Auctions of Ukrainian artists in San Diego
VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) — Local artist Ira Cosmos surrounds herself with the beauty of her art, but her heart is in war-torn Ukraine.
His niece and nephew sleep in an underground food storage area to stay safe and his brother and father have volunteered to fight in the war. Her brother, a construction worker by trade, learns to use a gun for the first time in his life.
Cosmos came to San Diego in 2016 when unrest was already brewing in eastern Ukraine. She has become a well-known artist in San Diego art circles – her expertise ranges widely from airbrush painting to elaborate canvas. Before coming to the United States, she volunteered to paint camouflage vehicles for the military. She feels she can help her country more here, by selling her art. She paints with a purpose. All the work she does now goes to helping Ukrainian children and soldiers who need the basics.
“I can’t send money, they can’t buy anything there. So I get a list of what the military needs and I buy things like warm boots and underwear because he it’s cold there, it’s winter. I then send them to the volunteers in Poland who go through Ukraine and supply the soldiers,” Cosmos said.
She watches the news every day and calls her family twice a day to make sure they are okay. The scenes she sees on television are surreal.
“When you see blood on my streets, I can’t explain what it feels like,” Cosmos said.
She feels it is her duty to her country and homeland to paint as much as she can to earn money for those in need. A masterpiece she just finished will be auctioned off at the Latin Film Festival this week.
“Wheat represents our country’s harvest, wildflowers and poppies are signs of Ukraine, and birds symbolize peace and an end to war,” Cosmos said.
And although she doesn’t understand the politics of this war, she does. “I think Ukraine will win because God is on our side. Ukrainians don’t give up, it’s in our blood to protect. We are already winning because we don’t give up,” Cosmos said.
His work can be seen here.