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10 questions for Olga Fedorova, Albe Art Gallery Art Director

HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE ART INDUSTRY?

My heart was always in the arts but because I was not an artist from the very beginning I followed a career in science.

Many years later I did course work for a graduate degree in Photography. Then in Graphic Design and then in History of Arts.

My artworks received numerous awards in international competitions, were published in books, magazines and were represented on world famous art galleries.

HOW DO YOU FIND THE ARTISTS YOU FEATURE IN THE GALLERY?

Most of the artists I find are from art fairs, exhibitions and open calls around the world.

CAN YOU TELL ABOUT ONE OF YOUR ARTISTS AND WHY WE SHOULD BE EXCITED ABOUT THIER WORK?

All my artist are exciting! These are the artists that excite me, the ones who have the talent and someone to believe in them.

WHAT MAKES A GREAT WORK OF ART?

A great work of art can be many things, but when I think about it I think of works that have imagination and depth, that have originality and a quality of technique that stands out from others. A great artwork for me engages with you emotionally or intellectually or both.

WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB?

To be ready for exhibition and being part of this process is my favourite part of the job.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

As a young gallery, it’s challenging to get on the radar of new collectors and audiences. I have to remind myself that Albe Art Gallery is new and that awareness will only expand. Patience and perseverance.

WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE ALBE ART GALLERY IN 10 YEARS TIME?

I hope Albe Art Gallery will be recognised by the arts industry as a visionary business that helped changed the face of commercial galleries.

IF YOU COULD PURCHASE ANY PIECE OF ART FOR YOU HOME, WHAT WOULD IT BE AN WHY?

Any piece from Wassily Kandinsky who was one of the pioneers of abstraction. I think abstraction has given us a freedom of expression that changed our perceptions of art and ultimately the world that we live in today.

WHAT DO YOU ADVICE YOUR ARTIST?

I always advise on the development of current work, on the trajectory ahead.

WHATS SURPRISED YOU ABOUT THE ART MARKET OVER YEARS?

To my surprise – it’s been how willingly audiences allowed online viewership to replace the in-person experience of an exhibition.

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