Olga Lo, Watercolour Artist & Fine Arts Teacher

  • 31 Jul 2020 2:42 PM
Olga Lo, Watercolour Artist & Fine Arts Teacher
Olga is a professional watercolour artist and a fine arts teacher based in Budapest. Since her early ages she loved technologies and experiments and even wanted to become a spaceman, but later she discovered a space on Earth. The name of it is Art.

She admires nature and celebrates this love in numerous works with birds, flowers and animals. All these creations show almost indefinite variations of forms, colors and most important constructions.

Olga loves to work on the edge of the classical attention to details and the modern methods of visual expression, so after she graduated from the Academy of Arts in Saint-Petersburg, Russia she dived into the ocean of art experiments. She gives her students a solid theoretical base, so they will be able not to copy, but to create their own worlds.

Currently she has private students, one online watercolor art group and two open air classes - botanical and urban. She teaches English for adults as well, and, of course, when she doen't teach she draws in her studio.

You can see her art here

1. When did you arrive in Hungary and what brought you here?
It is my fifth year in Hungary, before that I lived in Winnipeg, MB, Canada, and it was so cold there! Yes I was born in Russia, but in Saint-Petersburg we never get like -50 ish C in the wintertime, for me it was absolutely new level of the word "cold". And I love to draw outside, nature and plants, so I realized that I just could not live in that never-ending winter. And Hungary has a beautiful nature, moderate climate with all 4 seasons and very comfortable location to travel around Europe.

2. Have you ever been an expatriate elsewhere?
Yes, as I mentioned before I lived in Winnipeg, MB, Canada, and, unfortunately, it was very rough experience for me.

3. What surprised you most about Hungary?
I never lived that much on the south and my biggest surprise was connected to nature. It was a lovely sunny day and we were sitting with my friends on a terrace near the Lake Balaton. And one of them mentioned that the hazelnut tree already has fruits on its branches. I was looking at the tree shocked and fascinated, because I always lived on the north and hazelnuts it is something you buy in a shop, wrapped in plastic. They simply don't grow around. And still each summer I feel myself as in a fairy tale here.

4. Friends are in Budapest for a weekend - what must they absolutely see and do?
First thing - they absolutely must relax! Enjoy thermal bathes, take some long walks on the Buda side through castle to the Gul Baba rose garden, try cakes at the numerous cafes and spend an evening biking along Danube to some wonderful terrace. For me Budapest is about feeling, not some things in the museums.

5. What is your favourite Hungarian food?
Uborkasaláta (Cucumber salad) is my new chips.

6. What is never missing from your refrigerator?
Ingredients for Aperol Spritz, it is always a good idea.

7. What is your favourite Hungarian word?
Csütörtökön (on Thursday) - it does sound even a bit Turkish to me, but I always want to smile after saying it.

8. What do you miss most from home?
My family, everything else is definitely replaceable.

9. What career other than yours would you love to pursue?
I have a funny story! When I was a kid I asked my dad: "Daddy, can I be a spacewoman?". He was working in the spacecraft industry in Russia and answered to me: "No, dear, because you are too stubborn and you will succeed, so I will never see you". I said : "Ok, can I be a dragon then?" The answer was that some biological issues would be involved. So finally I asked: "So how about a painter?". And as you see I'm living my third option dream-career.

10. What's a job you would definitely never want?
Butcher, security guard or stuff in a jail or in an asylum.  

11. Where did you spend your last vacation?
In Tel Aviv, Israel. Beautiful city, absolutely enjoyed drawing urban sketches there and having lovely walks along the seaside.

12. Where do you hope to spend your next holiday?
I really want to visit Tokyo and will be super glad when it will be safe and possible again. I enjoy cyber and techno punk aesthetics a lot and it is another sphere of my art interest. Nature and technologies are both just wonderful.

13. Apart of temptation what can't you resist?
My passion to experiments! The sentences starting with "What if..." are something that drives my mind, art and life in general.

14. What was your favorite band, film, or hobby as a teen?
I listened to Marilyn Manson, was into arts and loved "What Dreams May Come" movie.

15. Red wine or white?
As one my french friend said: "People who don't like wine, drink white dry wine". So, white dry wine for me.

16. Book or movie?
Movies are for visuals, books are for thoughts.

17. Morning person or night person?
Absolutely morning person! I wake up each day at 6-7 am without alarm. I love freshness of a new day that it can become whatever you will make from it.

18. Which social issue do you feel most strongly about?
Ignorance, lack of kindness and wish to teach others how they should live and do.

19. Buda or Pest side?
Buda side is my love!

20. What would you say is your personal motto?
“To wisely live your life, you don't need to know much
Just remember two main rules for the beginning:
You better starve, than eat whatever
And better be alone, than with whoever.” 
- Omar Khayyám, Rubaiyat

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