Dinara Mirtalipova is known worldwide for her whimsical illustrations and distinct folky patterns that feature details like flowers, animals, and hand lettering. But incredibly, she’s self-taught in illustration and design, having studied first Computer Science at the Tashkent State University of Economics.
“Only after I grew up and graduated from the field of computer science, I realized I couldn’t stop painting,” she explained in an interview with the Sak. “To my surprise, I began receiving commissions to draw and design for people and companies. And after my client list grew I decided it was time to concentrate on art professionally. “
Born and raised in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, she eventually landed in snowy Ohio, where she currently works as an illustrator from her home studio in Sagamore Hills. Her toolbox includes carving lino blocks, gouache, acrylics, and more, with Uzbek/Russian folklore clear inspirations for her work. Now, with almost 300k followers on Instagram, her choice to follow through with her creative passion seems to have been right.
“Art communicates emotions,” says Mirtalipova, “it can tell stories and paint a mood. I feel my art has a sense of nostalgia, it’s folkloric and musical. When I paint my stories, I like them to communicate positive energy, to be bright and colorful, to bring joy and to spread joy.”
Her cheerful patterns and decorative letterforms will bring you joy, if nothing else.