One of the key events for the European art community, the international contemporary art exhibition Mantova Biennale, was held from 4 to 10 November 2017 in Mantua, Italy. The Francesco Gonzaga Museum opened its doors to artists’ works all over the world.
The solemn awards presentation of the prestigious Andrea Mantegna Prize, one of the Italian Renaissance classics and famous master of the ХV century, was passed within the official opening of the Biennale in the state Teatro Sociale di Mantova. Mantegna’s art style is considered as unique and his works are carefully preserved in such selected museum’s collections as the Uffizi Gallery, the Louvre, the National London Gallery, etc. The curators, art-expert Salvatore Russo and Francesco Saverio Russo, noted Olga Lomaka and others laureates of the prize with personal diplomas. Her work „Illum” from the series „The Mind Parasites” attracted the museum’s visitors with its unusual emotional impulse and a memorable colour solution.
In October, The International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Florence — one of the most important international exhibitions of contemporary art — was held. Аll art lovers eagerly awaited this event to see more than 450 best artists from 70 countries sharing their unique cultural achievements and experience.
From October 5 to 15, about 1300 works were presented to visitors and the jury at this prestigious stage of contemporary art.
Olga Lomaka was the one of the participants of the Florence Biennale 2017 exposition. Her works made an impression and became a worthy part of the exhibition. The artist presented wooden sculptures Superbuddha, Fashion Guru and Miss Universe from the series “Artefacts”, which perfectly reflect the theme of the 11th Biennial — “Earth. Creativity & Sustainability”. Here, the image of the Buddha as a symbol of harmony and balance of the Universe, under the influence of the consumption culture loses its former importance and adopts new unexpected meanings. Simplicity of a form along with the deep content of the works of the project “Artefacts” attracted the audience’s attention.
The awards ceremony of the 12 laureates by “Lorenzo il Magnifico” prize became a final act of the Biennale. In the nomination “Painting” the first prize was given to the works of Zhang Chun Hua (China), in the nomination “Digital art” — Miriam Durango (Spain), “Performance” — Giovanni Vetere (Italy), “Installation” — Tim Guider (Australia), “Photography” — Lisette Solorzano (Cuba).
The ceremony of the first edition of the Milan International Art Award in contemporary art, Premio Arte Milano, curated by Sandro Serradifalco was held in the prestigious Dal Verme Theater on July 25. The prize has the purpose to promote and to sustain the contemporary art. The critic committee composed by Professor of Arts Vittorio Sgarbi selected the winners.
Olga Lomaka took the deserved prize-winning place for the project “The Mind Parasites” in Painting category. A series of twelve paintings found its viewer and received the love of a wide audience after several personal and group exhibitions in Russia and Europe. The critic committee thanked the artist for her contribution to the development of contemporary art and noted the project as a fundamentally new view of social problems facing society and the individual.
The prize attracted attention of professional community and art lovers. Among guests were musician and film director David Guido Pietroni, journalist Marco Travaglio, as well as well-known Italian actor and musician Moni Ovadia.
Pierre Cardin opened the doors of the Marquis de Sade castle for the annual Festival d’Arts in Lacoste. Since 2001 this event, created to promote art and engage a wider audience, as well as strengthen the cultural dialogue between France and other countries, has become one of the most anticipated in Western Europe.
From July 21 to 23, a special exhibition devoted to contemporary Russian art was held within the framework of the festival. Olga Lomaka presented her works from the series “The Mind Parasites” at the exposition. Paintings “Illum” and “Illuminati” draw attention of visitors of the castle. The well-known couturier and philanthropist Pierre Cardin personally awarded Olga with the certificate of the participant, highlighting the critical-exploring view of the artist on social problems.
One of the landmark painting of the project “Illuminati” at the request of Mr. Cardin was solemnly transferred to his famous private collection of works of art.
On the 26th of April, artist and collector Olga Lomaka opened a new modern art space, LOMAKA GALLERY, in London. On the opening night the gallery presented a selection of artworks by established and talented emerging artists from around the world. Amongst guests were illustrious cultural figures, art critics as well as collectors and businessmen. The event was organised with the communication agency FashionPRBuro and supported by TV channel FashionTV.
The opening night attracted the Capital’s most stylish set: rising British TV star Malcolm Modele, popular fashion TV host Prince Cassius, model Olivia Arben as well as creative duo Joe Wolfe and Johan Labassa. In addition to this influential line up were designers Joshua Kane and Maria Zherebtsova.
Several curators and renowned collectors were spotted at the event such as gallerist Benjamin Fry, art expert Ariane Belisle, art patron David Gigauri, journalist Sasha Burkhanova, Margarita and Alyona Prykhodko of Sybarite Jewellery. Verna Taylor-Barker and Svetlana Zakharova also came to congratulate Olga Lomaka on the debut of her contemporary art gallery.
The unique exposition of Lomaka Gallery comprises works of Columbian artist Albeiro Tomedes, Swiss artist TP Hardisty, and the artistic Russian duo Tvorogov Borthers. Art admirers were also treated to a video performance of extravagant French actress Olya Mareva. To top it all off was special invitation by gallery founder for all artists to attend the party, present their works whilst enjoying sparkling wine and a DJ set.
Gallery director Olga Lomaka is truly passionate about supporting artists purely based on their talent and ability. Lomaka Gallery collaborates with some of the most distinctive and innovative artists working today. Tomedes’ work is influenced by the impact of development on the natural environment and local Amazonian culture. The de-construction of many of Tomedes’ paintings echoes the destructive forces impacting upon the Amazon. Hardisty utilises everyday simple objects such as plastic toy ducks, vehicle selectors to colourful pencils as an opening to his art world. The simplicity of objects that Hardisty uses invites observers to make multiple glances before hidden meanings are revealed. There are elements of his work that tease viewers, as they remain hidden during the consecutive observations. Tvorogov Brothers invite viewers to interact with their work by first looking within themselves at their own propensity for creating meaning towards things. The artists’ fixation on the connection between anthropomorphisms and psychic energy is apparent within this body of work. And as a highlight for the show, Olya Mareva’s performance was a chance for viewers to hear poetry about a snowstorm in the middle of nowhere.
