I'm glad you're here

My name is Olena Kayinska. I'm an artist. I'm happy to do what I love the most. I want to make you happy as well with the help of my paintings.

 

My paintings-dreams take the observers inside, to the subconscious, to the core. Trying to find the inner self, the observer wanders through the imaginary world, fantastic forests, filled with symbolic images and archetypical symbols, inhabited with mysterious creatures, each of which provides a guide to the final destination – our heart. My aim is to make people happier.

 

My paintings show the endlessness of obvious and unobvious relationships in this world with the help of mysterious storylines with the metaphysical sense. Being the guide between the worlds, I mix reality and magic in a genuine meditative form of my witchcraft. Direct ascetism of the flat surfaces, completeness, and persuasiveness of the compositions, seamless statics, graphical coding of the deep sense into the schematic images, order, and rhythm of the painting focus the observer’s attention on what is underneath.

 

I want to return the observers to the pure, sincere, and spontaneous experience of the outer world, which we all had in our childhood. Children observe the world as it is, directly, without thinking. My paintings are childishly simple and straightforward. They help recall the child’s state of trust and safety, the state of interest in the world around, the state of fabulousness and love. As if you are being held in hands and told a fairy tale. When we manage to recall this fundamental state and restore the feeling of trust and pureness, the world starts showing us its magnanimous side. My paintings are portals of returning to the pure child’s state of mind and to the joy of being.

Personal projects:

  • 8 - 29 September 2020 - River inside of me, personal exhibition within the project Her (ex)position, Auction house "Korners", Kyiv, Ukraine

  • 20 February – 13 March 2020 – Thin Dreams, personal project, PM Gallery, Lviv, Ukraine

  • 5 – 25 December 2019 – The Light Comes from The Silence, personal project, gallery Bunkermuz, Ternopil, Ukraine

 

Group exhibitions:

  • 30 May 2021 – The Song Between Our Stars, magazine that showcases poetry, fiction, and artworks

  • 17 March 2021 – coviDreams, book about dreams and the pandemic

  • 26 February – 31 March – The little stories we tell ourselves, online group exhibition, Gallery MUI

  • 11 – 24 February 2021 – Visiocracy, Modern Research Art Institute, Kyiv, Ukraine

  • 17 December – 17 January 2020 – exhibition of the results of the art residency “Zhovkva-Art-Kreminna”, Old Apothecary, Zhovkva, Ukraine

  • 1 – 31 December 2020 – Women Suffragists, Women Soaring Project, online exhibition, WSP Gallery

  • 23 November – 15 January 2020 – In Time of Corona, juried online exhibition, 118 Art Gallery

  • 28 October 2020 – Virtual naїve art museum

  • 17 – 18 October 2020 – Sail of Adventures, VII tourist festival of songs, photo, and cinema, participant of an art exhibition, Palace of Culture, Lutsk, Ukraine

  • 8 – 11 October 2020 – Lviv Art Week 2020, group exhibition, FESTrepublic, Lviv, Ukraine

  • 1 – 18 October 2020 – One day after…, International art project, Museum-exhibition center of modern art, Kyiv History Museum, Kyiv, Ukraine

  • 19 – 24 August 2020 – V International Parajanov festival, group exhibition, curator and participant, Suputnyk, Lviv, Ukraine

  • 15 August – 30 September 2020 – There is feminism… , group exhibition, Gender Culture Center, Kharkiv, Ukraine

  • 26 June – 31 July 2020 - The LOST festivals, Annual International Contemporary Arts Festival, Lacuna Festivals, Canary Islands, Spain

  • 4 – 30 June 2020 – International Online Painting Exhibition 2020, under Jaleswar Art Foundation, India

  • 2 – 28 June 2020 – Two Dots, online exhibition, NV Gallery

  • 22 May – 31 December 2020 – Post-COVID-19 Juried Online Art Show, Anton Art Center

  • 16 November 2019 – Oscar’s Night, charitable evening by Rotary Club Lviv, Lviv, Ukraine

  • 18 – 20 October 2019 – AirGogolFest, contemporary art festival, Crystal factory, Vinnytsya, Ukraine

  • 28 September – 28 October 2019 – Diffusion, the final exhibition of the art residency “Diffusion”, Kramatorsk Museum of Art, Kramatorsk, Ukraine

  • 16 – 23 September 2019 – Waves of Reality or Excitation in Travneve, final exhibition of the NVAIR 2019 program, Modern Art Research Institute, Kyiv, Ukraine

  • 13 – 28 September 2019 – Diffusion, the final exhibition of the art residency “Diffusion”, Center of modern art by Arkhip Kuindzhi, Mariupol, Ukraine

  • 29 August – 30 September 2019 – Social Volume, the final exhibition of the art residency by Helikon Art Center, Kara Sanat Atolyesi Gallery, Izmit, Turkey

  • 19 – 24 August 2019 – IV International Paradjanov Festival, group exhibition, curator and participant, Suputnik, Lviv, Ukraine

  • 15 June – 4 August 2019 – Narrative about Freedom, the final exhibition of Nazar Voitovich Art Residency, gallery of the Zbarazh castle, Zbarazh, Ukraine

  • 1 June – 20 July 2019 – Mamay. Prairie. Protection, an art exhibition in the frameworks of the history-cultural festival “Mamay-fest” under the aegis of National Union of Artists of Ukraine, Museum of history of Kamyanske, Kamyanske, Ukraine

  • 9 May 2019 – The Shadow of Dream* cast upon Giardini della Biennale in Venice

  • 20 – 23 March 2019 – Lviv Art Days, contemporary art exhibition, Lvivarnya, Lviv, Ukraine

  • 13 January 2019 – Charitable auction by Ukrainian Doctors Union, Lviv, Ukraine

  • 19 – 24 August 2018 – ІІІ International Paradjanov Festival, art exhibition, Suputnik, Lviv, Ukraine

  • 25 – 27 May 2018 – New Wave Exhibition vol.3, contemporary art festival, FESTrepublic, Lviv, Ukraine

  • 4 – 18 December 2016 – The Journey for the Inner Light, group exhibition, First Lviv Media Center, Lviv, Ukraine

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