About me

Hello! Allow me to introduce myself.

My name is Olga Abramova. I’m best known as a graphic artist. My preference is to work in dry pastels but I also use whatever comes to hand, from coal to acrylic. I prefer to search out something new in art, and every year I find something different that captures my imagination.

Recently, I have been especially interested in working on atmospheric pictures, where light and color play on each other, creating a new reality. In all my artistic works, I try to conceal form in the atmosphere, but it doesn’t always work out this way, particularly when the form itself is sufficient.

I graduated from the Moscow State University of Art and Industry, specializing in textile design, and the Moscow State Open Pedagogical University in the faculty of graphic design. In parallel with my studies, I taught pastel drawing.
In 1998, I began exhibiting my works.
In 2001, I was admitted into the International Art Foundation.

I have created a number of original drawing courses for people looking to sketch out their projects or who simply want to learn to paint.
From 2011 until 2014, I taught at the Flowers in Detail school
From 2008 until the present day, I have been a tutor at the Details interior design school, where I teach drawing for landscape designers.
Most of my time is spent in the studio, painting and writing about the life of an artist. I publish all the interesting bits via social networks or in my blog.

Art comes down to two things: exploring the theme and painting.


In just a few words, how would you describe the life of an artist?

I really like two simple words: love and work. Tove Jansson said it this way. One works very poorly without love.

What advice have you found useful in your life?

Also two: “Don’t stop dancing” and “It’s a waste of time for an artist to argue about art, do what you like and don’t listen to anyone else.”

Why are artists considered special?

Artists create their own rules in life, and from society’s point of view, what they do can seem irrational and pointless. They create new models of living and share this with others, who are not yet ready to understand what it is they are being offered.

What do artists have to fight for?

Time! Artists always have to use every minute!
You could be involved in choosing new materials, preparing your studio, listening to music or be at lunch, but the whole time your thoughts are involved in the creative process – the most vital process. People around you don’t sense this searching for new ideas and think the artist isn’t doing anything. Artists are constantly busy!

Why do people read biographies?

I’ll answer with a quote.
“Compared to the grand sweep and romance of Jack London’s life, my existence seemed like a squirrel with its head against a walnut, dozing until spring. For the time being, that is. But that’s how biographies are. I mean, who’s going to read about the peaceful life and times of a nobody employed at the Kawasaki Municipal Library? In other words, what we seek is some kind of compensation for what we put up with.”
Haruki Murakami – Dance, dance, dance
You can add to this the element of curiosity and a desire to learn something from others’ experience.

Who would you yourself like to read about?

I would love to read Tilda Swinton’s memoir, if it ever comes out. Reading biographies and memoirs of writers and artists, I’ve noticed an overriding principle – all the people who actually achieve something in life work very hard. With remarkable consistency, and often with passion. They love and they work.)

Two more questions. How many words are needed to describe what’s most important?

Sometimes, I suppose, words aren’t needed at all.

And how many brush strokes are needed to do the same?

Much more, which is why I’m a painter, and not a writer.


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