Through the improvisational process Olea Nova explores her sense of non-objective form. Beauty, harmony and improvisation are of concern in Olea Nova’s work. Olea's intent is for each work to have its own actuality, and focus is on the human perception through the interaction of lines, sounds and color, while simultaneously keeping to the improvisational mode of working and leaving the content open for multiple cultural readings.


Olea Nova is a visual artist and composer working in Chicago. She was born in Leningrad, Russia and is a graduate of the University of Humanities and Social Sciences in St. Petersburg, Russia and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her body of work encompasses painting, drawing, printmaking, video and sound.



2018   Mana Professional: Miami Residency 2018, Mana Contemporary Miami, Miami, FL

2018   Angie Glaser. Interview. “Piercing Conflict” Captures The Pain and Disruption of Migraine.

2017   Open Studios, Displaying new work (paintings and sound), Mana Contemporary Chicago, Chicago, IL

2016   Nature, Performing “Dystopia,” Slate Arts and Performance, Chicago, IL

2015   Group Show Artists at Mana Contemporary Jan. 1st – Dec. 31st 2015,

2014   Olea Nova – Spontaneous Dialogue | The COMP Magazine

2013   MoMA PopRally, Abstract Currents: An Interactive Video Event in conjunction with the exhibitions Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925, New York, NY

International Women Associates (IWA), Chicago, IL. Presentation: “Russian Icon Painting Revisited.” History of Russian painting from medieval icon to abstraction. March 2013
2010   "Summer Sounds: One Minute Film Festival," Screening video: "The New Beginning", The Art Institute of Chicago, Modern Wing, Chicago, IL
Coalesse, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL NeoCon 2010
2003   National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) 24th Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana. Session title: Art as Activism in Women’s Studies. Presenting “Silent Witness Project” completed at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. June 2003

Art & Pain: Migraine, The Tapestry magazine, October 2003
2002   "Piercing Conflict," solo exhibition at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL

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