March 6, 1927--May 15, 2020
Oleg was one of the icons of western art in the United States and is a member of a the Skull Society, the elite group of top artists who display their work at the C. M. Russell Art Show and Auction. His work is in collections all over the world, and has won countless awards. It is enormously popular with both collectors and fellow artists. Oleg was born in Harlem, New York in 1927. He was the son of immigrants, fleeing from the revolution in Russia. He began his career as a commercial artist, then fell in love with western art after a visit to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma, and was inspired to do fine art. Though best known for western art, Oleg's subjects include abstracts, Native Americans, jazz musicians, automobiles, oil-drilling paintings, and various others. A fearless and ever evolving artist, he got interested in something and dove into painting it with the style that best suited the subject. Oleg passed away at home in Cedar Park, TX May 15, 2020. His joy-filled, exuberant character will be forever evident in his beautiful works of art.
Lesa is Oleg's daughter, and fifth child, and began painting and selling art at age 14. Her original subject matter was primarily "Americana" which included pastoral scenes, westerns, landscapes, portraits, and occasionally, fighter jets or other commissioned subjects. Lesa painted primarily in oils. She won many awards and had a successful career as an artist, into her 30's. Lesa's interest in working with children in the field of speech-language pathology put her on a different career path for a few decades. This has been a very rewarding and demanding career that she loves. Lesa missed the wonderful expressive outlet of creating art and returned to painting in 2015. She won Best of Show in acrylics at the Heart of the West Art Show and Auction her first year back painting. Expanding her subject matter and style of painting to include a wider variety, Lesa is gradually developing a new following. Life seems to have come full circle with art becoming the biggest draw for Lesa's energy, once again. And she loves it.
Lesa's originals are currently available online and at Miniatura Gallery in Santa Fe, NM.
Rachel is the eighth and youngest child of Oleg & Carol. Growing up, she was surrounded by excellent art created by her father and siblings. In this way, she was lucky to be trained in the principals of good design and technique without even trying. Rachel owned a very successful decorative painting company for 14 years, making her living painting enormous ceiling and wall murals in the Italian fresco style. She recently began discovering her passion for fine art incorporating two of her favorite things: animals & patterns. She grew up in Austin, Texas and holds a BA in psychology from the University of Washington. She holds a national 8-ball title and used to be a world-class billiard player who formerly competed on the Women’s Professional Billiard Association Tour. She is an avid cruciverbalist, and she lives with her husband Travis in Austin, Texas.
Rachel's originals are currently available online and at Miniatura Gallery in Santa Fe, NM.
PLEASE NOTE: While some originals are available on our website, please feel free to contact us if you would like to commission a piece from Lesa or Rachel!