Set in the heart of London’s Fitzrovia, Lomaka Gallery is a new contemporary art space. Operating outside conventional practice and the contemporary art system, Lomaka Gallery welcomes a broad audience to an extensive exhibition programme, supporting work of a group of artists who collectively defy categorisation.
The exhibition will be held from 26 till 30 April, 11.00am — 6.00pm.
Address: 46 Great Titchfield Street London W1W 7PZ.
On 25 April 2017 LOMAKA GALLERY, a new contemporary art space, opens its doors in the heart of London and presents selected art works of talented artists from all over the world.
Founded by artist Olga Lomaka, the gallery collaborates with some of the most distinctive and innovative artists working today. Operating outside conventional practice and the contemporary art system, Lomaka Gallery welcomes a broad audience to an extensive exhibition programme, supporting work of a group of artists who collectively defy categorisation.
The debut exhibition presents works of emerging international artists: Tomedes (Colombia), TP Hardisty (Switzerland), Tvorogov Brothers (Russia) and Olya Mareva (France).
The exhibition will be held from 26 till 30 April, 11.00am — 6.00pm.
Address: 46 Great Titchfield Street London W1W 7PZ.
Recently, the annual VV Magazine Award ceremony was held in London. Famous representatives of the creative and business society gathered together to remark achievements and merits in the sphere of modern art, culture and design in the Phillips auction house.
Olga Lomaka was declared a winner of the Best Modern Artist prize. Her Artefacts project, which was first exhibited in the Saatchi Gallery in 2016, where it got the lively attention of visitors and the media, the hosts noted as the most iconic and memorable event of the year. Antony Fosset, prominent art critic and master of the ceremony, expressed gratitude to the artist for her contribution to the development of new techniques and art movements, which had succeeded in revealing the completely polarized traits of social phenomena and human prejudices.
Another well-deserved prize was awarded to Svetlana Marich, deputy chair and co-director of the Department of Modern Art in Phillips. Her professionalism and contribution to the development of the art market in Russia, as well as support for the leading position of the auction house, were deeply and fairly appreciated by the hosts.
The event attracted many modern art enthusiasts, representatives of business elite and friends of Phillips. That night, the auction house was attended by Mikhail Fridman, Vsevolod Kopjev and Svetlana Zakharova, Gabriella Windsor, director of the Damiani jewelry boutique, Jonathan Kondrup, Paddy Lowe, director of the Mercedes Formula One team, with his spouse Anna Danshina, businessman and cArtvelli ambassador David Gigauri, and Morgan Oliver, marketing director for Jaeger Le Coultre.
The Art Monaco 2016 Contemporary Art Fair brought together artists and art enthusiasts from around the world. Traditionally, the end of season is marked by vibrant events in Monte Carlo’s cultural life.
What makes it even more impressive is that the Côte d’Azur has always had a pulling power for outstanding talent. This year Olga’s artwork from the Artefacts series was exhibited in a separate branded corner where the Olga Lomaka Studio was presented on a par with contemporary art galleries.
Four distinctly different works — “LEX”, “Follow Me”, “Genie in the Can”, and “Just Pop” — became the centre of art critics and experts’ attention and were awarded the prestigious “Le Prix d’excellence Pensé Écologique” award as part of the Excellence Awards for promoting an environmental theme and focus on environmentally friendly use of resources. The art pieces made from wood do not only pay tribute to ancient traditions of arts and crafts but also remind us of the importance of thinking of our future and caring for nature.
The extensive program of the Art Fair as well as the interest shown by members of the Principality of Monaco’s elite and European art experts and critics mark this event as a key one in a series of group exhibitions on the French Riviera.
On October 12, within the framework of the Frieze 2016 art fair, the exhibition of contemporary artist Olga Lomaka, the Artefacts, launched in London at Saatchi Gallery with the support of FineArt Foundation.
The media partners for the private view of the exhibition were FashionTV and VV Magazine. Among those attending the opening were major art leaders of the British and Russian art scene, amongst them the art critics and collectors, members of business and fashion-industry circles. The event was planned and organized by FashionPRBuro Communication Agency.
On the day of the event one could spot on the red carpet such pool of international celebrities, as a popular model and shoe designer Karen El-Khazen, the famous British TV presenter and fashion-blogger Prince Cassius, Alena Prikhodko, the creative director of the jewellery house Sybarite, designers Tamara and Natasha Surguladze (brand Tata Naka) Dasha, Julia and Elena Pashevkin (brand Pa5h and the Box boutique), chief editor of the Ikon magazine Joe Alvarez, Augusta Tess Van Ghert — the founder of the fashion house Tess Van Ghert and its director Christina Pokrovskaya, Clarice Santamarina of Ralph Lauren, the internationally acclaimed fashion photographer of the European fashion media Olivier Rieu and his companion for the evening Morgan Olivier of Jaeger le Coultre.
Despite the rainy weather, guests kept on arriving in succession. Among them were the British actor and model Tayo Oyekoya, German musician and DJ Thorben Seeger, producer Justin Parker, known for his collaboration with Lana del Rey; Coco Hamilton, popular blogger amongst the golden youth crowd, and the rising star of the British pop music industry Meilyr Jones.
To give her support and to congratulate Olga on the long-awaited London exhibition, came to her old friend, the famous British singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor. The pop-diva was specially impressed by the carved relief the Fine Gold, with the image of Buddha wholly covered with glittering gold and bearing a stamp 999 in its midst.
Curators, art experts, art-dealers and gallerists like Fiona Davidoff, Irina Porritt, Eliza Dadiani, Irina Turkan (founder of Art-i-curate.net), Sulkhan Habadze and Sasha Burkhanova (Garage), Natalia Riurikova, Evgeny Sinelnikov, Michael Henderson, dancer Margarita Zafrilla and a notable representative of the Latin American artistic community, Pato Bosich attended the show, commented on the contemporary aesthetic and cultural diffusion visible in the artist’s work.
However, the highlight of the show, capturing the attention of viewers, collectors and art critics alike, was the relief dubbed Royal Guru, celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Queen Elizabeth II and a specially created for the London exhibition by Olga Lomaka. Just with a number of instantly recognisable elements and details the artist highlighted the symbolic status of the royal person, which has become a worldwide style icon and a symbol of aristocratic British values around the world.
