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The People's Choice Award

At each Oatley 101 Gallery exhibition, we ask our visitors and artists to vote for their favourite painting.

The People's choice award for August is:
"Street of Jacaranda"

A lovely Watercolour painting by Olga Katsyuba

Olga Katsyuba was born 30th of May 1970, in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

From her early childhood she loved creative arts and at the age of eleven her parents enrolled Olga in the School of Creative Arts, which she finished in 1986.

Then, after finishing High school, from 1989 to 1994 she studied in the Almaty State University named after Abai in Almaty (Kazakhstan) and received a Bachelor of “Teaching Drawing and Visual Arts”.
Olga works with Watercolour, Traditional Oils, Acrylics, Mixed Media and Drawing.


In 1995 her first solo exhibition was held at the modern Art Gallery “Ular”. All 35 paintings were sold at that exhibition.

From 1994 to 1998 Olga worked as a teacher of Visual Arts in the Almaty State University named after Abai. From 1995 she held 17 solo exhibitions and participated in more than 45 group exhibitions (local, state and international).

Her most significant projects were: “Vanishing city” 2002 (part I) and “Almaty. Old city” 2009 (part II) - A series of watercolour artworks. The main idea of these projects was showing and keeping the beauty of the old corners of Almaty. Olga Katsyuba intended to make her contribution to preservation of heritage and historical memory. Both parts of her watercolour collections were included in the art albums which were published in 2000 copies each. Seven watercolours from these projects were bought by Almaty City History Museum.


A lot of Olga’s artworks were bought by collectors and lovers of art. As a result, her artworks are now in the private collections in many countries of the world.


In 2015 Olga migrated with her family to Australia where she finds new inspiration and continues to create artworks and participates in art exhibitions.

Olga is a member of the following:
From 2009:  Union of Artists of Republic of Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan
From 2012:  Professional Union of Artists. Russian Federation
From 2017:  Oatley 101 Society of Artists. Australia.

In 2012 The Rating Centre of the Professional Union of Artists assigned to Olga a 5-B category (Mature professional artist) in the uniform Artistic Rating. Moscow, Russia.

Artist’s statement:
“I was born and grew up in Kazakhstan, in the land of Nomads. Perhaps, because of that, I feel myself as a wayfarer, who follows his own Way and is inspired by the surrounding World.
Every day this wonderful journey gives new encounters with beautiful nature and interesting people. This encourages me every day to pick up brushes and colours and transform my joy and delight into paper and canvas to share my feelings with the people. I believe that the Art should bring positive emotions, joy, and to be aesthetic.

I have travelled a lot and found that every country is amazing and beautiful. I like to paint flowers, landscapes, streets of cities, old architecture. It seems to me that the old streets keep the history of the cities alive and help us to feel the soul of the places.

Relying on the great and simple wisdom of nature in my work, and sharing a love of beauty with people, I do believe that it is possible to make the world better. I wish to express my deep gratitude to my teachers and my respect for those who view my work.”