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Olena Turyanska

Olena Turyanska Paper worker
Contact
Ukrainian, English, German, Polish, Russian
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+380 505192103
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Paper and philosophy

  • • Olena is a self-taught paper cutting artist
  • • She used to paint on glass using a Galician technique
  • • She has a degree in interior design

Using only a knife and paper, Lviv based Ukrainian artisan Olena Turyanska creates magical vytynankas, traditional paper cut works. She became interested in this craft back in the 90s attracted by the symmetry and harmony that paper cutting offers. Today, Olena is one of the most renowned vytynanka artists in Ukraine having held numerous solo exhibitions around the world. Her style is instantly recognizable; she uses the traditional folk technique of paper cutting to create distinct art pieces that express her own philosophical perspectives. Olena also regularly participates in interior design projects having decorated many restaurants and private apartments in Lviv and internationally.

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Works

  • © Roman Shyshak
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  • © Roman Shyshak
  • © Roman Shyshak
Photo: © Roman Shyshak
Turning Circles III-V

This decorative piece is handcut from black paper and mounted on a white background. Olena Turyanska uses her work to reflect on life, such as the process of growing and understanding things happening around us.

Height 100 cm
Width 70 cm

Olena Turyanska Paper worker
Photo: © Roman Shyshak
The Chronicles II-II

This series of handcut paper works mounted on a contrasting white background refers to the relationship of human beings with time. Olena Turyanska tries to generalise it on a symbolic level.

Height 100 cm
Width 70 cm

Olena Turyanska Paper worker
Photo: © Roman Shyshak
The Chronicles II-IV

This series of handcut paper works mounted on a contrasting white background refers to the relationship of human beings with time. Olena Turyanska tries to generalise it on a symbolic level.

Height 100 cm
Width 70 cm

Olena Turyanska Paper worker
Photo: © Roman Shyshak
Regularities II-III (fragment of work)

This biomorphic object, handcut from fine black paper, is the result of a dialogue with the organic world. Olena Turyanska tries to incarnate, through the contrasting black and white, abstract concepts such as intricacies, immersion, and interconnection.

Height 250 cm
Width 50 cm

Olena Turyanska Paper worker
Photo: © Roman Shyshak
Infinite I-I

This decorative piece was handcut from fine white paper by Olena Turyanska.

Height 100 cm
Width 70 cm

Olena Turyanska Paper worker

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