The special atmosphere of the evening was sustained by Hugo Woddis, famous British DJ and star male model. Accompanied by the numbers from his musical set, the guests contemplated conceptual works of the artist, whilst sipping costly vintage champagne provided by the exclusive official sponsor of the Saatchi gallery.
The exhibition in London was part of the project’s world tour. Selected works from the series Artefacts will be exhibited at Art Monaco 2016 in late October. Moreover, such works as the Fashion Guru, Super Buddha and Miss Universe will be represented by the artist at the International Biennial of contemporary art in Florence in 2017.
Fine Art Foundation is delighted to announce the opening of THE ARTEFACTS — a solo show by the Russian London-based artist Olga Lomaka, which is to take place on October at Saatchi Gallery with media support of FashionTV and VV Magazine.
“Artefacts are a collision, a clash of traditional spiritual values, as embodied by the Buddha, with new trends popular among the young people, brought about by new information technologies and consumerism. The project is ambiguous: I do not expect the viewer to make a choice, or to draw any dichotomies between cultures and notions. The abstract image of the Buddha, representative of the Orient, is juxtaposed with the advancements of the Western civilisation geared towards the selfish gratification and exploitation of its resources. I believe that only a harmonious balancing of these two attitudes can propel us out of the existing ‘confrontation’ between them: the wisdom of traditional past will help us advance on the path of our spiritual evolution”, — maintains Olga Lomaka.
Fashion Guru offers an insight into the industry, demonstrating how saints became ousted by fashion idols who had mutated into new powerful “Gods” to their admirers and clients. Luxurious life and possession of coveted rare objects appear to be end in itself, justifying the means. Wealthy members of the elite believe to be above the law, whereas the law should be impartial and unbiased. Here is the true value — the Lex (also translated as “the law” from Latin).
Especially for London exhibition the artist created a Royal Guru — the work to honour Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th Anniversary.
IZO Art Gallery which is situated in the very heart of the capital's business life — the
Romanov Dvor quarter — is hosting an annual Art Marathon, now joined by Olga Lomaka.
The exhibition features two of her signature works from the Mind Parasites series. Modern art followers have a great opportunity to see new tendencies in surrealism and pop art and to immerse into the ’psychological thicket’ created by the artist in her Illum (2013) and Illuminati (2014) works and to face their own stereotypes that navigate freely in our consciousness.
This group exhibition at the International Business Centre allows business elite to appreciate the artwork of Russian painters of different art styles daily. Olga Lomaka’s works created some additional reality by diluting the usual interior of a business centre with an impassable thicket of human thoughts and stereotypes. Should you wish to retire for reflection upon yourself and dialog with that inner entity, or to try to understand the true reason and possibilities of your mind in this life, please call at 4 Romanov Pereulok, building 2.
Hurry, the exhibition runs from 7th till 14th July.
The International art fair and competition of contemporary art, Russian Art Week, that recently opened at the Central House of Artists shows yet again the vast number of talents who prove the uniting power of art.
The great importance of this event is clear to every exhibitor regardless their country of origin or level of acceptance. This international forum greatly enriches the development of art and reminds us of the main, common reason of artists’ dedication to it.
The search for new artistic names at the Russian Art Week covers 20 countries and nearly every region of Russia. The organizers have invited highly respected judges from all over the world to evaluate the exhibited works in several media: painting, graphics, sculpture, photography and design. The unusual sculptural works from the Artefacts added a specific meaning to the exhibition’s profile — NextArt- without distorting its concept. Through the prism of history the future contracts precise outlines.
Under the patronage of the Moscow Government and the Art Management section of the Artists Union of Russia this platform unites both professionals and aficionados of the art world — not only famous masters but emerging artists and those who have just started their career in art.
Visitors of the exhibition are invited to appreciate not only the aesthetic aspect of art, but inundate in its theoretical element. An intensive program of master classes, lectures and meetings with artists provided every visitor with a possibility to widen their horizons with knowledge of the art world’s secrets of the trade.
Olga Lomaka’s ‘Artefacts’ series artwork featuring 28 young artists’ works were presented at the new gallery this april. The ART.WHO.ART. group exhibition promotes an association of emerging independent artists who work in various medium and the modernised image of Buddha has found its niche in contemporary art lovers’ mind and heart.
Provocative symbols of the new culture and information consumer society encoded in glowing icons of easily recognizable brands and logos, idols of the fashion industry; fictional characters of the Western society; new attributes of beauty; and the inalienable symbols of social networks, which affect all areas of modern life throughout are understandable and natural for the younger generation.
The ART.WHO.ART. contemporary art festival held annually brings together new artistic talent, art experts and critics, art gallerists, and representatives of other professional art spheres. The exhibition spanned the major interests of visual arts amateurs: painting, sculpture, photography, and installation. This year the organisers instilled intrigue by incorporating interactive audio-visual installations and series of performance events into the main programme. The informative part was dedicated to art education and featured talks by leading representatives of the art industry.
The task of maintaining the atmosphere of freedom and creative self-expression was assigned to such distinctive Russian indie rock bands as Tesla Boy, ½ Orchestra, Natural Sequence, Inwires, Sea Radio, and Cricket Captains.
On 18 February, the splendid Spiridonov Mansion was transformed into a fashionable conceptual art space specially for the opening night show of Olga Lomaka’s new project “Artefacts”. The event was supported by Harper’s Bazaar Art magazine and presented by 25Kadr Gallery.
Many celebrities, art critics, and private collectors came to congratulate Olga, among them curator and art expert Vasili Tsereteli, Alexander Udin, Stuart Lawson, Maraianna Maksimovskaya, artists Andrei Bartenev, and Sasha Frolova, fashion-expert Oleg Tarnopolskiy, editor Anna Russka, Ekaterina Liepa, actress Ingrid Olerinskaya, Maria Shumakova, Ksenia Knyazeva, Daria Avratinskaya and Natalia Bychkova; Adelina, Constantin Andricopulos (Bosco di Ciliegi) and Olga Tsypkina, editor Laura Dzhugelia, Olga Novozhilova, Alexandra Mikhalkova, TV host Artem Korolev, stylist Aleksander Rogov, Milana Koroleva, Daria Mikhalkova, Vitalij Kozak, designers Constantin Gayday and Aleksander Siradekian.
