Olea Nova is a visual artist and composer. In her practice she engages with diverse artistic strategies, mediums and techniques - oil painting on canvas, drawing, object making, video and sound. She composes for and plays piano and a variety of electronic instruments including Theremin and other analog synthesizers. To maintain a constant tension Olea Nova mixes strategies and techniques from different art forms.

For Olea Nova composing paintings and music are two parallel processes where articulation of space is one of the important aspects. She embraces dissonance and polyphony, focuses on vectors of movement and speed of sounds, that are tactile and spacious, through air and time. In her compositional processes she relies on the simple idea of arranging various materials within a larger compositional form that is changing over time. There is no narrative content in her work. By exploring her sense of non-objective form Olea Nova dematerializes objects and creates space that is non-referential.

Through form Olea Nova strives to give a sense of contemporaneity. She focuses 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.


2019 James Pollard. "Russian visual artist brings abstract exhibit to Evanston." The Daily Northwestern.

2019 "Olea Nova: Air." April 13 - May 24, 2019, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL

2018   Mana Professional Residency, Mana Contemporary, Miami, FL

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

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

2002  "Piercing Conflict," solo exhibition at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL

Through the years Olea Nova worked on several project prompted by her research, such as: games of chance in contemporary society, representation of migraines from verbal descriptions of headache sufferers, Silent Witness Project, conceptual diagrams of public spaces, and a video documentary ‘Go I know not where and bring back I know not what.’

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