About Artist

A Kyiv-based company, OLK MANUFACTORY produces traditional and modern hand- woven rugs, tapestries, masks, unique art objects. Through her workshop, Ukrainian artist Oksana Levchenya, founder and CEO of OLK Manufactory, managed to create a new product, combining unique modern designs, folk ornament and traditional crafting technique. Vertical kylyms, produced in OLK Manufactory, are a landmark in the craftsmanship of Ukrainian carpet-weaving. An extremely intricate traditional technique, manual weaving, ranging back to the 16th century, has been preserved in OLK’s manufacturing process. Each stage of production – design, yarn-dyeing, intertwining by hand and steaming of the ready-made kylym – is realized directly in the workshop.

No machines are used in the kylym production process: ecological cleanliness of production and highly paid labour of masters are key concerns of the company. Tapestries and carpets are made of natural materials. The base of the kylym is hemp thread, the carpet cloth itself is made of dyed natural wool of Carpathian sheep or vegetable yarn from nettles. Hundreds of warp threads are stretched on a vertical loom and yarn is intertwined with warp thread by hands, creating a real treasure that can entice the most demanding connoisseurs and serves for many years, passed on from generation to generation.                                                                                                             


 

     

Oksana Levchenya, founder and CEO of OLK Manufactory

Oksana Levchenya-Konstantinovska was born in Bershad, the Vinnitsa region, Ukraine.

EDUCATION

2001 – A. A. Bogomolets Graduated Kyiv Medical University by speciality of surgery

2005 – School of Architectural Design, Kyiv, Ukraine  

Self-educated artist

FAIRS:

Phillips Auction London (Indigo Chief) 2022

Sotheby’s Auction London  (Collider 2011)  2022

2022 Homo Faber, Venice

https://www.homofaber.com/en/ecollection/oksana-levchenya-207

2019 Revelations, Grand Palais, Paris, France 

2019 Milan Design Week, “Modernism” (Creative Ukraine), Milan, Italy 

2018 Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, Netherlands  

WEBSITES:

www.homofaber.com/en/ecollection/oksana-levchenya-207

www.1stdibs.com/dealers/olk-manufactory

archello.com/olk-manufactory

artsy.net/artist/oksana-levchenya

artsy.net/show/port-agency-totem-of-recycling-show-by-ukrainian-artist-oksana-levchenya

 

AWARDS:

2019 Elle Decoration International Design Award Ukraine – winner

“Floor covering”, Synchronicity carpet 

2019 Art Laguna Prize – Finalist

2017 London Art Biennale – winner

2017 Royal Arts Prize, Shortlisted Artists, London, UK – shortlisted

Royal Art Prize - shortlisted

London Art Biennale - winner 

Art Laguna Prize - finalist

EDIDA - winner

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2020 – Solo exhibition, on the occasion of the 27th Aniversary of the Independence of Ukraine. Gothic Hall, Brussel, Belgium

2018 – Non-existent tribes,  Gallery Bursa, Kyiv, Ukraine. Textile sculptures, installations, video art

2017 –  Find Your tribe and love them hard solo exhibition, Invogue Gallery, Odessa, Ukraine. Photo, textile art, tapestries

2017 – Art Ukraine Gallery “Quasi-Evolution”, Kyiv, Ukraine. Tapestries

2016 – Soul Searching, Bulgari, Kyiv, Ukraine

2016 – Soul Searching, Bogomolets National Medical University, Kyiv, Ukraine

2012 – Great expectations, FineArt Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine

2011 – Warlike feminism, FineArt Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine 

2010 – Schastiye (Happiness) Luxury Gallery SadyPobedy, Odessa, Ukraine

2010 – Screenshot, Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine

2009 – SotsCapitalism, Ukrainian House, Kyiv, Ukraine

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2021 – Art Fashion Days, Avant-garden Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine

2019 – Milan Design Week, Modern_ism, Milan, Italy. Ukrainian Object Design

2019 – Revelations, International Fine Craft and Creation Bienale, Grand Paleis, Paris, France. Textile, hand woven tapestry, objects.

2018 –  Art Laguna Prize 13th edition, finalists show. "Space cossaks" , Arsenale, Venis, Italy

2018 – Modern_ism, Dutch Design week, Eindhoven, Nitherlands. Texlile, handwoven kilims

2017 – Royal Arts Prize, Find Your Tribe And Love Them Hard, London, UK

2017 – Lost&Found at Fondamenta degli Incurabili, Venice, Italy

2017 – London Art Biennial 2017, Soul Searching, winner. Gagliardi Gallery, London, UK

2015 – Art Kyiv Contemporary Soul Searching, Mystetskiy Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine

2014 – Art Kyiv Contemporary project Greed, Mystetskiy Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine

2013 – Art Southampton, NY, USA 

2013 – ARTPALMBEACH-2012, Miami, USA

2012 – Art Kyiv Contemporary, Mystetskiy Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine

2012 – Kyiv Biennial 2012 - Arsenale 2012, " Mystetskiy Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine

2012 – Great expectations, FineArt Gallery, Kiev, Ukraine

2011 – Collider Art-Kiev, Arsenal, Kiev, Ukraine

2010 – Screenshot Art-Kiev Contemporary Fair, Arsenal, Kiev, Ukraine

2010 – Diktators for VogdeLenie, Ukrainian House, Kiev, Ukraine

2010 – Participate of " Ukrainian paradox", ArtByGeneva Fair, Geneva, Switzerland

2009 – Sotscapitalism Art Kiev, Ukrainian House, Kiev, Ukraine

2009 – Torn World project curated by Adam Nankervis Man Museum,

Bereznitska and Partners Gallery, Kiev, Ukraine