The cultural elite and Moscow high society explored the exhibits on display to the accompaniment of Alexandra Federova’s DJ set, enjoying the contrasting atmosphere of pop art and classical Russian architecture. During the opening night Olga’s artworks were appraised by art experts and critics, curators and art gallery owners, and Philips auction house representatives.
25Kadr Gallery with support from Harper’s Bazaar Art magazine presents ‘Artefacts’, a solo exhibition of the Russian-British artist Olga Lomaka. The event is organised by the FashionPRBuro communications agency. A private view will be held at the Spiridonov House on 18 February where an exposition of wooden sculptures and aerography reflecting the new line in the artist’s creative activity will be displayed. Such a radical change in technique and play with materials help the artist to reveal new dimensions of her vision, taking it to a new level on both the conceptual and visual planes.
The key symbol in the ‘Artefacts’ series of artworks is an image of Buddha depicted on wooden panels using a basic woodcarving technique. Such primitive sculptures could have been created by unknown rural craftsmen either all those hundreds of years ago or today. Throughout the ages the Buddha has been integrating into art, absorbing the experience of generations after generations. Expressed in a simplified and easily understandable image, the Buddha is the embodiment of traditional values and an artefact of the Eastern culture.
Olga Lomaka says: ‘The symbol of the greatness of the East has to adapt to its followers’ new requirements, to be accessible and understandable to the new generation brought up with the Internet and social media. I use this correlation between the materials and some selected elements of the mass culture to show that harmony and balance are achievable anywhere. It is not a conflict of interests, traditions or religion, on the one hand, with the postmodernist society and consumerism, on the other. No; it is a compromise. My aim is to bridge generation gap and give each viewer a chance to think what really matters and what values they personally put first.’
The exhibition will run from 22 February to 4 March in 25Kadr
Gallery at 2/1 Bersenevsky Lane, ‘Red October’ factory territory.
One of the most vibrant fashion nights took place in Kiev on 13 November. Hosted annually in the fashion capitals all over the world by the Vogue magazine, this shopping festival brings together top brands and the most ardent fashion enthusiasts.
This year Olga Lomaka presented the Mickey’s Evolution limited edition collection of sweatshirts in her branded pop-up corner styled as a fashionable art gallery. Accompanying Vogue Ukraine Editor-in-Chief Masha Tsukanova, a number of fashion industry persons including Zoya Litvin, Katya Silchenko, Alina Kosichkina, Nadya Shapovalova, Yana Buchko, Olga Navrotskaya, and Karolina Ashion were among the first to visit the OLGA LOMAKA brand space and take a selfie with the hero of the evening. Miss Ukraine 2015 Kristina Stoloka and Editor-in-Chief of the Nargis magazine Viktoria Kosova-Rakhimova attended the event dressed in the much-loved ‘Ceci n’est ne pas un Kusama’ sweatshirt, as well as TV presenter Anastasia Masyutkina, who favoured René Magritte’s clouds.
The Vogue Fashion’s Night Out guests took great pleasure admiring masterpieces of contemporary art including works by Andy Warhol, Yayoi Kusama, René Magritte, and Piet Mondrian, and enjoying the conceptual environment of the brand space while sipping champagne. All night long the favourite childhood character greeted the brand space guests and entertained the youngest fashionistas by posing for photos and maintaining the festive atmosphere. The guests shared their impressions of the Mickey’s Evolution collection with FashionTV channel, which acted as the night media partner.
The Mickey’s Evolution collection is dedicated to masterpieces of international contemporary art and was inspired by the legendary ‘portrait’ of Mickey created by Andy Warhol. Mickey serves as a guide to the art world bringing it closer to the modern person and helping to rediscover works of outstanding artists and pioneers of their time. The concept is based around the silhouette of the popular cartoon character which is rendered by means of brightly coloured squares originally painted by abstractionist Piet Mondrian. Or peeps out from behind the endearing white flowers of Warhol’s similarly-named painting. Or stands out against the background of light fluffy clouds by surrealist René Magritte. Or is camouflaged in the polka dot minimalism of kitsch Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Aided by them, Mickey undergoes a personal evolution through the history of pop art and surrealism.
A quote from Rene Magritte which puts the finishing touch both gives a clue and causes confusion: ‘Ceci n’est pas un... — This is not ...?’ — ...what it seems to be? What is it then? The decision is yours.
We will be waiting for you in the corner OLGA LOMAKA on 13 November!
The artist’s works and carefully selected poetical sketches open to us eternal themes of primitive consciousness and the process of understanding temptations in human’s soul. Poetic performances by famous persons of culture — Yulia Rutberg, Egor Konchalovsky, Michael Gorevoy, Alexander Demidov, Konstantin Tszyu, Ekaterina Volkova, Sati Kazanova — helped to uncover the problems of the theme. Contemporary visual art represented by selected painting “The Mind Parasites” and poetry of the XX century complementing each other in creating unique 3d space that affects on different levels of perception on the guests. Thus the connection of different times — the “Silver age” of literature and the era of post-modernism that presented Pop Art — with the main theme of the series “Knowing your Temptation” is realized of the concept of art poetical evening.
The exhibition will be open until 29 October.
The group exhibition “LitArt” opening was held at the unique old Russian styled palace of Camille Depre on September 29th. The exposition titled “Knowing your Temptation” consists of Olga Lomaka`s series of works “The Mind Parasites” and twin-brothers Tvorogov’s works. How it was planned by curators of the project — fine art and classical literature collide with each other to wake all range of hidden feelings inside a human and to transfer the audience to spiritual world of the great Russian poets like Brodskiy, Mayakovskiy, Ahmatova, Pasternak, etc.
Olga graduated from Camberwell College of Arts with BA in Painting this summer. A new project «Artefacts» by Olga Lomaka has been unveiled at the popular among contemporary art aesthetes Degree Show that annually attracts a huge audience.
Sculptures of the main Buddhist philosophy symbol which carry incredible energy and harmony have inspired Olga for new body of work. For thousands of years, the image of the Buddha became an artefact of culture and the eastern part of the art world, absorbing the experience of generations and human values. The temple complex of Borobudur in Java Island can be regarded as the apotheosis of the architectural expression for Buddha path to enlightenment, where the artist made the first sketches for future works.
