Tribambuka (Anastasia)


Tribambuka (aka Anastasia Beltyukova) is a London based multidisciplinary artist, award- winning illustrator and animation director working predominantly in painting and printmaking. Her practice is concerned with the themes of shifting identity, home and belonging. As a British artist with Russian roots, she takes a critical approach to the complexities of her heritage through a contemporary lens of feminist thought and mythological thinking. Her striking, figurative visual language is an amalgamation of the artistic elements found in Russian Avant-garde, French Analytical Cubism and Fauvism, as well influenced by the revolutionary spirit of swinging sixties.


The artist was formally trained in the traditions of the Russian Analytical school of painting at the St. Petersburg State Academy of Art and Design, which opposes the canon of academic education and takes its roots from artists like Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, Pavel Filonov and Natalia Goncharova. She inherited the structural approach to composition and shapes, reversed perspective and bold colour combinations. The influence of Fauvism, Expressionism and sixties counterculture add an element of disorder, emphasizing the interplay between chaos and structure that is a key theme in her work. Her background in illustration adds a fresh, contemporary edge, as well as defines the narrative approach and symbolism behind her compositions. These visual attributes become apparent in her She / Her / Hers (2022) painting series, depicting portraits of women in various contorted, geometrical configurations using a limited palette of bold colours. In her painting series Right to Rage (2022), the artist adopts a similarly iconic compositional style and colourful palette in her portraits of female characters from across various mythological narratives as a powerful emancipatory statement.

Alongside prestigious commissions by international brands such as CNN, NBC, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and the Migration Museum, Tribambuka’s works have been exhibited and collected internationally in both physical and NFT-form.


Artist Statement: 

“Having been born in a city and a country that don’t exist anymore, and having wandered around a bit and growing roots in the new soil now I found myself being concerned with the complexities of identity, belonging and home. At first it was quite innocent exploration of what Home is, but since the pandemic the theme has been turning darker and darker each year, revealing its shadow sides – first, home becoming a confinement, then – falling apart altogether. Themes of losing home, broken homes, damaged roots, displacement and losing ground led me to questioning identity and belonging even more – who am I when my world has fallen apart?

Also the horrific war that the country I used to call home has started highlighted gender injustice (among other things). An ultimate objectification of a woman is her body becoming a symbol of a conquered land, leading to unimaginable crimes. Gender inequality, female rage and resilience are taking over my practice at the moment. I’d like to see it as a way to process it and facilitate a discussion of the need of a cultural and political change. I like using traditional techniques, oil on canas, printmaking, charcoal and carbon pencil on paper, but I experiment with digital tools a lot too and even work with moving image. I’m finding it hard to lock myself into one creative field, and each project I take on makes me branch out into new spheres. I’m drawn to collaborative multimedia projects as well, working together with musicians and performers, as well as involving audience. I found that interacting with the audience and asking questions is the most exciting way for me to create work, and their responses stimulate the next steps in my creative process.”

Selected Events

Solo Exhibitions: 

  • 2022     “Right to Rage”, OXO Tower Wharf / London, UK
  • 2019     “I Am Home”, Atelier 3I3, Porto, Portugal
  • 2013     “Weird And Wonderful”, S.P.O.T Gallery, London, UK


Group Exhibitions: 

  • 2022     “TART Factory”, TART Gallery, London, UK
  • 2022     International Women’s Month, Adidas x Creative Debuts, Cluster,London, UK
  • 2022     “SHE/HER/HERS”, Oakland Gallery, New Brighton, UK
  • 2019     “SOI 62”, Museum of Illustration, New York, USA
  • 2019     “Nothing Is Square”, Cultivate Gallery, London, UK
  • 2019     “Cluster”, Truman Brewery, London, UK
  • 2019     “Who Are We”, Hackney Wicked Festival, Trampery, London, UK
  • 2013     “Making Tracks”, ONCA Gallery, Brighton, UK
  • 2013     “Pick Me Up”, Somerset House, London, UK
  • 2012     “Winter Pop Up”, Wrong Door Gallery, London, UK
  • 2012     Print Club London Group Show, London, UK
  • 2012     “Space for Mind” – Space for Art, London, UK
  • 2012     The Reality of Art London Festival, Courtyard Theatre, London, UK
  • 2012     “East London Mornings”, Mouse and De Lotz, London, UK


Public Talks and Podcasts: 

