Ludmila Uspenskaya was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and has been working in textiles since graduating from The Mukhina Art School in St. Petersburg in 1967. She enjoyed wide recognition in Russia for her original fabric collages, theatre curtains, large-scale hand-painted textiles, and tapestries prior to being introduced to quiltmaking for the first time in 1989. She was not exposed to Western quilt art until just before she moved to the United States in 1994.
Uspenskaya’s award-winning works have been included in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries in the US. Europe, and Japan, and are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City, the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky, and the All-Russia Museum of Decorative Applied & Folk Art in Moscow. She continues her creative work in textiles today, serving as a costumer for the Metropolitan Opera in New York City and making her elegant and innovative hand painted quilts.
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