The basis of the artwork is carved into wooden panels using an ancient woodcarving technique that took about a year to acquire. By adding provocative symbols of the new generation, information globalization and the “consumer society”, specially made in contrasting fashion shiny aluminium signs to the classic image of the Buddha, the author emphasizes the main idea of her works — connection between true spiritual values and cultural symbols of post-modernism integrated into all spheres of life. Olga Lomaka raises important questions for the future evolution of humanity in her characteristic manner of ironic kitsch.
First works of the “Artefacts” series Olga Lomaka released at the Summer Degree Show in Camberwell College of Arts. The Board of Examiners and art critics have appreciated the project. In the autumn the presentation of entire series of works will take place in London, also the author plans to present the project in Paris, Moscow and Kiev.
Recently there has been a personal exhibition of paintings by the British artist Olga Lomaka called The Mind Parasites. It has gathered the whole Kyiv cultured society in the М17 gallery.
Olga Lomaka’s creative idea is revealed in her every canvas due to the main characters involved — “viruses”, “programmes”, and “parasites”, which symbolize our hidden desires, fears, and other people’s opinions that wander in the mind-forest among our thoughts growing there like trees. The project intends to draw audience’s attention to the fact that it is necessary for our mind to get rid of all superfluous things and things preventing every person from moving ahead to reach their dream.
Distinguished celebrities, modern art lovers, and glossy media representatives walked the symbolic black carpet. Guests included Masha Tsukanova (Editor-in-chief of Vogue Ukraine), Katya Osadchaya (TV presenter), Dmitriy Slosser (Collector), Alyona Lavrenyuk, Vitaliy and Elena Reva, Aleksandra Oleynik (Fashion editor), Andrey Kravchuk, Valera Topal, Dmitriy Stupka, Yana Klochkova, Slava Solomka, to name but a few. When the main heroine Olga Lomaka appeared accompanied by charming Sophie Ellis-Bextor, it generated a buzz. The British singer is artist’s longtime friend and a fan of her works.
Having got inside the gallery, guests immediately found themselves in the symbolic forest where they could discard conventionalities and walk on real grass. According to artist’s design, paintings had been put on the walls in a chaotic manner, which created the environment of a creative intellectual forest with the effect of a clearing in the center of the room. Having heard an imaginary call from a young girl painted on a canvas, one can dare to go to the birch woods or get lost inside the dark dense forest and succumb to tricks played on them by their own mind and British actor Jude Law. You can get entangled in a whirlpool of a bush that looks like seaweeds if you try to escape from doubts tearing your mind apart, just like Anna Dello Russo did. Or you can confront your hidden desires on a symbolic boxing ring situated upon a pink fringe of the forest, like Hugh Hefner did.
Presentation of an image-building video dedicated to a clothing line launched under OLGA LOMAKA brand came as a special surprise. The debut collection of sweatshirts was presented to Kyiv audience as an art performance. The most vivid characters from the paintings came to life on models that treaded the catwalk going along the green lawn.
The lookbook shooting for the new collection of sweatshirts containing the prints of Olga Lomaka’s paintings recently occurred. The main heroes of the shooting were vivid images of “The Mind Parasites.” The artist transferred the most daring, interesting, and popular figures to the fabric. Deep black, pure white, and defiant red colors supplemented each of the “parasites” focusing on its essence.
The concept of the lookbook is based upon monochromaticism which emphasizes the man himself, highlighting the main character of the painting. The artist’s main idea is that art can be more affordable and should not be confined to the walls of a museum or gallery. People act as carriers of artistic value, showing their opinions and emphasizing the authenticity of their choices.
The shooting occurred in K-Loft studios. In addition, the backstage of this event was covered by the World Fashion Channel. The representatives of the channel paid a special visit to the studio in order to speak with the artist, Olga Lomaka, and to discover the hottest details regarding her collection.
In a recent episode of “ART&Fashion with Olga Lomaka” Olga places the spotlight on the exhibition titled “Savage Beauty” by the talented rebel of the fashion world, the flamboyant designer Alexander McQueen, who created drama and fantasy with each runway show and design!
First held in 2011 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the exhibition was a monumental success. While organizers have kept secret the future of the exhibition until now, pieces by the renowned British designer will finally return home to be presented to millions of fans and admirers at The Victoria and Albert Museum.
A collection of never-before-seen apparel and accessories has been added to the exposition. At present, there are more than 100 garments, covering the entire creative portfolio of the couturier from his 1992 Master of Arts graduation collection to his unfinished Fall/Winter 2010 collection. McQueen’s courage, artistic ingenuity and extraordinary view on haute couture allowed him to create true masterpieces by fusing futuristic and Victorian Gothic themes with non-typical materials, making his designs truly spectacular.
In her new show, Lomaka presents her own view of McQueen’s works and style, highlighting the designer’s theatrical costumes and unforgettable runway shows. She also uncovers interesting details about the exhibition in her interview with Clair Wilcox, curator of The Victoria and Albert Museum.
The show brings together the works of two of the fashion world’s greatest designers – Yves Saint Laurent and Halston, both of whom defined the trends of the ultra sexy and glamorous 1970s disco movement.
For the first time, the designers’ creations are presented together in one exhibition that juxtaposes their work and analyzes how each dealt with similar themes and aesthetics.
Both couturiers are equally represented with approximately 80 ensembles and 20 accessories, arranged thematically in an environment designed to evoke the style of this dynamic era in our fashion history.
For Saint Laurent, it was a period of feminine Belle Epoque creations, with iconic looks influenced by menswear and bright ethnic motifs from African and Asian countries. In the same timeframe, Halston created elegant and minimalistic designs for the celebrity jetset, including Elizabeth Taylor, Lisa Minnelli and Bianca Jagger. While their creative works never actually crossed, the show offers an opportunity to observe the era’s trends, which became the leading motivation in each designer’s collections.
In the program, Lomaka also interviews curator Patricia Mears, who provides a unique insight and perspective on the legendary artists and their work during the disco era.
Tune into the latest episode «ART&Fashion with Olga Lomaka»!