  • 2023     How to Use What You Feel to Make Art, Public talk, The Mixer x AOI, Disabled Illustrators Meet Up with Tribambuka
  • 2022     Fierce Women, Panel discussion, SheSays x Cluster Contemporary, OXO Tower, London, UK
  • 2022     Holding Home In Our Hands, Panel discussion, Central Saint Martinsx Foundling Museum, London, UK
  • 2022     Finding Home, Seven of Clubs, Public talk, Pushkin House, London, UK
  • 2021     Hotline Design Podcast
  • 2021     Animated Documentaries Q&A,  Hackney Picturehouse, London
  • 2021     Finding Your Voice, Public talk Cluster, London, UK
  • 2020     Finding Your Voice, Public talk, Kyoorios Designyatra Conference, Mumbai, India
  • 2020     KinoLondon Q&A, London, UK
  • 2019     Creativity + Opportunity Panel discussion, British Library, Hill+Knowlton conference
  • 2014     Creative Industries Round Table Discussions, OXO Tower, London UK
  • 2009     Indian Street Graphics, Public talk, ETAGI, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • 2009     Design and Visual Culture in Russia, Round Table, Museum of City Sculpture, St. Petersburg, Russia


Honours and awards:

  • 2023     John Moore paining Prize, Shortlist, UK
  • 2021     Creativepool Awards, Bronze Award for Illustration, UK
  • 2021     Creativepool Awards, Bronze Award for Animation, UK
  • 2021     3×3 Mag / International Illustration, Competition No18, Merit Award, USA
  • 2021     Communication Arts Illustration, Competition, Winner, USA
  • 2021     Society of Illustrators Competition 63, Shortlist, USA
  • 2020     Creativepool Award, Bronze Award for Illustration / UK
  • 2020     Creative Quarterly 61, Runner Up, USA
  • 2020     3×3 Mag, International Illustration, Competition No17, Honorable Mention, USA
  • 2019     HiiiBrand Illustration Competition, Best of the Best, China
  • 2019     Society of Illustrators Competition 62, Shortlist, USA
  • 2019     Illustration West 59, Shortlist, USA
  • 2018     Communication Arts Illustration, Competition, Shortlist, USA
  • 2017     Creativepool Awards, Illustration Shortlist, UK
  • 2016     Creativepool Awards, Illustration Shortlist, UK
  • 2016     Creativepool Awards, Wave Shortlist, UK
  • 2016     Top 25 Creative Industry Influencer, Creativepool


Animation awards:

  • 2020     Japan International Film Festival, Best Animation
  • 2021     Roma Short Film Festival, Award Winner, Italy
  • 2021     Red Movie Awards, Award Winner, France
  • 2021     Dumbo Film Festival, Semi-finalist, USA
  • 2021     DRUK International Festival, Award Winner, Bhutan
  • 2021     Indo-French International Film Festival, Award Winner,India
  • 2020     International Music Video Awards, Best Animated Music Video, UK
  • 2020     FIFF London, Best Animation, UK
  • 2020     KinoLondon, Finalist, UK
  • 2020     Short To The Point, Semi-Finalist, Romania
  • 2019     Barcelona International Film Festival, Gold Lion Award, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2018     Feel The Reel International Film Festival, Best Music Video, Glasgow, UK
  • 2018     ReAnima, Best Music Video, Norway
  • 2018     London International Student Film Festival, Best Music Video, London, UK
  • 2019     San Jose International Film Awards, Best Video Clip, Costa Rica,
  • 2018     Hollywood Independent Filmmakers Awards and Festival Honorable Mention, USA
  • 2018     Rome Independent Prisma Films Awards, Official Selection, Rome, Italy
  • 2018     Short To The Point Official Selectio, Romania
  • 2018     Moscow Shorts International Film Festival, Official Selection, Moscow, Russia
  • 2018     London Shorts Series Festival, Official Selection ,London, UK
  • 2018     Jelly International Film Festival, Official Selection, Los Angeles, USA
  • 2018     Toronto Vanguard, Official Selection, Toronto, Canada
  • 2018     Lift Off Global Network London, Official Selection, UK
  • 2019     Porto Femme International Film Festival, Official Selection, Porto, Portugal
  • 2019     Music Shorts Film Festival, Official Selection,  Missoula, USA
  • 2021     London International Animataion Festival, Official Selection, UK
  • 2020     Feel The Reel International Film Festival, Official Selection, UK
  • 2020     London Arthouse Film Festival, Official Selection, UK
  • 2021     British Animation Film Festival Official Selection, UK
  • 2021     UK Screen One International Film Festival, Official Selection, UK
  • 2021     Tri Rivers Film Festival Official Selection, UK
  • 2021     FlickFair Film Festival, Official Selection, USA
  • 2021     New York Tri-State International Film Festival, Official Selection, USA
  • 2021     Indie Filmmaker Showcase,Official Selection, UK



  • 2021     Casa Tagumerche La Gomera, Spain



  • 2021     ZIMA magazine,Interview
  • 2020     The Calvert Journal, Feature
  • 2019     Design Calender, Interview
  • 2018     The Illustration Idea Book, Inspiration from 50 Masters By Steven Heller and Gail Anderson
  • 2018     1000 Artist’s Journal Pages



  • St. Petersburg State Academy of Art and Design, 1994-2000
  • British Higher School of Art and Design, School of Creative Arts of the University of Hertfordshire,2017
  • CityLit, Animation, 2017 – 2018


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