Tatyana Ostapenko, The Real Strong and Silent Ones, mural.
multimedia

Kitchen Conversations with Tatyana Ostapenko She is a contemporary painter born and raised in Soviet Ukraine

Tatyana Ostapenko is a contemporary painter born and raised in Soviet Ukraine. She’s been living and working in Portland, Oregon, USA since many years now. 

Tatyana holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Practice from Portland State University. Discovering the craft of painting at a mature age, Tatyana realised that this is the only way she can truly express herself and her artistic vision. Through her studio works, as well as large scale mural paintings, Tatyana attempts to heal trans-generational trauma and questions tradition. 

Tatyana Ostapenko
Tatyana Ostapenko

During our Kitchen Conversations, we spoke about her love for painting and her ongoing fascination with the figure of a mature, overworked old woman – the colloquial babushka. Her pictorial depictions of women dressed in characteristic, for the Eastern European countryside, female garments and many other symbols of the often forgotten and “unsexy” East, record the reality of those who usually don’t make it into official historical records. 

The images that inspire her paintings are moments and memories from her native Ukraine. The textiles, colours, patterns, and moods give her a way to connect with her childhood and process the complex question of identity. Despite being so sight specific, Tatyana’s work speaks about universal human experience. What’s more, it is full of empathy and celebrates resilience in the face of adversity.

Instagram: @postsovietart

Tatyana Ostapenko, Jolly Swing
Tatyana Ostapenko, Jolly Swing

Tatyana Ostapenko, Sentry
Tatyana Ostapenko, Sentry
Tatyana Ostapenko, The Real Strong and Silent Ones, mural.
Tatyana Ostapenko, The Real Strong and Silent Ones, mural.

Return to the homepage

About The Author

Patrycja
Rozwora

Artist and writer. Studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the Critical Studies Department at the Sandberg Institute. Her ongoing research relates the post-Soviet countries. In 2020, she launched a podcast series called ‘Kitchen Conversations.’

This might interest you