Victoria (Vika) Bulgakova grew up in the former Soviet Union, in a republic that is now Ukraine. She graduated from music college and taught classical piano prior to moving to the USA in 1994.

Vika received her BA in English Literature and MA in Graphic Communications from New York University; she managed development of software systems for financial and educational institutions for 15 years before completing MFA program at Cranbrook Academy of Art and becoming an exhibiting metal artist. Now she loves wearing two hats - working in both fields, art and business technology.