A gala night devoted to the opening ceremony of The Mind Parasites exhibition by fashion artist Olga Lomaka took place at Erarta Gallery on January 29. Connoisseurs of modern art and fans of the young, yet acknowledged by the cultural community British artist gathered in the town centre of Bohemian London — Mayfair.
The art series comprising twelve paintings is permeated with the same imaginative allegory, wherein the mind of a modern person is represented as wood with growing conceptions symbolized by trees and polluted by needless and obstructive stereotypes and angst — the parasites personified by the paintings characters.
The creative works arranged within the art space of the gallery introduced a theatrical atmosphere to this exhibition. Each of the characters depicted by Olga Lomaka urged viewers’ self-talks unraveling latent fears and desires hid in their minds.
Close friends and representatives of the London beau-monde joined this event to compliment the artist on the presentation of her new project The Mind Parasites. Well-known English art critic Edward Lucie-Smith, fashion blogger and model Prince Cassius, Judy Bentinck, Duchess of Portland, designer Katya Gamlin Pitchkhadze were among the visitors. Victoria Modesta, a pop-star of the British music scene, became a special guest. The singer of sensational single Prototype would not hide her positive impressions and was glad to step into shoes of one of the paintings personages dropping a delicate hint to the author about her willingness to become a «prototype» for a new coming masterpiece.
Appearance of Anthony Fawcett renowned for his collaboration with Andy Warhol and John Lennon also stirred the audience. Being interested in Olga’s works, Mr. Fawcett commented on them distinguishing the artist’s creative works as a whiff of fresh air within the contemporary art.
Among the guests were London collectors of modern art, businessmen, heads of design companies, heads of interior designer firms, pressmen, art and fashion bloggers, as well as representatives of London jeunesse doree.
After London, the art project will pull anchor and set sail for the world tour. The exhibition will be also held in Moscow, Kiev, Paris, Zürich, Milan, Brugge, and New York.
A retrospective exhibition of Jeff Koons, a brilliant American artist, whose works are already regarded as modern art classics, is taking place Centre Pompidou, Paris. The fantastic exhibition atmosphere creates inexpressible extravaganza of emotions leaving no visitor unaffected by his offbeat creative work.
Art expert Olga Lomaka had a first-hand conversation with Bernard Blistène, Director of the Museum of Modern Art supervising the exhibition and tried to unravel the recipe for success of the sculptural kitsch master.
So far, Jeff Koons is the most renowned neo-pop artist. His outstanding works gathered under the roof of the Museum of Modern Art and occupying most of the rooms amaze with both scale and subjects represented at the exhibition. The fusion of exaggerated-size items and implementation simplicity makes one give a thought to the grandiosity of the author’s mind. One of them is Hanging Heart made of metal and half a ton in weight; the sculpture fascinates viewers with its lightness and reverence. Another is the pink Balloon Dog — the simplest and most touching reminder of happy childhood moments.
The fascinating journey to the modern interpretation of Gargantua and Pantagruel made by Olga Lomaka in her coverage boggles the imagination by its magnitude and range of colors. See the new release of ART&Fashion with Olga Lomaka!
On December 23rd, the Fashion TV channel award ceremony was held at the plush, Ritz-Carlton Moscow hotel. The cherished crystal in the Best Arts Show 2014 category was awarded to Olga Lomaka, a fashion and art expert, and to her show, Art and Fashion with Olga Lomaka.
Before the winter holidays, the Fashion TV channel traditionally finalized the outgoing year by awarding the best and outstanding representatives of the fashion industry for individual contribution to the development and popularization of fashion in Russia and abroad. Famous designers, senior editors of fashionable magazines, show business celebrities, representatives of the business elite, and icons of the fashion industry were among the prize winners. Artist Olga Lomaka received her Fashion New Year Awards 2015 prize for covering the most prominent events of contemporary art and exciting cultural activities around the globe. Her private judgment regarding topical issues of the art world, exclusive materials from outstanding and significant exhibitions, interviews with iconic figures in the world of art and fashion were recognized by the professional association and awarded with a crystal from the Fashion TV channel.
The exhibition included works in the field of painting, graphic arts, calligraphy, architecture, and art-installations by more than fifty creators, both from Russia and abroad, who graduated from MGIMO at different times. Olga Lomaka presented two works for the exhibition from the SOS.OK series - Enlightened Punk and the Orange Recycling Bag - which perfectly reflected the exhibition theme: sharing your outlook through creativity.
These works reflected the artist’s view of society and its problems, including a particular view of the ambient, as well as, a perception of life’s beauty. The exhibition concept demonstrated visual contemplation. The MGIMO buildings emphasized the role of art as the main language in which to share emotions, feelings, and the artist’s intention that requires no understanding or translation by any open-minded person.
It sounds improbable, but it will be the first major exhibition for Hubert de Givenchy covering the entire period of his creative work. Givenchy personally selected the apparel for this exhibition, many of which had belonged to private collections. Visitors will be able to see the noted dresses of Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany’s among the displayed apparel. Most works of the glorious couturier are inspired by the pictorial art of the 17th through 20th centuries.
To indicate the interrelation between paintings and designer’s works, pictures from the museum’s collection will also be displayed at the exhibition. The World Fashion TV channel jointly with the ART & Fashion with Olga Lomaka project will present an exclusive interview of Hubert de Givenchy. The famous couturier will discuss the exhibition; his creative development; share stories about creating the iconic dresses for movies and choreography shows; and discuss his cooperation with other legendary designers
This time Olga goes to Madrid together with the audience of the World Fashion channel. As part of her original TV program, ART & Fashion with Olga Lomaka, the artist visits the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza National Art Gallery. This gallery was the largest private picture gallery in the world (along with the British Monarch Collection) up until 1993.
The art expert is going to visit the Pop Art Myths Exhibition which uncovers the gentle but strong message of ‘values’ hidden in the iconic images created by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney, and others. The TV audience is welcomed to witness some rare masterpieces of Pop Art trendsetters and find out the history of artworks involved in the Pop Art Myths Exhibition. The exclusive interview by Olga Lomaka on the World Fashion channel with the exhibition leader, Marta Ruiz, will give you a deeper insight into this form of modern art.
Another exciting journey is to the capital of Italy, Rome where the exhibition of Frida Kahlo, the mysterious and passionate Mexican artist, takes place.
