High Artist Spotlight - Sonia Tibacov

Fifth generation artist in her family, Sonia has always drawn and painted, and grew up surrounded by paints, ceramics, books and animals. She learned how to draw from her parents, and studied graphic design & illustration in the UK. She has worked as an artist since, doing commissions as well as her own surreal and peculiar paintings. In 2016 she started Drakula Approved, selling jewelry with miniature paintings. With an overactive imagination, she can draw inspiration from pretty much anything, but especially loves insects and strange creatures, things that usually get rejected or ignored by people, as well her own inner feelings regarding femininity, anxiety, joy to be alive, and the little demons on her shoulder.
We recently caught up with Sonia after High Art 2023 to learn more about her most recent inspirations:

Where do you find your creative inspiration?

Potentially anywhere

Why do you do what you do?

I can't not do it without losing my mind

What art/artist do you most identify with?


What themes do you pursue the most?


What role does an artist have in society?

We're just a bunch of bored monkeys without it.

What is your artistic outlook on life?

Enjoy the nice things, paint the ugly things.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Go to therapy.

Do you listen to music while you are creating? If yes, share the song and artist that you listen to while creating art.

Batushka - Yekteniya Jan Terri - Losing you [Additional songs/artists not fully listed]

What's the best thing about being an artist?

Never getting bored

What is your dream project?

A medieval manuscript

Support Sonia by shopping her collection here.