…She follows in the style of the Old Masters, such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, producing portraits that often appear to be a step back in time.
- Lisa Queen, North York Mirror, Toronto
…She possesses a unique talent of creating life on the canvas. - Robin Brown, CBC Radio One, Toronto
…In a sense, she’s a psychologist, unveiling a person’s personality through her work. She enjoys finding what makes them tick, believing she can tell a lot about a person by looking into their eyes .
- Lorianna De Giorgio, Toronto Star, Toronto
Veronica Kvassetskaia-Tsyglan is a leading figure in the contemporary revival of the classical tradition of fine art portraiture in Canada.
As founder and president of the Portrait Society of Canada www.portraitsociety.ca
Kvassetskaia-Tsyglan has helped promote the value of portraiture throughout the country for the last 18 years.
The Russian-born artist has won a number of awards for her skill and expertise in the field, including First place and People’s Choice Award winner from the International Portrait Competition in Toronto in 2002. Kvassetskaia-Tsyglan is a current member of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto.
Kvassetskaia-Tsyglan is a professional portrait artist. She follows in the footsteps of Old Masters, such as Albreht Durer, Leonardo da Vinci and Rafael who believed in creating an accurate drawing of a subject as a means to capturing the beauty and character of that person. The important feature of her portraits is the vitality of the model, Kvassetskaia-Tsyglan says. Kvassetskaia-Tsyglan relishes in creating works of superior museum quality with archival permanence.
As a child, she knew that she would one day be an artist, and studied art and art history at Moscow’s Surikov Academy of Fine Arts and Moscow State University.
Kvassetskaia-Tsyglan perfected her skills in Frankfurt, Germany working in the restoration field, copying the old masters works in European Museums and then in Larnaca, Cyprus where she studied Greek Orthodox iconography at the Agia Mina Monastery.
Toronto has been her home for the last 18 years.
Her work has been exhibited in Europe and North America and is included in several museums and prestigious private and corporate collections throughout the world. Her art works are in the private collections of Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and 28 Lieutenant Governor of Ontario the Honourable David C. Onley.
Kvassetskaia-Tsyglan has painted commissioned portraits of such esteemed people as famed baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky ,Hockey legend Vladislav Tretiak, Canadian Opera and Jazz diva Measha Brueggergosman, Great Canadian composer Laryssa Kuzmenko, arts patron Sonja Bata, The Countess Von Wedel of Hanover of Germany, Famous Canadian Opera director Tom Diamond, electric violinist Dr. Draw, American Writer Lee Carroll (www.krayon.co.) Olympic Champion Simon Whitfield ,Financial Athority Murray Pollitt, Prima Ballerina Tatiana Stepanova, Steam Whistle Brewing founders,Talk if Free Theatre Artistic Director Arcady Spivak ,CEO Canon Canada Make Maedi and many others . Her art works are in the private collections of Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Lieutenant Governor of Ontario the Honourable David C. Onley.Her current projects include the portrait of famous pianist Brahm Goldhamer, Internationally acclaimed soprano Galina Lukomsky and Artistic Director of Solar Stage Theatre Tim Kachurov.
Her most recent Canadian exhibition includes the 2012 “Art of Canadian Portrait”‘ at John B. Aird Gallery ,Celebrity Art Salon solo show at the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto , as well as shows at St. Mark's Coptic Museum in Toronto , at Imagine Art Gallery in Thornhill .Gallery 7 at Yorkville Toronto , Bohemiarte Gallery Montreal, Grimsby Public Art Gallery, and others
She is the curator of PSC Members Exhibitions 2007 Capturing the human spirit at Varley Art Gallery of Markham;2008” A Portrait: The Face we present to the world” at John B. Aird Gallery:
2009” Contemporary Canadian Portrait “ at John B. Aird Gallery: 2010 Canadian Olympic Athletes ; A dialogue in Art” at John B. Aird Gallery: 2011 The Art of Canadian Music at John B. Aird Gallery; 2012 The art of Canadian Portraiture” at John B. Aird Gallery, 2013 “The Circle of Art:Portraits of Famous Canadians” at Arta Gallery Historical Distillery District Toronto.
Veronica is one founder and Juror of the annual National Portrait Competition “The Miracle of the Portrait”.
She has numerous Radio and TV appearance Including Bravo, Rogers channel 10, CP 24, Classical 96,3 , RTVI Ethnic Channels, NTV America, Radio Plus, multiple newspaper articles . Her most resent interview with Gregory Antimony on NTV in a program “ Hour of Interview” was in March 2013
In 2005, Kvassetskaia-Tsyglan was one of the producers of the documentary movie The Miracle of the Portrait by the Portrait Society of Canada. Four years later, Kvassetskaia-Tsyglan had the honour to be featured on the 2009 Bravo! Series, Star Portraits. www.starportraits.ca
She was one of three artists asked to paint a portrait of Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman.Brueggergosman got to choose which of the three portraits she wished to keep. Without the slightest of hesitation, Brueggergosman selected the one by Kvassetskaia-Tsyglan.