Olga Shtukaturova

Artist Olga Shtukaturova

About the artist
Born in the Urals, in the city of Irbit, Sverdlovsk region. Painter, graphic artist, icon painter, book illustrator.

Graduated from the Sverdlovsk College of Art (1972). Olga Shtukaturova had started her artistic activities in Chelyabinsk in 1975. She participated in numerous city, regional and all-Russian art exhibitions.

Member of the Artists' Union of Russia. Laureate of art awards. Awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from Patriarch Aleksy II of Moscow and All Russia for the decoration of the Church on Blood in Yekaterinburg (where she was the head of a group of artists). Her artworks were awarded a Gold Medal at the 10th Regional Art Exhibition ‘The Ural’ (Chelyabinsk, 2008).

Olga Shtukaturova specialised in both easel painting and book illustration. She worked in various genres, including landscape, portrait, still-life. Besides, she is also known as an icon painter and taught at the icon-painting workshop of the Novo-Tikhvinsky nunnery.

The artist’s paintings are found in the collections of the Russian Culture Fund in Moscow, at the Yekaterinburg Museum of fine Arts and in private collections in Russia, Germany, Czech Republic and France.

Art critic's comment

Olga Shtukaturova worked in a variety of genres, which underlines diversity of her talents. Her artistic search is manifested in multiple forms: from small designs and book illustration to monumental artworks and church murals.  

The originality of Olga Shtukaturova’s style consists in deep symbolism of her works, which suggests a search for interpretations. Her paintings are distinguished by the combination of elements and characters, which belong to different periods. In her pieces, theatre characters may appear alongside with historical figures creating references to various styles and emphasising the connection between the past and the present. This blurs the line between reality and the world of artistic images.

The characters in the artist’s paintings are often depicted in varying scales, and each figure seems to be immersed in their own thoughts. At first glance, it may create an illusion that there is no interaction between the characters in these paintings. However, the idea of the artist is to build a subtle sequence of associations between images, which enriches her works with philosophical meanings.