Natalia (Nataly) Basarab is very known artist from Ternopil. She works in different genres, but making dolls is a favourite Natalia’s fun. Since 1999 she made a 20 dolls, which are copies of celebrities. Natalia has in her collection a dolls copies of Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Gerard Depardieu, Louis de Funes and other movie and pop stars.
The artist uses for creation dolls preferably papier-mache and fabric, and she spend a different time amount of time for making each doll. If work is more hard, artist needs to spend a half of year, if is more easy, even one month is enough. For example, Natalia was working very long for making copies of Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable. But what an amazing result! (You can see on the pictures above).
Natalia already had two exhibitions of her dolls collection in museums and Art Gallery of Ternopil and many exhibitions of her pictures as well. Also in 2000 and 2004 Natalia had an exhibitions of her feather pictures in Amber (France).
I know Natalia Basarab from 1999, several times I was writing an articles about her to the local Ukrainian newspapers. And I know Natalia is not just a great artist, but a very sincere and kind woman. She is married, her husband Sergiy is an artist too. Now he helps to Natalia to sell her pictures, but not the dolls. Natalia said, that all the dolls very dear to her so she wouldn’t like to sell any of them.