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Olga Nielsen

I was born in Russia and attended the Moscow School of Fine Arts, where I studied art history and figure painting and drawing in the classical realistic tradition, with anatomy studies, and drawing and painting from life models.

I also studied at the Department of Applied Arts and Design at Moscow Textile Institute and graduated with a BFA in painting, textile design and fashion illustration and design in 1977.

Before immigrating to the United States, I spent the summer of 1981 in Italy, studying art at the greatest museums. To be in Rome, to spend days in front of the masterpieces in the Vatican and to study for weeks the works of the Masters was an unforgettable experience.

After moving to Philadelphia, I worked for many years in design departments of textile and fashion industry companies.

I continued to paint and draw and exhibited at the local art centers and galleries and in 1998 started working full-time as a professional figurative artist. At that time my interest in sculpture grew stronger and I started working in terra cotta.

I went back to school at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2005 to study stone sculpture and figure modeling.

In February 2010 I was awarded a commission to make a life size bronze statue of Saint Leonie Aviat for Saint Bernadette of Lourdes Parish in Drexel Hill, PA. The statue was installed in April 2011 and blessed and dedicated by Cardinal Rigali on May 14, 2011.

In 2011 two of my works won at the nationwide competition and were published in the "Strokes of Genius 3, Best of Drawing" book.

In 2012 my sculpture "Rebecca" won Leona Karp Braverman Memorial Award for sculpture at the Fellowship of Pensylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Annual Exhibition.

In 2013 my lithograph " Defiance" and pastel "Debut" won at the nationwide competition and were published in the "Strokes of Genius 5, Best of Drawing" book.

I have exhibited extensively in the Delaware Valley area in solo and group shows, and my sculptures and drawings and some commissioned portraits are also in many private collections.

I am a faculty member at the Delaware College of Art and Design, Wilmington, Delaware, at the Darlington Arts Center in Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, at The Community Arts Center in Wallingford, Pennsylvania, and at the Center for the Creative Arts in Yorklyn, Delaware.