She was born in Kiev (Ukraine) in 1966 in a family where arts were a daily experience: among her relatives are writers, painters, sculptors, architects… No wonder that for Oksana painting has always been a natural disposition.
In 1988-89 she attended the Kiev School of Design where she experimented industrial design and graphic; after this first approach, in the late 90s Oksana experienced gouache, but then she broke up with painting, turning to marketing and advertising and devoting herself to business.
But the desire to create, to paint, took its toll: in May 2013 Oksana Kartavtseva left her office job, took a series of master classes with renowned artists and once and for all turned to painting.
Oil on canvas is the technique she likes best. She really cannot stop painting: what she sees and those whom she loves, places she visited or those she longs to. Recently, she fell in love with Tenerife and now she is painting a lot of landscapes and different subjects inspired by this wonderful island.
Over the last three years she created about 150 paintings, held two solo exhibitions and took part to four group exhibitions. Her works are in private collections in Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Poland and in one museum in Kiev.
Oksana’s colors are bright and declarative, her brush wide and thick, dense with matter and significance. At a first glance the color hits the eye with the power of its intensity and saturation, reaching almost a disturbing point when contrasts seem to be strident and rough. It can recall the garishness of those big billboards lining the highways, so the thought swifts to the painter’s “past life”. But the reason is much more sophisticated than this: Oksana’s approach to color is neither artless or naïve; rather, the artist merges the communicative power of color of post-impressionist and avant-garde painters to her native feel for the inner essence of the color itself. Though the artist’s technical competence comes first, you come to appreciate it only after a while, when you notice Oksana’s knowledge and mastery of the techniques and styles of great Masters of the past; she looks back at Divisionism when she has to paint water and its reflections, at Surrealism when she tries to communicate her feelings facing Tenerife landscapes’ extraordinary lights and colors, at Pop Art when painting a portrait. She can master forms and shapes as well as space and perspective; but color is the element blending every other in an harmonic consonance, because the artist’s eye looks at the world in a different, much deeper way, far beyond nature physical lows; and through Oksana’s painting we too can enjoy this metaphysical spirit of nature.