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Olga was born in 1990 in Kyiv. She received primary art education at the Kyiv School of Arts named after MD Leontovich. Graduated from Kyiv National University of Technology and Design with a degree in clothing design.

Now Olga lives in the country in Kyiv region and works on Ukrainian traditional culture: its mystical rituals, beliefs, talismans, the extraordinary beauty of embroidered costumes and the richness of hats.

Her artworks are made by mixed digital techniques and stored in private collections in Ukraine, Canada, the United States and many more.

Born1990CityKyiv areaCatalogUART 2022Date of signingMarch, 2022

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions:
2016 “Soul of Ukraine”, Literary and Memorial Building-Museum of T. Shevchenko, Kyiv, Ukraine
2018 “Spiritual Heritage”, Art Hall of the Institute of Philology of Taras Shevchenko KNU, Kyiv, Ukraine
2019 “Spiritual Heritage” @ “Tree of Life” space, Kyiv
2019 “The Way to the Native”, Obukhiv People’s Art Center
2020 Exhibition at the US Embassy in Kyiv
2020 “The Way to the Native”, Boryspil State Historical Museum
2021 Exhibition at the National Bank of Ukraine
2022 “Autumn”, Chernihiv, Galagan Art Museum
2023 “Golden Rays”, UART, Kyiv, Sophia Kyivska

Group exhibitions:
2015 “Kyiv Day on Andriivskyi” within the framework of the TALENT ENERGY FEST festival, Andriivskyi Uzviz, Kyiv, Ukraine
2016 “Ridne”, hotel “Khreshchatyk”, Kyiv, Ukraine
2016 “The warmth of women’s hands”, art salon Byzantium, Kyiv, Ukraine
2016 Third All-Ukrainian Exhibition-Competition “Ukrainian art is the Best”, Center of Ukrainian Culture and Art, Kyiv, Ukraine
2016-2017 “A Christmas Tale”, Art Galleries, Kyiv
2017 “Best of the Best”, Sklo art space, Kyiv, Ukraine
2018 Diplomatic reception “Ukrainian Amazons”, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine
2018 “Nymph” Festival, Central Artist House, Kyiv
2019 “Nymph” Festival, Kyiv Planetarium, Kyiv
2021 “Soul of a Flower”, @ Sofia Kyivska, Kyiv
2022 “Brave art” by UART, La Pena Gallery, Austin, TX
2023 “Independence Day” by UART, Ukrainian Consulate in Texas, Houston, TX, USA

Publications:
Postcards, postcards for the soul
Poetry calendar for 2021, Women’s Studio “Inspiration”
Illustration in the book “Cooking in mourning, Evgenia Kuznetsova
A collection of fairy tales “The Storm of Fairy Tales”, Maria Soltys-Smirnova (Illustrations)
Collection of poems “Silver Web” by Vitalin Ganzin (Illustrations)

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    Source of inspiration

    Traditions of Ukrainian culture, many rites, superstitions, divination, and amulets – this is the part of our heritage that inspires to create a unique system of images, which can be recreated by the passion for ancestral culture and emphasize its significant role in modern Ukrainian life.

     

    Red color meaning

    The primary color of her artwork is red. She chose it because it is used the most in Ukrainian embroidery and is generally associated with Ukrainian culture. The background in the paintings is contrasting but simultaneously resonates with the colors of national clothes. Olya prefers yellow shades in the background, which gives a feeling of sun and warmth. Red and yellow are her favorite combinations. They are the warmest colors in the spectrum, so mostly in her works, faces and hands are depicted this way.

    Proportions

    When creating images, Haydamaka breaks the proportions and plays with the volumes. Traditional Ukrainian costumes fascinate with their extraordinary beauty, colors, and richness, so she wants to emphasize this and portray them bigger. The voluminous hats and sleeves with embroidery look calm and majestic. In the massive sleeves, it is as if some mysterious force is concentrated and includes the whole world.

    Olga Haydamaka
    Olya Haydamaka — “The soul of the meadow”

    "Our spiritual culture is rich in traditions, divination, and charms. It’s a large part of the Ukrainian spiritual heritage, which awakens the genetic memory of the ancient faith in the souls of Ukrainians. In my paintings, I tried to convey my love and admiration for the spiritual culture of our ancestors, which was primarily aimed at harmonizing soul and body, man and the cosmos."
    Olga Haydamaka
    Olya Haydamaka
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