Olea Nova is a visual artist and composer of abstract non-objective works. Her compositions, as metaphors for contemporary life, stem from extended experimentation, improvisation and a dialog with the history of abstraction.

Creating a succession of visual or sonic sensations Olea Nova explores her sense of non-objective form and its potential to engage the audience in creation of meaning. There is no narrative content in her work. Olea's intent is for each work to have its own actuality, and focus is on the human perception through the interraction of forms and sequences of painterly or sound events, while simultaneously keeping to the improvisational mode of working and leaving the content open for multiple cultural readings.

Olea Nova lives and works in Chicago. She is a graduate of the University of Humanities and Social Sciences in St. Petersburg, Russia and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


2020 "Art and Science," The Art Center Highland Park, Highland Park, IL

2019 The Helen Coburn Meier & Tim Meier Achievement Award.

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

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

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


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