Olha Pilyuhina is professional hereditary artist from a famous art family. She’s carpet weaver, tapestry weaver and teacher
Honored Master of Decorative Arts of Ukraine, Member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine and the National Union of Masters of Folk Art of Ukraine, winner of the President’s Grant, Scholar of the President of Ukraine 2012-2015, I teach teach in the Department of Fine Arts at National University “Poltava Polytechnic” named after Yuri Kondratyuk , author of a series of monumental tapestries “Carpet Ukraine”, six of which were recognized as the best works of the year in Ukraine at the All-Ukrainian exhibitions-competitions “Best Work of the Year” (2014… 2020) under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine.
Participant of more than 300 international, all-Ukrainian, regional and family exhibitions, including 17 solo exhibitions, including the National Bank of Ukraine, the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine, the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine, leading museums and galleries, diplomatic missions and cultural centers in Ukraine and abroad.
Artworks are in funds and permanent expositions in many museum, corporate and private collections. Some of them: the National Ukrainian Folk Decorative Art Museum, the National Union of Masters of Decorative Arts of Ukraine, the Embassy of Ukraine, the Central Kyiv (capital of Ukraine) Lavra Art Gallery, Museum of Kyiv, Poltava Art Museum “Gallery of Arts named after Nikolay Yaroshenko, and others.
« I create original tapestries and handmade carpets. I preserve and develop the best Ukrainian traditions of carpet weaving and tapestry art. I use natural wool yarn, cotton and other fibers and create my works on a traditional vertical wooden loom. A special comb is used for sealing.
I was born into a family of artists and craftsmen. I loved it since childhood.
I started weaving from from early childhood and learned in the family business but also through formal education and another workshops.
It takes at least one year to master the minimum skills but It takes many years to hone your skills and reach a high level. This profession requires full dedication and a lot of patience. »
Olha is giving classes in her own workshop and also teaches to students at the university.
Please explain the relation between your work and your regional or national cultural heritage:
I create tapestries in the best traditions of Ukrainian carpet weaving. I am the bearer of the intangible cultural heritage element “Traditions of plant
of Reshetylivka village” from Reshetylivka district in Poltava region.