My birth name is Levgeniia Batrushtai, I go by the artist nickname - Nia Shtai. I was born 1990 in Kharkiv, Ukraineץ

I studied in boarding school for 8 years, from 1997 till 2005, back in 1997-1998 - There were many power blockouts. In order to entertain the students, our teacher placed me on a chair in front of the class, and I was telling the stories I read. Art has saved me in a time of crisis. And now, while facing the biggest tragedy of 21st sentury - the war in Ukraine, art is helping me to appretiate the beauty of the world. My artworks are my children, my loveletter to the world, that loves me.