Matador Review

A Quarterly Missive of Alternative Concern

Alexandra Slava

At The Edge

"Self portrait. This work explores an uncertainty or weariness of beginning down a path that perhaps has no discernible or achievable end."


"This sculpture represents the culmination of the body of my academic work. In many ways, the challenge of creating a full-sized figure in the round seemed less difficult than facing the future uncertainty – my real life ellipsis."


"A life-size seated male torso. This work explores the idea of fragile masculinity."

The Fall of a Sparrow

"This sculpture depicts a brief moment of vulnerability during the pursuit of a genuinely full life."

My Shelter

"An autobiographical work that includes my own portrait as well as my mother's. By engaging first with the emotional intimacy of our relationship and my own personal experiences, I am trying to represent a more universal idea of the strong bond between a mother and her daughter."

Alexandra Slava, born 1996 in Ukraine, is a figurative sculptor currently living and working in Florence. She graduated from the Florence Academy of Art, where she was awarded the prize of Sculpture of the Year. Alexandra's work has been recognized by several international organizations including The Art Renewal Center, The International Arts and Culture Group, and the Museo Europeo d'Arte Modern in Barcelona, Spain.

She created the model for a large marble statue of St. Joseph for the interior design of St. John Baptist Church in Williamsburg, Virginia. Her works may be found in private collections in Ukraine, Malta, France, England, Italy, and Canada. Follow her on Instagram at @alexandraslava and Facebook at @AlexandraSlavaSevostianova. More information can be found at