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Roman Kozak – Model

Roman Kozak is a model, oil painter and an art director based in Milan. He was born in Lviv, Ukraine, a cultural capital, and studied at the academy of arts specialised in restoration and the science of cultural heritage. He has exhibited his own work in Milan and Como as part of Brainy Models Group.
These are the questions I send him.

When did you realize your were creative?

I grew up doing art work, it’s always been part of me from the age of six. But seriously five friends and I exhibited our work when we were twenty. Then in Milan and Como I exhibited my work as part of the Brainy Models Group.

And what was your first job in the creative industry?

I translated from Russian to Ukrainian Looney Tunes cartoons for a video for my uncle at the age of 12. I have two bachelor’s degrees, while studying I worked part time as an editor, art director for magazines and modelling for different brands. The experience has been very rewarding. Since last year I have worked for Versace, Calvin Klein and I now work as a sales associate and visual merchandising assistant for Valentino.

What do you want your work to say?

This is me and my world, my experiences ”come closer and I will share them with you”.

How are you going to continue your creativity?

To work on my art, its takes 2 to 3 hours as I use oil paint and I need lots of day light, I wish to do more performance, I participated in fashion week in September, painting on a backpack in front of an audience. I paint on bags for clients personalise them to their taste.

How would you describe your art?

It is impressio-surreal but I would need an art critic to define it.

How would you describe the qualities of an artist?

Idea, inspiration and and no fear to express themselves.

Describe where you live

My living space is in the rhythmic but ordinary style. It’s very compact with only things I need, no more, stylish with good taste.

What is your favourite era of design?

Although I like the impressionists and surrealists, the best for me is high tech, everything very clear not over designed (too much decoration is not useful).

What project have you worked on that is the most inspirational for you?

I think my second degree, (contamination between art and fashion in the 60s 70s). Those two areas are very inspiring.

Who or what is inspiring you right now?

I’m really inspired by Shawn Mendes, his music is true and speaks of my life at the moment, I feel I have lot in common with him, he is a gentleman and my friends think we have very similar behaviour.

How do you stay healthy body and mentally?

Sleep well, eat fruit exercise and dance, think positively, stay in harmony with yourself, love yourself and others, always see the positive in every situation and you will see the beauty of the world.

Do you have a quote you live by?

“Don’t regret things that have already happened. Learn from all experiences.” – Jude Law.

What makes you nervous?

Disorder, things have to be in order especially if I am the responsible one.

How and where do you see yourself in 20 years?

Oh I hate these questions. How can I see the future in 5 years! 0 years? I will be 46 so I hope to have a family, be a good father and husband, I want to stay creative and positive.

Do you dream?

Yes because they can come true!

What is on your playlist?

Shawn Mendes Rita Ora and Dua Lipa

How do you relax?

Drinks with friends and dance classes, I take hip hop classes.

See more on Roman’s Instagram @romankozak7

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