Malta in Splashes – an exhibition by Artist Olga Dmitryeva

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Olga Dmitriyeva is an artist from Kazakhstan, and she has lived in Europe for many years. Having lived in seven countries and visited over 50, Olga loves to keep diaries. These notebooks contain sketches and drawings from each country she visited or lived in.
Olga has been in Malta for three years now. This island is her home and it inspires her daily to create new artworks.

Olga will be holding an exhibition of her watercolour paintings from 1 to 31 July of at Palazzo de Piro in Mdina. Malta in Splashes is dedicated to the wonderful island and its widely known and less famous sights, landmarks, and products The official opening of the event will take place on 5 July… and everyone is invited!

Olga has rendered many Maltese landmarks on paper with a colourful and personal touch. She plunges into the world of juicy and tasty fruits and vegetables that grow in Malta. She hopes her paintings will inspire people to appreciate the beauty of daily scenes that unfold on the sunny island.

Olga has taken’s questionnaire so we can find out more about her and her work

When and how did you get started?

I started at 18. I was studying art history at the university when I realised that it would be nice to be able to draw. However, as a sketcher-on-location I started a long time ago, probably when I was six. I still have a postcard that I made for my mum for Mother’s Day. Instead of drawing flowers, I drew my desk, a view from my window and some of the toys I had on my desk.

What genre do you consider your work to be?

Travel sketching, watercolour sketching

Describe your work in 10 words or less.

Colourful, live, real and joyful

Where was your first exhibition held?

In Kazakhstan

Do you have a favourite from among your own artworks? If so, why?

Honestly, hard to say. I learned to like and appreciate my artworks regardless of style, imperfections etc.

What are you working on at the moment?

Creating my travel diaries in order to combine them in a book

Which artist’s work are you most inspired by?

Monet, Cézanne, Modigliani

If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?

I would probably be a ballet dancer. As a matter of fact I danced from the age of seven till 17.

What is the epitome of happiness for you?

To be able to do something that I really like

What brought you to Malta?

Work and climate after having spent a year in the UK

What do you love about Malta?

Climate, sea, people

What do you hate about Malta?

Hate… not really, but I would say that sometimes I get a bit nervous when people are not punctual, or when construction works start at 6 am.  I definitely do not like the fact that the majority of population does not take care of their island

Favourite colour and what it means to you?

All colours are my favourite. However, if I had to choose, then it would be azure. It reminds me of clear, bright skies

What is your favourite indulgence?-

Cappuccino, definitely

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Paula Fleri-Soler

Paula has a pedigree in TV and stage production (children's and family entertainment) and a passion for the arts. She's taken the reins on The Artists' Directory - Malta and the relevant content for the site.

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