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Olesya Dzhurayeva
The Scream, 2021, linocut, 50,5x77,5cm
Process_Window of Hope, 2022, woodcut printed by Ukrainian black soil
Window of Hope, 2022, woodcut printed by Ukrainian black soil
Window of Hope, 2022, woodcut printed by Ukrainian black soil


Olesya Dzhurayeva is born in 1982 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. In 1989 she moved to Ukraine. In 2006, Olesya graduated from Kyiv State Institute of Decorative and Applied Art and Design named after Mykhailo Boychuk, Faculty of Graphic Design. Member of the National Union of Artist of Ukraine since 2008.

Works as professional graphic artist since 2002. Her works have been shown in numerous exhibitions in Ukraine and all around the world.  She is an active member of the international printmaking community, participant and winner of many printmaking competitions. Works mainly with linocut technique.

Lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine.


How the war affected my work?

I'm devastated. Days go by, and every morning waking up I understand that the war continues. News plunges me into apathy for everything. I can't believe we've been living like this since February 24th. I can't draw, because my art is about contemplation, about light, about the routine that you can enjoy. Now this is not possible. I am deprived of my usual tools, place of work, home. But the desire to live and work is stronger. I gathered my thoughts and do what keeps me afloat. A first woodcut in my life, printed with Ukrainian black soil. This is about the window of my hope, about the windows of all the destroyed houses and lives, about the fact that these are our houses and our land, about the fact that we cannot be broken, we cannot be defeated! Glory to Ukraine! Glory to our Heroes!




2016 - Rene Carcan Public Prize, II Rene Carcan International Prize for Printmaking, Edition 2016, Brussels, Belgium

2017 - Mention, 7th Edition of Miniprint Internacional Rosario, Rosario, Argentina

2017 - Second place, IV International Exhibition of Contemporary Graphics Colombia 2017, Bucaramanga, Colombia

2018 - Awarded for Authentic Marks 2nd Annual International Miniature Printmaking Exhibition 2018 by Shaghaf Group, Dubai, UAE.

2018 - Honorary prize for remarkable contribute in the graphic art in the world, International Triennial of Graphic Art, Bitola 2018, Macedonia

2018 - First Award, II CELEBRACION IMPRESA International Printmaking Exhibition, Lima, Peru

2019 - First Award, Art Paraleli 2019, Centre of Ukrainian Culture and Arts, Kyiv, Ukraine

2019 - Le Grand Prix Félix Bracquemond, Salon des Beaux-Arts 2019, Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Caroussel du Louvre, Paris, France.

2020 - Award for technical excellence, 4th International Printmaking Biennial Cacak, Cacak, Serbia

2020 - Prize of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, 6th Graphic Art Biennial оf Szeklerland, Sfântu Gheorghe, Covasna County, Romania

2021 - Second Award, IX Ukrainian Triennial Graphics-2021, Kyiv, Ukraine

2021 - Honorary Medal, II International Mini Print Triennial "Intaglio", Kyiv, Ukraine

2021 - Prize for innovation, 22nd Triennale Grenchen, Mini Print 2021, Grenchen, Switzerland

2021 - First Prize, Second Contest “Hommage à trois” in the category “Patricia Highsmith”, The International Association Duana de les Arts (AIDA), Barcelona, Spain

2021 - Second Prize, 11e Triennale Mondiale de l’Estampe, Chamalieres, France

2021 - First Prize, Collage Obsession International Collage Biennial, West University of Timisoara, Timisoara, Romania.

2022 - Commended in the category of young artists, GraficaRi International exhibition of prints and artist's book, Rijeka, Croatia.

The Izolyatsia Foundation
Olga by Elie Grappe
The Book Arsenal Festival
Mariana Hlieva
Pavlo Makov
Anton Logov
Nikita Kadan
War crimes against Ukraine's cultural heritage
Denis Struk
Danylo Movchan
Nata Levitasova
Maria Primachenko
Dakh Daughters
The Ivankiv Historical and Ethnographic Museum
Oleg Sentsov
Artem Datsyshyn
Youla Chapoval
Oleksander Kniga
Olesya Dzhurayeva
Mantas Kvedaravičius
Olga Kvasha