-- 1991-1997: Exhibitions in Omsk
-- March 2003: Europastel project. Pastel in the Russian Academy of Fine Arts in the past and in the present, Russian Academy of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg
-- Autumn 2005: Autumnal Exhibition in the Union of Painters
-- June-July 2006: Symphony of Light, the National Center Gallery, St. Petersburg
-- February-March 2007: Spring Dreams, town of Pavlovsk
-- March-April 2007: Endless Expanses, St. Petersburg
-- September 2007: Exhibition in the national center of the Republic of Komi, St. Petersburg
-- Spring 2008: Hope, Exhibition in the Union of Painters
-- March 2008: Airy mood, Café-Break
-- December 2008: Across my North-West, Historical and ethnographic museum of the town of Slantsy
-- From December 2008 to February 2010: Touring exhibition Across my North-West, cities and towns in the North-West of Russia
-- September-November 2009: Youth, culture, and modern times, Center for Culture, Cinema and Leisure[ПВ1] , town of Pavlovsk
-- Autumn 2009: Autumnal Exhibition in the Union of Painters
-- 18 December 2009: Another Dimension, Gaza House of Culture
--  January 2010: Apples on the Snow, the National Center Gallery, St. Petersburg
--  August 2010: Exhibition in the village of Vistino, Leningrad Oblast
--  3-14 November 2010: Vivid Source, Museum and Apartment of Isaak Brodsky, St. Petersburg
--  26 November-11 December 2010: Autumnal Exhibition in the Union of Painters
--  November 2012: Project Land of Children together with the Union of Composers in the House of Composers
--  May 2013, Montenegro: International Exhibition following a plein-air painting session
--  Autumn 2013: First prize in the painting and photography competition St. Petersburg and its residents, the U.S. Consulate General in St. Petersburg. Exhibition in the consulate.
-- 19-21 June 2016: Winner of the prize by UNIVERS DES ARTS magazine at the third International Large Format Plein-Air Painting Competition, Fourges, France
-- 25 April-8 May 2016: Window to France, Exhibition in the St. Petersburg Art Museum, St. Petersburg
--  11-24 May 2017: Exhibition Shores, Gallery V skladchinu (All together), St. Petersburg

Dates and events:

Yulia Terpugova was born on 24 March 1974 in Omsk.
From 1997 to 2003 she studied in the Academy of Fine Arts (Ilya Repin St. Petersburg State Academic Institute of Fine Arts, Sculpture and Architecture) under the tutorship of Daria A. Kollegova and Boris M. Lavrenko, and since 2005 she has been chiseling her skills in Professor Oleg A. Eremeev’s studio.
Since 2003 she has been collaborating with the Greek and Catholic Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in St. Petersburg, for which she has painted a series of portraits of the church companions, an altarpiece, and made several other paintings.
In May 2013 she took part in the International Plein-Air Painting Festival in Montenegro.
In autumn 2013 she started teaching at the Palmira Art school of arts for adults and held this post during the following two consecutive years.
In June 2014 she won a prize in the International Large Format Plein-Air Painting Competition in Normandy.
In 2014 she acceded to the Union of Painters of Russia.
From 2015 to 2017 she participated in the project Virtual Painting Academy.
In 2017 she got married, and her surname changed. She is now known as Yulia Berdnikova.
Yulia lives and works in St. Petersburg.


Yulia was born in the Siberian city of Omsk. The city with white buildings and silver poplars. With winters that bring freezing temperatures of minus 30 degrees, bright sun, and crystals of snow, with grass bleached white in summer even before July comes. It might be that this childhood experience of white has predetermined Yulia’s choice of colors. She found it hard to decide what she wanted to be – a mathematician or an artist. An unexpectedly high (the highest, actually) mark for the entrance exams at the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg tipped the scales. Thus, Siberian crystals and pearls were cut in the academic school of realistic painting.

Mountains are a recurrent theme in her paintings. The artist abandons the classical and realistic way of depicting bulks of rock in clear shapes. Instead, she tries to convey the philosophical aspect of Nature’s grandeur. Yulia is constantly forging an artistic language of her own. By depicting non-material objects that can’t be experienced through tactile perception and by placing them in the shadow or in the hoarfrost, the artist manages to convey a weird, even infernal state of nothingness. Take a look at the picture, and you will find yourself immersed in a surreal world. The space is embraced by hoarfrost or fog. Snow or frosty air have erased the borderline between the sky and the ground, between houses and trees. Long bluish shadows stretching over the white surface of the ground and bluish shadows cast by rows of nondescript houses give no hint as to the place and time or as to whether the landscape in the painting is an earthly one. Only tiny details, such as a bench (Spring in St. Petersburg) or people pushing prams (March), suggest the scale and earthly nature of the characters. But all of them are so small and helpless in this kingdom of shadows and white stillness!

The artist is apparently fascinated by nature’s might and domination – the ridge of an ancient solid rock almost seems to protrude from the canvas (Golden Shkhara). And yet again the viewer is lost – what is it? where is it? Nothing but a self-imposing mass bulging out of the painting, and a soft silvery tint to the sky. This artist is skillful enough to deceive the onlooker, and one no longer thinks about colors or texture. The viewer is fully overwhelmed by the world wrought by something other than the Creator’s hand. The very subtlety of the palette that the painter uses to depict a child (Agusha – onomatopoetic Russian word for child, TN[ПВ2] ) suggests her special view of the human world, more fragile, more helpless and vulnerable than the creations to which Mother Nature gave no special intent.

Yulia lives and works in St. Petersburg and is a member of the Union of Painters of Russia. She travels a lot and works hard.

“My artistic search is not yet finished. I love trying out different techniques and instruments, experimenting with colors. I often try my hand at developing new subjects in my works.”

“I believe it is not the ability to draw from nature that makes an artist, but rather the ability to convey thoughts and feelings through expressive means.”

Based on the article by art expert Vera Fenelonova