Olya Krasavina is a Russian born American Canadian Jewish watercolour artist. She started painting in 7th grade while studying anatomy in Moscow, Russia. It was through these early experiences Olya developed a love for line and form.

After high school, her family immigrated as refugees to the United States where Olya studied at the Art Institute of Philadelphia to become a Graphic Designer. Later, Olya moved to New York city and worked as a fashion graphic designer for many years for companies such as Victoria Secret, Sesame street and Champion.

Through the years, Olya kept painting, taking courses at the art centers in every city she lived in and participated in group exhibitions. Her first solo exhibition happened in 2016 (just one year after Olya quit her graphic design life to become a full time artist).

Olya’s work is a mix of creativity, imagination, geometry and a bit of a comic relief. Since moving to Montreal, many of her paintings use a lot of orange accents to show the true colours of the city.

Olya’s hope in sharing her art with the world is that others will be inspired to find space in their lives for art and creativity. Olya also teaches watercolour workshops.

2017-2020 – Created and taught “Painting Montreal” workshops at the Marche Des Eclusiers, Old Port, Montreal, QC

2017 – March – Live Painting at the Montreal Science Center Foundation Fundraising dinner

2016 – July – September, “MAGNIFIQUE CON(E)STRUCTION” at Sofitel Hotel, Montreal, QC

2015 – December, Holiday Craft sale, St.Henri, Montreal, QC

2015 – November, “Square Affair”, Mclure Gallery, Montreal, QC

2015 – October 20, RAW MERGE, Trocadero Theater, Philadelphia, PA

2015 – August 13 – 30, Possible Dimensions exhibit, C.O.A. gallery, Montreal, QC

2015 – May 7th, EXPOSURE Raw Artists, Montreal, QC

2013 – Square Affair group show, McClure gallery, Montreal, QC

2011 – Unity Art Festival art fair, Calgary, AB

2010 – “Square Affair” group show, Fleisher museum,  Philadelphia, PA

2007 – “Distortion Arts” Group Show, Philadelphia, PA