Olga Lomaka is exhibiting worldwide with regular participation in global art-fairs and biennales. This year her new series titled ‘Pink Magic’ was included in Grayson Perry-curated Royal Academy Summer Exhibition featuring in The Sunday Times and The Guardian. ‘Pink Magic’ editions is being released by notorious print studio Jealous London, earmarked for Basel Miami. In October 2016, Lomaka presented a new series dedicated to the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II in her solo show “Artefacts” at the Saatchi Gallery, London.
Olga’s remarkable personal style is instantly recognisable, enticing the viewer in with the concrete and the abstract, the familiar and the unknown. The work brings light to issues that concern us all – of the world order, the flaws of modernity and the psychology of human consciousness. By viewing them through the prism of pop-art, fascinating parallels and insights are brought into a visual form, unveiling their symbolic and broader meaning.
The artist’s primary features are to play with recognisable images and products of consumerism, pooling together contrasting beliefs, which give a second meaning to hidden symbols and use unusual colour pallets. Lomaka’s sophisticated eye for the unordinary in everyday life allows her to truly reveal spiritual and social themes and concerns. Threads of what we consider reality, along with hidden dimensions of consciousness and possibility, weave their way through.
The artist is constantly experimenting with new techniques, carving and aerography, mixing traditional materials and modern media. Her interests are not limited to painting alone and include installations, relief sculpture and free standing sculpture.
In 2002, Lomaka completed a painting course at Loyola University Chicago (USA). A decade later, she continued her education in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins. In 2015, Lomaka graduated with BA in Painting from Camberwell College of Arts.
Sculpture titled “MOSCREAM” was created in the form of a favorite by the Muscovites a glass of ice cream. In her work, Olga Lomaka mixes the image of the dome, the “bulb”, traditional for Russian architecture, with a modern type of ice cream. This visual connection between the shape of the dome of the most recognizable building of Moscow – the Cathedral of St. Basil the Blessed – and the main summer delicacy through the prism of pop-art style symbolizes the true values of society, the spiritual culture that needs to be preserved and protected, despite the trends of the consumption era. The artist emphasizes that even in the most everyday and ordinary subjects, everyone sees, first of all, what he or she wants to see.
For the first time Pop art work adorned the courtyard of the museum and exhibition center of the Museum of Moscow, which is one of the most visited in the Russian capital. And it is the sculpture of “MOSCREAM”, as a kind of visiting card, which unites all the most interesting and tasty things that are in Moscow. And during the 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM, the sculpture became the embodiment of a dream, crossing the verge of reality into the surreal world of MOSDREAM, which presented this sporting holiday to all residents and guests of the city.