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


Olea Nova explores her sense of non-objective form.  Artwork for her is a self-referential performative social object conceptualized and made by the artist. 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.


Selected Exhibitions/Screenings

*indicate one-person exhibitions

2015   Group Show Artists at Mana Contemporary Jan. 1st – Dec. 31st 2015, https://www.artsy.net/artist/olea-nova

2013   MoMA PopRally, Abstract Currents: An Interactive Video Event in conjunction with the exhibitions Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925, New York, NY
2012   "MODULAR22," 22, Berwyn IL
MDW Fair, Chicago, IL
2011   The School of the Art Institute of Chicago/Leapfrog Online, Evanston, IL
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
2009  "New Approaches: Four Exhibitions of Current Work," Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL
NSUSA/SAIC Art Appreciation Program, Nippon Steel U.S.A., Chicago, IL
2007   "Peace Tower," Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
Pulp, Press and Print for Democracy Portfolio Exchange, Bedford Art Gallery, Longwood University, Farmville, VA
2006  "Peace & Justice," Sponsored by World Can't Wait, Chicago, IL
2004   * First Street Playhouse, Batavia, IL
2003   *Silent Witness Project, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, WI
Headache Management Seminar, Sponsored by AstraZeneca through an unrestricted educational grant
2002   "Shoes the Sole of Humanity," John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI
Wisconsin Department of Administration, Madison, WI
*"Piercing Conflict," Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL
2001   University of Wisconsin Annual State Art Exhibition, Madison, WI
*University of Chicago Great Lakes Center, Health in the Arts Gallery, Chicago, IL

Grants and Awards

2008   Nippon Steel U.S.A.  Award, NSUSA/SAIC Art Appreciation Program
2005   CAAP Grant, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
2003   Headache Management Seminar, Sponsored by AstraZeneca through an unrestricted educational grant
2001   State Exhibit Award, Wisconsin Regional Art Program
1999   University of Wisconsin La Crosse Foundation, Inc


Olea Nova – Spontaneous Dialogue | The COMP Magazine, 2014
"Migraine art sur Internet"Al'Mots, Paris: MEDI-TEXT Editions, Sept. 2010
Cover, Footlights, Chicago: Marcus Promotions, Inc. February/March 2007
Cover, Northeast Florida Medicine, Jacksonville: Academy of Medicine, June 2005
“Artist Olea Nova Captures Migraine Symptoms in Watercolor”,  Northeast Florida Medicine, Ed. Timothy L. Steinberg,  June 2005
Nova, Olea, Interview, B! Entertainment, BATV, February 4-6, 2004
Art & Pain: Migraine
, The Tapestry magazine, October 2003
Domnie, Mary,  “Artist Profile: Olea Nova”,  The Tapestry Magazine, May 2003
Phillips, Renee,  Presentation Power Tools for Fine Artists. p 97 New York: Manhattan Arts International 2002
Chicago Reader, Section Two, May 17, 2002
Lynch, Kevin, “Mirroring Migraines”,  The Capital Times, March 20, 2002
Chicago Reader, Section Two, August 17, 2001


Nova, O. (2002). "Piercing Conflict" (Catalog for an exhibit of paintings held 5/17/2002-6/28/2002; The Chicago School of Professional Psychology). Chicago: Olea Nova Studio.
Nova, Olea, “The Silent Witness National Initiative and Silent Witness College Program, ”The Tapestry Magazine, May 2003
1994 “Distinctions of Baltic People’s National Psychology”, St. Petersburg University of Humanities and Social Sciences, Russia, The Multinational Petersburg, Issue 1.


March 2013, International Women Associates (IWA), Chicago, IL. Presentation: “Russian Icon Painting Revisited.” History of Russian painting from medieval icon to abstraction.

June 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.


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