Sand Drawing/Sand Painting by Kseniya Simonova: Ukraine’s Version of America’s Got Talent


Kseniya Simonova uses a giant light box projected on a large screen, dramatic music, imagination and “sand painting” skills to interpret Germany’s invasion and occupation of Ukraine during WWII.

Video show progressive drawing of scenes portrayed by Kseniya Simonova using sand as a visual medium. Kseniya Simonova (born 1985 as Ксения Симонова) is a sand animator from Ukraine. She started drawing with sand after her business collapsed due to the early 21st century credit crunch and had been drawing for less than a year when she entered Ukraine’s Got Talent. She became the 2009 winner of that show, constructing an animation that portrayed life during the USSR’s Great Patriotic War against the Third Reich in World War II.

Simonova won 1,000,000 Ukrainian Hryvnia (approx. USD125,000) for winning first place in the Ukraine ‘Got Talent’ show.

Ukrainian Commercial Television Network– www.stb.ua (website is in Ukrainian language)