Contemporary artist, independent curator, designer


Fashion show in Colorado, USA


“The Tree of Life”

Olga Selyshcheva acted as an independent curator and presented an international, multidisciplinary project called the Tree of Life.

The exhibition is presented at the Ukrainian Embassy in The Hague in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Ukraine’s nature is mercilessly destroyed as a result of the brutal war. Ecosystems are being destroyed, and rare animals listed in the Red Book are dying. Currently, Ukraine is the most mined country in the world, which has terrible consequences not only for people but also for the animal world.

In Ukrainian culture, the “Tree of Life” is one of the oldest and most profound symbols.

Its roots go back to pagan times when the tree embodied all living things on Earth. The symbol connects heaven and earth, past and future, life and death. At a time when death and violence multiply every day, “The Tree of Life” reminds us of invincible beauty and hope.

The Tree of Life

The painting from the new series “The Tree of Life” is inspired by the illustrations of Heorhiy Ivanovych Narbut.

“The Tree of Life” tradition is one of the most ancient and significant symbols in Ukrainian culture. It has its roots in pagan times when the tree was the personification of all living things in the world. The Tree of Life symbolizes the connection between heaven and earth, past and future. Mixed media, 100×140 cm, 2023


Exhibition in Leiden

My first exhibition in 2022 opened in Leiden at Vintage Department Store, a unique space that supports artists and gives them the opportunity to exhibit on one of the main streets of the city. The project “Do not look back” consists of a painting and a series of objects that capture the penetration of new images of the media environment and pop culture into the classical picture of the world.


A series of paintings “The Hunter. The Night Watch” dedicated to the diverse nature of the Netherlands and the harmony contained in it. Acrylic on canvas, 75×115 cm, 2020-2021


The painting “In the mood of love” acrylic on canvas, 70×100 cm, 2021.

“The still life with a secret” is a series of paintings dedicated to the influence of the media world on the perception of reality.

A cartoon character bursts into a classic still life, made in the manner of Dutch painting. The size of the painting 100×130 cm, 2021.

“Rubens and Simpson”, the size of the painting 60×80 cm, 2021.

“The Impossible is possible”, 60×100 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2020.

Collaboration with VOGU

Art project “Sonia Delaunay je t’aime”

Art project “Sonia Delaunay je t’aime” was first presented in Paris in 2018. The exhibition of Ukrainian art and design was organized by Olga Ottenheijm as a curator at the Center for Culture and Information of the Embassy of Ukraine in Paris, is dedicated to the work of the exceptional Sonia Delaunay.

Art direction and accessorize Olga Ottenheijm, photo by Valeriia Buchuk, Maksym Bilousov, models Lilia Petrenko, Elena Kazachkova, Uliana Bychenkova.

Series of drawings “Summer time”

 The artist book “Identification“ 

The book tells the story of an artist who lived in a closed city.

He wanted to run away from there and every night dug a tunnel.

In the process, he gets a lot of luminous clay and makes sculptures of orange rabbits,which became part of his new exhibition. The largest sculpture he made was 2 meters high.

The project was presented at the exhibition“Visual energy“

IM Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin, Germany (catalog), 2006.

 Art residence in Normandy

Participation in an art residence in Normandy, during the month of 2021

a series of paintings was created inspired by the landscapes

and nature of France as well as images of modern visual culture.


Olga Ottenheijm was born in 1984, Kharkiv, Ukraine.

She graduated from Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Arts as a graphic designer. After graduation, she taught graphic design for two years at KSADA. Worked for five years in Saatchi & Saatchi UA advertising agency.

Since 2021 lived and works in Leiden, the Netherlands.

Participation in more than 100 exhibitions and festivals in Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Italy, France, Mexico, Poland, Slovenia, USA, Russia and Ukraine. 

Solo exhibitions Kharkiv, Berlin, Kyiv, The Hague.

Participant of Paris Design Week 2019.

The paintings are in private collections in the Netherlands, France, Poland, Ukraine. Publication of works in the VOGUE magazine (2016, 2020, 2021). Participation in an art residency in Normandy, France, 2021.

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