My name is Nina Fileshi and I was born in the Republic of Moldova. When I was eight years old, the "Transnistria conflict" caused my family to flee to Russia.
Although I came from a humble background, I was privileged to receive a traditional art education: drawing, composition, various painting techniques, sculpture and History of Art. Our art teacher used to say, "If you paint a rainy day, I need to be able to smell the rain. If you draw an apple, I have to taste the apple. When you paint a glass, I need to hear the sound of glass. I see what you draw, but as long as I don't smell, taste or hear anything, you will not pass the exam".
I left home when I was eighteen and went to Germany (Hamburg) for the first time. I didn't have much, but I had many dreams.