Olga Okuneva and Fedor Rozovskiy.RCSC
Indian Member of Parliament and former Ambassador Pavan K Varma inaugurated an Exhibition of Art Works by Honoured Artist of Russia Olga Okuneva at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) on December 4, 2015. The exhibition, dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the RCSC in New Delhi, will be on view for the general public till December 14, 2015. Varma, Chief Guest for the event, also released a book “Olga Okuneva: Painting Graphics” on the occasion.
Among those who attended the inaugural function were Ramadhikari Kumar, President, INDAPRYAL, Vimal Mehta, Hon. Secretary, Citizens’ Film Forum, Fedor Rozovskiy, Director, RCSC and Nana M. Mgeladze, Counsellor, Russian Embassy.
Describing the art works as brilliant, Varma traced his long association with the artist from his tenure in Moscow as head of the Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Centre. He recalled Okuneve’s consistent efforts, commitment and dedication as a painter, graphic artist and book illustrator and underscored the artist’s sensibility to grasp detailed aspects of Indian mythology and scriptures.
Welcoming the gathering of artists, art-lovers, critics, compatriots, students and media persons, Rozozskiy lauded Okuneva’s work as a spiritual synthesis of artistic tradition and cultural heritage.
Born in Otradny, Kyibishevskaya (Samara) Region, Olga Vasilyevna Okuneva attended the Orenburg College of Arts from 1976 to 1980 and studied at Kharkov State Academy of Design and Arts from 1982 to 1987. In 1990, she joined the Artists’ Union of the Russian Federation. In 1998, she was awarded the high government distinction “Honoured Artist of Russia”. She is the force behind a number of large-scale project exhibitions such as ‘Samyatra’, The Way to the Ocean, Mahabharata, and others, turned into great international cultural events.
Olga Okuneva is deep in the mystery of integration of colours, textures and lines, and she is concentrated on the pursuit of her own truth and revelations. Having attained freedom of self-expression, mastering various techniques and materials, she remains true to herself, to her images to her pictorial work-view, which is marked with very great creative strength of mind. Olga Okuneva participated in many international art and cultural projects across the world: Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Netherlands, Spain and USA. She is close to the minds and hearts of Indian people, having visited the country often and demonstrated her solo and group exhibitions in different parts of India.
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