. She took part in photo festivals in Greece, Austria, Ukraine. Published the art book 'God is an artist' and presented it in Vienna in 2017. Produces a series of art postcards "Message". Shooted for The Village, la Boussole, The Ukranians.

In 2017 she created an art showcase for "Всі Свої". Since 2017 teaches photoposing in model schools. Currently works as a Social Media Manager at the Odesa Photo Days festival and is co-owner of the art studio "Ф Р А К Ц И Я" in Kiev.


Group  exhibitions

2018 - ‘God is an artist’, EMoP, Bratislava

2018 - ‘YatFTIL’, EEP Berlin, Germany

2018 – ‘God is an artist’, Book Arsenal, Kyiv

2018 – ‘YatFTIL’, Grazer Rathaus gallery, Graz, Austria

2017 – ‘Body Language’, Kyiv Photo Fair, Kyiv, Ukraine

2017 – ‘People are strange’ ‘Vabi Sabi’, ‘Body Language’, Akt gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine

2017 – ‘Message’ /dummy/, Athens Photo Festival

2017 - ‘God is an artist’, Vienna Photobook Festival

2017 - ‘Posh crowd’, Festival Odesa//Batumi Photodays, Museum of Modern Art, Odesa, Ukraine

2017 - #5 from ‘People are strange’, Millepiani, Rome, Italy

2017 - #87 from ‘People are strange’, Studio Parisien des Arts et de la Mode, Paris, France

2016 - #1 from ‘People are strange’, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, USA

2016 – ‘God is an artist’ /dummy/, Polycopies, Paris, France

2016 - ‘God is an artist’ /dummy/, LhGWR gallery, the Hague, the Netherlands

2016 – ‘Catwalk’, ‘Posh crowd’, ‘Thank you diary’, IPMA,  Kyiv, Ukraine

2016 – ‘Catwalk’, ‘Posh crowd’, Akt gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine

Publications and printed feature

2018 - bird in flight

2018 -  Fashion Daily

2018 – ‘YatFTIL’,Rûm magazine

2018 – ‘Body language’, Fotograf magazine, Czech Republic

2017 – ‘God is an artist’ / photobook/, Redzet LLC, Kyiv, Ukraine

2017 - ‘Message vol.2’ /photobook/, Redzet LLC, Kyiv, Ukraine

2016 – Obscurae magazine, Lenoir City TN

2016 –  Bird in flight

2016 – The Ukranians II, Lviv, Ukraine /photo illustrations/

2015 – The Ukranians, Lviv, Ukraine /photo illustrations/


2017 – Cassis Art Residency, France

Artist statement

Creativity for me is an escape. Escape into the inner world from external imperfections. You can consider my work as a struggle against the ugliness of everyday life. In the country where I live, the aesthetics of everyday life is not the first necessity, that pumps the skill to seek out beautiful, and it generates the need to create to support internal aesthetic balance.

I specialize in portraits of people and the world around them. Photographing portraits is my necessity, this is the air I breath.

When I am working, I feel love, the love they sing about under the rain in the films and the brighter that love, the stronger result I get. A day without creativity I find useless.

December 2016