Together with Olga Lomaka, the WFC audience visited the Papal Stables Museum, Scuderie Del Quirinale, and witnessed 110 most noted works by Frida which were presented in the best museums and private collections of Europe, United States, and Mexico, regarding Frida’s contemporary surrealism artists. “The artist’s job is to be a witness to his time in history,” said Robert Rauschenberg. “This will be a real personal trip for me as a pop art and surrealism artist, and I hope you will validate the era of Pop Culture as I do. Ready? Let’s go then! Olga Lomaka is your guide to the world of art.”
The Annual Summer Exhibition 2014 at the Royal Academy of Arts is a grand event of the art world. It is considered to be one of the oldest art exhibitions that began its Summer Exhibition program over two centuries ago. A unique feature of this event is that artists have an opportunity to participate and present their works of art, as well as, to contribute a symbolic payment. Applications are accepted in order to participate in the exhibition which consists of different types of art work including paintings, sculptures, architectural models, photos, and more recently, video arts.
After the Commission of the Royal Academy of Arts considers the work of all the candidates, the best candidates will be chosen to take part in the art show in which they will exhibit their art work near the exhibits of other most famous and influential artists. This year, the Academy has received about 12,000 applications for participation in the Summer Exhibition 2014. The exposition of 2014 will be held from June 9 to August 17. You can watch the program on the World Fashion Channel and see Fashion & Art with Olga Lomaka regarding this exhibition.
The annual ceremony of the “Aurora European Awards” was held on May 27th. Nominates were chosen by the most popular vote. For nominates, the cherished crystal statute award represented a proof of general recognition for their achievements in the field of beauty and art.
Olga Lomaka received the "Best Artist of the Year” award from the “Aurora European Awards.” In addition, an exposition of three paintings of the “SOS.OK” project was exhibited as a part of the ceremony.
Establishment, community, and individual; each feeds into the other to create a societal cycle; a functioning world based on the ongoing responses of one party to the other. Each perceives, produces, and in turn, is interpreted by the rest whereby the cycle will begin again. Everything is circular and as a branch of society, artists represent this cycle. They extract from reality and concentrate it, projecting new perspectives through an observational space which creates a chain of new interpretations. Confident in their exposures of opinion and seemingly comprehending of the surrounding world, they were able to elevate themselves and their work, building upon a background of artistic traditions in order to immerse the viewer with grand notions of value.
Featuring the works of six paintings from students in Camberwell College of Arts (University of the Arts London), the exhibition showed a mixture of drawing, painting, and sculpture exploring the role that hierarchy plays in politics and society. The contrasting works looked at different aspects within this concept that governs our interaction with people and our individual lives. As a transitory exhibition, “CIRCULAR” attempted to question authoritative capacities through the permanence and intensity of experience. Therefore, all values were open for interpretation. When this exhibition ended, with life simply continuing onward; the participants resumed to their everyday routines. Only in their individual power — conscious or otherwise — will they have extracted from their momentary participation, and input into such routines in order to continue the cycle and progress into the rapid movements of society.
This award represented the Crystal Statuette and Diploma. This annual award was founded four years ago by the Kernel Group Agency. It is considered to be one of the most anticipated and prestigious events in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The "Top 25 Diamond Companies & Persons" award counts as proof of general recognition in the achievements of companies and individual professionals that work in various industries including fashion, art, culture, entertainment, press & media, PR, real estate, design, and architecture.
This private event was held on April 2nd at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, prior to a public exhibition devoted to the Italian designers’ success during the past seventy years. Among the guests invited were Valentino Gavani, Domenico Dolce, Stefano Gabbana, Franca Sozzani, Elizabeth Hurley, Eva Herzigova, Tom Ford, Poppy Delevingne, Naomi Campbell, and many other British and international celebrities.
During the event, Olga Lomaka produced her own program, “Art & Fashion” for the “World Fashion Channel Europe.” Olga’s interview with Sonnet Stanfill, the curator of, “The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014,” is the centerpiece of the program. The exhibition displays numerous examples of Italian fashion craftsmanship from the end of World War II to the present. There are more than one hundred sets of clothes and accessories by leading Italian fashion houses including Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Missoni, Prada, Pucci, Valentino, Versace, and others.
“Parasites of Consciousness” (oil on canvas, 150×150 cm), a new work created by famous Russian artist, Olga Lomaka, was presented here. This work was used by the artist to announce her upcoming new exhibition with the same name “Parasites of Consciousness.” This exhibition will be held this spring in Moscow. It will then be displayed for all fans of high art in the best world galleries throughout Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, England, United States, France, Italy, and Turkey.
This series of paintings is about the unusual characters strolling through the forest. Each work looks like an element of a psychological thriller and affects the mind of the viewer, striking the most intimate sanctuary of the universe — people`s thoughts. Penetrating into the conscious and the unconscious parts of our mind, each work from this collection of new paintings is responsible for answering the eternal question of mankind — where our feelings of fear, loneliness, sadness, pride, joy, faith, and sentimentality come from. Olga Lomaka illustrates this via her own feelings and attitudes. Each of the senses is represented in a non-standard format for art with the help of psychology and spirituality, and of course, guided by her unique experiences.
Olga Lomaka was born in Moscow and currently resides and works in London. Olga completed painting courses at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Loyola University. Today, she is studying painting at Camberwell College of Art in London. The exhibition includes nineteen paintings and one installation. A large number of Kiev VIP guests, celebrities, and politicians attended this event including George and Anna Shevardnadze, Alena Bettyar, Asya Mkhitaryan, Eugenia Gubskaya, Svetlana Bevza, Jana Yugaj, Irina Turbaevskaya, Natalia Vetvitckaya, Katerina Osadcha, Ulyana Boyko, Julia Bogdan, Anastasia Slichnaya, Irina Chempion, and others.
Moscow friends and admirers of Olga Lomaka — among them, actress Oksana Fandera, designer Igor Chapurin, fashion expert Oleg Tarnopolskiy — came to support the artist. “The full acceptance of yourself, your body, your sexuality is a necessary condition for a harmonious and happy existence. For me, the female breast and nipple have become a symbol of this existence. The nipple for me is the epicenter of a woman’s sensuality and sexuality. Both are the mysterious parts of our body; they give us life and enjoyment, they awake our desire,” Olga says about her work.
