Art Brokerage: Alina Eydel Ukrainian-American Artist: b. 1989. Alina Eydel was born in Kiev, but has lived in the US for over 20 years, is one of the most unique young artists of our time. Not only does she stand out with her original and fervently creative ideas, Eydel also invented a unique technique, which she calls Mosaic on Canvas. Rather than using traditional mosaics, she gives her figurative, acrylic-on-canvas paintings a modern and unique twist, incorporating precious and semi-precious materials, which already imply treasure in themselves, and gluing and varnishing glass beads, Swarovsky crystals, fresh-water pearls, corals, and turquoise. The result is spectacular. Each painting shimmers like a sea of gemstones. "Mosaic on canvas" evolved from the customary acrylic paintings with which she engaged herself as a child; however, as her concept developed, it required this particular mixed media approach. The unexpected textures that Eydel uses in her paintings add an ethereal sparkle, transforming the works into painted pieces of jewelry. Accordingly, Eydel calls her pieces "jewelry for walls". Such a multidimensionality of texture is intrinsically surreal; each piece is both a painting and jewelry at once. Each piece is also a painting and a mosaic.