Dmitriy Polyakov started drawing as a young child and has been fascinated by art ever since–especially its power to express spirituality and universal human values. Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Dmitriy was surrounded by art from birth. His father is a graphic artist and his as a fashion designer; however, it was his grandmother, a renowned art teacher in Georgia, who first taught Dmitriy painting, drawing, origami and the excitement of artistic creation.
Trained at the State Academy of Fine Arts, Georgia (Russia) in Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Dmitriy emigrated to the United States at the age of 18 and continued his studies at Parsons School of Design in New York. Now an artist with 20+ years of professional experience in decorative arts, design, advertising, stage design, cinema art, mosaic, painting, and photography, Dmitriy has decided to focus his artistic energies on jewelry design and graphic arts.
Dmitriy draws inspiration from a wide range of art disciplines such as graphic arts, monumental arts, sculpture, mosaic, stained glass and painting. Modern artists Chagall, Kandinsky, Klee and Miró also influence his artistic vision.
In 2010 Dmitriy founded AWKed Design and Jewelry Studio. It began as a channel for capturing the spontaneous creative energy of children’s art. In his Art With Kids Studio, Dmitriy collaborated with children to create art works that expressed their free imagination and unique vision. Dmitriy then developed new techniques to preserve the children’s original art, by translating their drawings into designs for handcrafted cloisonné enamel jewelry.
The AWK Design collection builds on this legacy, offering existing designs based on children’s drawings or the opportunity to create a truly unique piece
AWKed/ Dmitriy’s designs look to communicate a spiritual aura: the wonder of the cosmos, the joy of childhood discovery, the adventure of love.