Fisher Island Club is one of the world’s most exclusive private island communities located off the tip of Miami Beach. It is currently celebrating the completion of a six-year, $60-million renovation to the historic Vanderbilt Mansion, as well as, the addition of club amenities with a splendid, vintage-themed gala event.
With the support of the famed French jeweler, Maison,Van Cleef & Arpels, as the title sponsor, the party paid homage to the island’s storied past, which began when Indianapolis Speedway founder, Carl Fisher, traded the island for a yacht owned by railroad tycoon, William K. Vanderbilt, featuring a striking array of 1930s and 1940s-era opulence. The event transported Fisher Island Club Equity Members to the Vanderbilt’s glory days, when the family lavishly entertained luminaries. Guests were dazzled by vintage glamour and elegance, including a vintage car showcase featuring restored, collectible vehicles from the ’20s, ’30s, and ’40s; models bejeweled by Van Cleef & Arpels; a synchronized swimming show; and more.
On August 25, 2013, artist, Olga Lomaka, presented one of her paintings for a charity auction event during the Russian Diamond Ball. This charity event was held in the luxurious Le Sporting Salle Des Etoles in Monaco. A large number of celebrities and philanthropists attended this event including IrinaTchaikovskaya, Bozena Rynska, Milana Koroleva, Victoria Shamis, and others. All guests gathered not only to celebrate the end of high-society season but to take part in the charity auction.
All money raised went to support the Children Charity Fund established by Oxana Fedorova. Artist, Olga Lomaka, presented her painting, “Boy’s Toy,” at this charity auction. Guests danced all night to Haddaway hits. The highlight of the evening was when famous illusionist, Danny Larry, emptied the jacket pockets of famous football player, Dmitriy Sennikov. After the event, all the guests visited Jimmy’s club.
That evening, after a cocktail reception in the famous hotel, Hôtel de Paris, invited guests visited the Salle Garnier of the Opera de Monte-Carlo, where the main auction was held. A total of sixteen auction lots were presented. They created an elegant and imaginary story of a couple in love; traveling around Monaco. This year, the organizers of this event were inspired by Monaco itself, its tradition of philanthropy, and its strong cultural ties with Russia.
The most memorable charity lots were — a week internship with fashion guru, Karl Lagerfeld, at the legendary fashion house, Chanel; a private tennis lesson with Rafael Nadal; private tea with Prince Albert; and many other unusual items. Among the guests of the Love Ball Riviera 2013 were Olga Lomaka, Mario Testino, Polly Morgan, Irina Jovovich, Derek Blasberg, Novak Djokovic, Bono, Antoine Arnault, Lana Prince, Ulyana Sergeenko, Karl Lagerfeld, Margherita Missoni, Harvey Weinstein, Milana Koroleva, and many others. Moreover, famous artist, Olga Lomaka, who currently lives and works in London, not only attended the event, but also had preliminary talks on the possibility of presenting one of her works for the future auction event, the 5th anniversary event of Love Ball 2014. Olga is a professional artist. She is a graduate of Central Saint Martins College of Art, as well as, Loyola University. Currently, she is studying painting at Camberwell College of Art in London. Her works were exhibited in London, Paris, Moscow, and Chicago. They are the part of collections found in the 25 Kadrr Gallery; Loyola University Collection; as well as, private collections in Russia and abroad. According to Olga, “I really like Natalia’ s work, her professional approach, her dedication, her caring for those who are in need of help and attention during difficult times — all of it is worthy of respect! It is definitely this atmosphere that has pushed me to the point where I would paint a picture that I hope would be included in one of the lots in a charity auction next year. I feel that this work would come alive with all my love and energy inspired by Natalia. I am sure it will bring good luck to the person who will own it. This will be my small contribution to help those in need.”
On June 27th, the annual Fashion Summer Awards 2013, one of the most anticipated events of the summer, was held at the luxurious Royal Bar summer terrace, according to the television channel, Fashion TV.
The best winners were: Trendsetter of Fashion World — Igor Chapurin / Fashion Model of the Year — Irina Jovovich / Best Men’s Collection — Dmitry Loginov / Fashion Artist of the Year — Olga Lomaka / Best Women’s Collection — Oleg Ovsiev / VIVA VOX collection autumn-winter 2013/2014 Miss Fashion TV — Lana Princ / Fashion Song of the Year — 40 degrees by Svetlana Loboda / Best Brand of Lingerie and Swimwear — INCANTO Fashion Project of the Year — Supermodel contest, Renaissance modeling agency Fashion Hotel of the Year — Rixos Premium Belek / Best Collection of Jewelry — Eugene Linovich and Oksana / On Innovation in the field of Beauty — Glent beauty salon / Best PR Agency — Ekaterina Odintsova / PR Trend Fashion Businessman of the Year — Mikhail Kuchment (Hoff) / For the Stability of the Fashion World — Anna Direchina / Discovery of the Year — and Maria Golubeva / Designer of the Year.
The exhibition of Olga Lomaka opened in the Moscow Zeppelin Gallery at the Novinsky Passage. The artist presented her SOS.OK project which included seventeen paintings and one installation. Many celebrities came to the event to congratulate Olga Lomaka on her debut.
Everyone was invited to see her creative works until June 30. Guests included Inna Malikova, Dasha Gauzer, Alexander Yudin, Dmitri Olenin, Armen Yeritsyan, Inna Ginkevich, Slava Nikitin, Oleg Tarnopolsky, Masha Tsigal, Milana Koroleva, Gabriella, Olga Rodionova-Lepinskih, Ida Lolo, Alexei Kiselyov, and many others. Olga Lomaka explained the exposition: “I think SOS.OK is an epicenter of a woman’s sensual art erotica. My paintings were created during my deep self-knowledge, self-acceptance, and development of self-love. The full acceptance of yourself, your body, and your sexuality are a necessary condition for a harmonious and happy existence.” The female breast became the symbol of the exhibition. The event was held in a warm and informal atmosphere. All guests enjoyed the paintings, as well as, a DJ set from Natalie Turovnikova. After the opening ceremony, guests visited the Kisa bar. The exhibition will be presented in the Zeppelin Gallery until June 30.