Sofia Ovchinnikova

Sofia Ovchinnikova is an artist, born in 1993 Russia, into a family of well-known artists. Her mother, Maria Ovchinnikova, and uncle, Nikola Ovchinnikov, are also involved in the arts. As a child, she attended the "Dez№5" children's architectural studio by Mikhail Labazov, where she created objects and installations that were exhibited every year at various venues in Moscow, such as CHA (Central House of Artists), MUAR (Museum of Architecture), ArtPlay (Design Center), NCCA (National Centre for Contemporary Art).

In 2012, Sofia graduated from HSGD (the Higher School of Graphic Design), directed by Sergei Serov, where she continued to develop her creative potential and exhibited at “the Golden Bee” International Poster Festival. Sofia also studied graphics with illustrator Elena Trofimova.
In 2013-14, Sofia completed an internship at the startup "CallApp" in Israel.

In 2017, Sofia graduated from ICA Moscow (Institute of Contemporary Art), where she studied "Artistic Strategies". After completing the institute, Sofia and her friends and colleagues created the artistic self-organization "APXIV", where they organized over 50 events in 4 years. Sofia also exhibited independently at the French Center, at RSUH (Russian State University for the Humanities), and in South Korea on the parallel program of the 5th Biennale of International Women's Art. She participated in the round table "Theories and Practices of Self-Organization" at the VINZAVOD (Center for Contemporary Art). Together with her colleagues, she presented the film "APXIV: The Self-Organizational Nature of Contemporary Art" at Cosmoscow (International Contemporary Art Fair).

Currently, Sofia lives in Mainz, Germany, where she continues to create unique objects and installations that participate in exhibitions around the world. She also works as the head of the design department at an oppositional YouTube channel.