Natasha de Francisco is a figurative painter and graphic artist born in Moscow, Russia. Natasha bases her art on classical techniques coupled with whimsical motifs. Her works in oil, watercolor, ink and pastel are part of private collections in Italy, France, Switzerland, England, China and the United States. She did numerous graphic collaborations for United Nations projects, adult and children's books.
Natasha holds a M.Sc and a PhD degree in International Economic from Moscow State University of International Relations and a post-doc in Epidemiology and Health Economics from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. As part of her international professional career, she has worked for UNICEF, World Health Organization and World Bank. Natasha’s humanitarian work took her to different regions of the world and taught her to appreciate the beauty of details.
My art philosophy is rooted in the traditions of Swiss pastel drawing as well as Russian and Soviet art, in particular the works of the Peredvizhniki and Soviet impressionism and children's book illustration.
My artist's arsenal is very diverse. I like them all: ink, charcoal, pencils, pastels, oil, tempera, watercolors, markers. And I use them everywhere: paper, wood, glass, clay, metal, stones.
I design what I like to see around me.