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Olive Margaux Allen

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Olive Allen (O.A.) is a Russian-American artist currently living and working in New York City.

She grew up between Russia and United Kingdom.

She studied Film and Media at Regent’s University (London) and later received her BA from The British Higher School of Art and Design (Moscow).

Olive started her M.Arch at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation when she moved to the US but took time off to focus on her artist career. She has continually pursued an education in art by attended the Art Students League of New York and lectures at Sotheby’s Institute of Art since.

Her early experience with film and new media taught her to create each work as a mini-story that explores certain aspects of culture and society. In her art she follows examples of Picasso and Gerhard Richter in undermining the concept of the artist's obligation to maintain a single cohesive style. She considers idea the focus of an art piece and chooses medium that allows to express it more clearly.

For a few years she was exploring the notion of the future from a technological and existential point of view. Her fascination by the subject of matter comes from her scientist father who was the first to introduce her to existential philosophy and Ray Kurzweil’s works.

She created a number of abstract paintings that were exhibited at several group shows in New York and Los Angeles. She also did an art residency in Iceland where she spent more than a month in Westfjords collaborating with artists from all over the world.

Right now she is focusing on conceptual and socially conscious art. Olive believes that it is artist duty to reflect and comment on current state of affairs in the world while engaging the audience.

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