Kseniya Simonova

Sand Story Artist

“They call music a universal language. She speaks the universal language of sand animation.” – GB Times

Born in a small town on the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine, Kseniya Simonova has skyrocketed to international stardom following her 2009 win of Ukraine’s Got Talent. Her combination of story telling, sand art, and music has been showcased in over 200 performances over the past 4 years, including locales such as Ukraine, Russia, Norway, Japan, Poland, Austria, China, The United Kingdom, India, Italy, Germany, Kazakhstan, Malta, and others. She performs regularly for presidents, heads of state, and royalty.

Since she was a child, Kseniya painted, drew and designed alongside her mother and family. Kseniya would later become a fashion model, though she graduated from higher studies with a degree in medico-psychology. Her devotion to live sand art began when her now-husband, Igor, discovered her as a model. He was the owner of one of Crimea’s art galleries, and was hiring models for an upcoming art project involving sand art. Out of all of the models selected, Kseniya clearly possessed a natural talent for it. She fell in love with the art form, and from then on began to hone her skills. Her husband, Igor, suggested that she should enter the competition Ukraine’s Got Talent. It was this competition that catapulted Kseniya into the international spotlight.

In 2009, Simonova presented her first exhibition in sand art. In 2010, she founded an International Cultural Center “Sand Club”, in the Crimean city of Yevpatoria. In 2011, she returned to television competition in another form, performing on stage at the Eurovision Song Contest 2011, during the performance of Ukrainian entry by Mika Newton.