HK Magazine: Tell us something about your series, “Modern Romanticism.” Anna Berezovskay a : It is the view of my own world. I created this fantasyland where all the people there are kings, princes, princesses and knights, and I kind of live in it. I believe deep down in their hearts, everybody wants to be a prince or princess. HK: Do those ideas come from fairytales? AB : Totally! Especially when I was little, my parents were always busy working so I was left home alone all the time. Being an imaginative kid I loved reading fairytales and then started creating my own. When I became a painter, those fantasies naturally reflected in my paintings. HK: How did you become a painter? AB : My parents sent me to art school when I was nine, but they never wanted me to pursue a painting career. I had to be self-supported when I turned 17 though, so I had no choice but to produce paintings and sell as many as I could. HK: And now you’re successful and famous at such a young age. How does that affect your life? AB : Every painter wants to be successful and well known, and I know I’m blessed to have achieved a lot at 23. But I’m a workaholic so for me the fame and money hasn’t changed my life that much. I just spend most of my time at work, as always. HK: Any interesting anecdotes from previous exhibitions? AB : Oh yes. Once they exhibited a painting of mine of a fat woman staring at a lot of delicious food locked in a cage. A woman came to me and told me she would buy that painting to hang on the wall of her daughter’s bedroom to urge her to go to diet! I had never thought my painting could serve such a practical purpose. Haha!. HK: Your exhibitions always sell out. Why do you think people like your artwork so much? AB : I guess they like the coloring and composition of my paintings because they look pleasant. Also, a lot of painters nowadays are very keen on making their artwork political. They paint to announce their ideologies. That’s good, but doesn’t work for me. I just love painting beautiful and peaceful scenes. And I think everybody likes pure beauty, serenity and happiness.