Artist: Olga Rybalko
oil on canvas
24 x 30 inches (61 x 76 cm)
Olga Rybalko is a landscape artist who combines her passion for art and travelling in order to create works that capture the heart and mind. She remains deeply passionate about painting the outdoors, which she credits to being introduced to the Ukranian countryside at an early age. Her immigration to Canada would prove to be a large turning point in her life, allowing her life-long dream of becoming an artist a reality.
Rybalko’s art focuses primarily on urban streetscapes from European cities and the rugged Canadian wilderness; her main concern being to capture the essence of a place, “not the exact look of it, but how it feels to be there.” In Glacial Bowl, Rybalko presents an expertly balanced unity of sky, mountain, and land in her depiction of a monumental glacier terminus. The glacier, pinpointed to the Banff area, is covered in a thick layer of snowy white ice at the top, thus giving the impression of disappearing into the dim sky above rendered in small, deft brushstrokes. The stacked pattern of grooves and striations carved into the bedrock dominates the composition in varying earthy tones. Thin bands of ice formation dripping from the peak draw the viewer’s eye downwards, to contemplate the glacier dissolving into a thick forest of evergreens. The artist applies thin layers of paint to the work, allowing the underpainting of reddish-brown to inject more warmth and light into the overall composition.
In recent years, Rybalko has participated in many live painting competitions, such as the Golden Brush Art in 2013. She credits her live art experience for making her a more efficient, confident, and energetic artist. Currently, Olga Rybalko runs The Space Art Gallery alongside partners Bill Higginson and Jolayne Devente in downtown Vancouver, BC.
Olga Rybalko is a representational painter who captures the urban and natural landscape with a unique attention to the magic of each place. She combines her artistic passion with her love of travel to create scenery that captures the mind and the heart.
At the age of thirteen, Olga’s family moved to Vancouver from Ukraine. Immigrating to Canada would prove to be one of the most important experiences of her life. “It helped shape my character and my art. Being thrown into such a multicultural country opened so many possibilities for travel and learning. Most of all, it meant that I could make my dream of being an artist a reality.” Olga has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art and Art History at the University of British Columbia.
“My art is all about capturing a place –not the exact look of it, but how it feels to be there. When I paint, I feel like I am there, and that is what I want to translate to the viewer.”
Olga lives and works in Vancouver BC.