I was born in Republic of Karachay-Cherkessia, Russia. I am a Karachay. Karachays are people with strong traditions and customs. They are descendants of the Turkic-speaking Alans on the North Caucasus.
My father, Husey Dzhaubaev, was a famous poet and journalist who is remembered to this day as the highest standard bearer of the Karachay culture in the world. My mother is a merchandise specialist. My father stimulated me with creative activities at an early age. From middle to high school I was a member of the editorial board and decorated our school with my art. I was published in some local newspapers and books in an early age. I have a degree in History and Social Sciences. After graduation I worked as a TV-director for a State TV Company. During the 10 years on TV I made my career rising form assistant director to Chief-director. In 2005 I decided to become a professional artist and left TV.
I love to paint the beauty of nature and prefer a rich, colorful palette. I moved to United States about two years ago. Now I live in the Olympia area of Washington State.
Times of Youth: What style of artistry do you rather prefer?
I prefer watercolour because it is the most challenging form of painting.
Times of Youth: What does art mean to you personally?
Art is a way to present myself to the world. My art shows how I see the world. It is an important part of my life.
Times of Youth: Do you make a living off your art?
Yes, I am a full lime artist now.
Times of Youth: Which was your first most praised piece of art that you still cherish?
I think it is my “Curious Baby Elephant” watercolour.
Times of Youth: What has been your biggest moment of pride?
I can’t think of a certain moment. I think the understanding of it comes later in your life. I always feel proud when people like what I do, not only in art.
Times of Youth: Has your family been supportive of your choice of career path?
I stated drawing when I was about three years old. I painted all my life. My father took me to an art school when I was about 7, but they didn’t accept me because I was too young. That didn’t stop me from creating art, but I clearly remember that I was hurt. At that moment, I decided that I would never go to an art school, I would learn everything by myself. I am a self-taught artist, and I am very proud of it. My family always supported my creativity and my decisions.
Times of Youth: Do tell us one incident which totally changed your life/perspective.
All my life I studied hard and worked hard. I am a perfectionist by nature. After I left TV I understood that now it is the time for me to show the world who is the real me. I felt free. I liked working on TV, but I am a person who doesn’t like to be controlled or limited in my creativity. That is impossible, in my opinion, if you work for somebody. I like to be independent and free.
Times of Youth: How would you describe your art style in one sentence?
My style is Romantic Impressionism.
Times of Youth: What makes your day? What spoils it?
I never know how to answer this question. Simple things: people, weather, pets. I love hot summer and snowy winter days. Autumn is depressing. I am a person of emotion. It is frustrating when people don’t understand me. I don’t like it when somebody or something breaks my plans. I can’t paint while unhappy or disturbed. My art is my reflection. If you want your reflection to be nice – feel nice and be nice.
Times of Youth: What is your current price range?
$50 – $5,000
Times of Youth: What work of art do you wish you owned?
The Kiss by Gustav Klimt.
Times of Youth: Have you ever stepped out of your comfort zone and discovered a whole new genre of art? How did it turn out?
I tried pop-art, collage, realism. I like all the styles and I can work in all the styles. But impressionism is my favourite and main style because it gives me more freedom of expression.
Times of Youth: What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio or while working?
All I need is white paper, brush, water and a pigment. I have even painted with coffee, tea, wine… I also need some solitude when I paint.
Times of Youth: Do you have a favorite artist? If yes, what draws you to that person’s work?
Gustav Klimt. I like his feeling of colour, gold and shape.
Times of Youth: How do you know when a work is finished?
I can’t explain it. I can feel the moment. I don’t like when a painting is overworked. It is important for a watercolour to be fresh and transparent while having some layers of paint. Every artist has different vision of when to stop. I like watercolours with a feeling of being unfinished. But it is really difficult to stop at the right moment. I am still working on it.
Times of Youth: If you were given one wish, what would it be?
I think I would only know at the time when I am granted the wish. The answer to that question changes on a regular basis because life changes.
Times of Youth: Considering your potential, we believe that you have the power to bring a rational change in the world using your skills. If given a chance, what would you like to do to make this world a better place?
I am always angry when I see TV news showing suffering children and at the same time there are some rich people leaving millions of dollars to their pets or investing in strange projects that nobody needs. It is frustrating. I would help children that need money for food, medicine, education or shelter. I believe that only society can change the world. One person can only change a specific situation. When global society gets its priorities right, then the world will change.
Times of Youth: Do tell us how your admirers/fans can reach you to share their appreciation or feedback.
I have my website: www.zairaartgallery.com and Facebook Art Page: https://www.facebook.com/ZairaArtGallery .
Times of Youth: Any advice you’d give to aspiring youngsters who want to enter in arts now or in the future?
Always follow your heart.