I am deeply honored to be able to participate in ArtPrize 2014! Thank you very much of the Grand Rapids Police Department for this opportunity to me!

ArtPrize is a radically open, independently organized international art competition, open to any artist and decided by public vote and expert jury. ArtPrize 2014 takes place September 24 – October 12.

The painting “inside = outside” will be display inside the large front glass window on the main entry glass doors of the Grand Rapids Police Department,  01 Monroe Center NW Grand Rapids, MI 49503



ArtPrize 2014

ArtPrize is a radically open, independently organized international art competition and 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. ArtPrize engages both the art world and the public at large with a competition that accepts any individual over 18 as a competing artist and any space in the designated district as an ArtPrize venue. Registered artists and venues connect online at and agree to present the artwork for public display. For 19 days in September and October, downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan is transformed into an international arts district. The public votes using free mobile apps, text messages and the web to distribute a $200,000 grand prize and $60,000 in category awards, while an additional $200,000 grand prize and $100,000 in category awards are decided by expert jury. ArtPrize 2014 takes place September 24 – October 12.


The painting “inside = outside” is talking about two sides which everyone has inside. The fact is that in one’s life a human has a hard time to choose just one side and follow the chosen path. Each of us has a huge amount of emotions and we all are full of many different strange events in our lives. Very often it is very hard to be yourself, to be a good person and do not turn into a beast. It is important to find a balance within yourself. Peace! Love! Art!


A force of the fire has both sides creation and destruction. People have the energy of a fire too. This energy warms us in the difficult moments of our lives and gives pleasure in beautiful special days. But if we do not control this power in their own emotionswe only destroy ourselves and the world around us. It’s very important to find the balance into yourself, for to live with the nature harmony to find true happiness.




“I think she thought about her inner feelings because now in Ukraine, it’s not easy to keep peace in your mind and your soul,” Natalie Petrovska, the mother of the artist who created the work, said.
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“I wanted just to remind people that the most important thing they can do is to maintain a balance within yourself,” she told 24 Hour News 8 Thursday via Skype from Odessa, Ukraine.
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