"My artworks oscillate between abstraction and figuration, sometimes within a single work in which colour is an entity that creates meaning. I paint nature and its healing power."
Olja Ristic (b.1971, Serbia) is an artist living and working in Serbia. She studied painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Prishtine where she graduated in 1995, and obtained her MA degree in 2001. Since 2002, Olja has been a member of the Association of Fine Artists of Serbia (ULUS), and her work has been the subject of twelve solo exhibitions.
In early 2004, she discovered that she was suffering from leukemia and her life has changed. She spent that summer in Italy. This is where her attitude towards herself and painting changed. There, in Italy, Rome, Naples, and Capri, her searching for healing had begun—a searching for a new light in herself, for the strength to start all over again. And that is where the series "Searching for the Light" has begun.
Her paintings are in notable private collections in France, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Croatia, Canada, Morocco, Tunisia, Greece and Serbia.
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