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“The Artist in History”. Olesya Kaznokh. 30.04. – 26.05. 2024

“The Artist in History”. Olesya Kaznokh. 30.04. – 26.05. 2024

In 2021, I began a series of portraits of famous artists from the past to explore how time and place influenced their creative expression, fame, and role in history. I painted male and female artists sequentially:

Louise Nevelson, Aleksandra Ekster, Arshile Gorky, Kateryna Bilokur, Jacques Hnizdovsky, Taras Shevchenko, Oleksandr Bohomazov and Oleksandr Archipenko, Lee Krasner, Fedir Krychevskyi, Margit Selska, Oleksandr Murashko and Modest Sosenko, Maria Siniakova, Andriy Mentukh, Marie Bashkirtseff, Sonia Delaunay.

I finished this series in 2023. And now I look at it with different eyes. Could I ever have imagined that we would all live in a history textbook, that suffering from Russian imperialism, genocide, emigration, self-determination, and self-realization of our national identity would be such relevant topics from February 24, 2022, in my country, as they were in the times when the heroes of my portraits lived?

I offered each of my heroes – male and female artists an alternative life scenario. I fantasize about what if it were different? Like in a movie where they cast the same character who behaves differently at a certain moment in life and everything happens differently.

Read about every portrait here

Olesya Kaznokh (Domaradzka)

Olesya was born in the city of Dubrovytsia, Rivne region, in 1978.

Olesya received an education as an artist-restorer at the Lviv Colege of Applied and Decorative Art named after I. Trusha in 1996, and at the National Lviv Art Academy, which she graduated in 2003.

In 2006, she founded the Green Gallery gallery.

Her works are in the collection of the Parkhomiv Historical and Art Museum (Department of the Kharkiv Art Museum).

She has been participating in exhibitions since 1996. She held 6 personal exhibitions. Four of them in the Green Sofa gallery in 2015, 2016, 2018, 2020. And one each in Ternopil and Odesa. Took part in the project “The Falling Shadow of Dreams on the Giardini Gardens” at the 58th Biennale in Venice, as well as in the project “Under the Star of Pinzel” 2019-2023. In the group projects of the Korsak`s Museum in Lutsk and the White World Gallery in Kyiv.

In 2022 – 2024, she created several artifacts for charitable initiatives to help overcome the war.