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Levgeniia Batrushtai, better known by her artist nickname Nia Shtai, was born in 1990 in Kharkiv, Ukraine. As a child, she studied in boarding school for eight years, from 1997 to 2005. During this time, the country experienced numerous power outages, and in order to keep the students entertained, Nia's teacher would have her stand on a chair in front of the class and tell stories. It was through art that Nia was able to find solace during this difficult time.

Now, as an adult, Nia is facing a new crisis: the ongoing war in Ukraine. But once again, art has proven to be a source of comfort and inspiration for her. Through her paintings, she is able to express her love for the world and appreciate its beauty, even in the face of tragedy. Nia views her artworks as her children, a way to connect with others and share her experiences with the world.