Andrew Osta, Ukrainian – Canadian (1982 -)
Born in 1982, artist Andrew Osta grew up in the beautiful and historical city of Kiev, before moving to Toronto, Canada. His father was an aerospace engineer from a family of engineers, his mother a doctor from a family of doctors. Artistic talents ran in the family, but art was not taken seriously under the Soviet mindset.
In 2001, Andrew Osta began his studies at the University of Toronto. He graduated four years later at the top of his class, with degrees in philosophy and computer science. His remarkable skills in visual art led him to abandon the idea of having a more conventional career and dedicate his energy to painting. For two years, he painted part time and worked part time – first as an English teacher and then as an assistant Art Therapist. Starting in 2009, he dedicated all of his time and energy solely to his creative pursuits, no longer working a regular job.
Exhibiting his work in galleries since 2005, Andrew Osta was honored with international recognition by private and corporate collectors. He exhibited in a museum in Italy in 2016 and in the Museum of the City of Durango in Mexico in 2017. He has become one of the best known artists in San Miguel de Allende, where his work continues to be exhibited alongside paintings of legendary Canadian artist and figure skating champion, Toller Cranston. Artists like Leonard Brooks, Romeo Tabuena, Toller Cranston, Marion Perlet, Gary Slipper, Anne Marie Slipper, Jaro Slavko, Bruce Stuart, E.C. Bell, and many others have chosen to have studios in the beautiful artistic town of San Miguel de Allende for the beauty and inspiration this artist colony offers.
Andrew Osta continues to show his artwork in Canada, Mexico, and Internationally, while also engaging in public art programs and beautification projects. Andrew Osta has always been open to donating his work for charitable causes and is currently planning to donate 10% of all proceeds to a charity benefiting children.
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Andrew Osta is one of the most important and well-collected contemporary artists to emerge on the San Miguel de Allende, Mexico scene in the last 10 years. Now living in Oaxaca, Mexico, this prolific artist is creating a wide range of powerful images that speak of positivity, hope, joy, faith, and love – in a cultural climate that is mostly devoid of positive emotion .
Since 2005, Osta’s work has been shown in many solo and group exhibitions worldwide, including museum exhibitions in Italy and Mexico, and solo shows in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Peru, France, Italy, Switzerland, and South Korea.
He is represented in San Miguel de Allende, Oaxaca, Puerto Vallarta, Austin & San Antonio Texas, Toronto, and in the South of France. Time permitting, he is open to commission work. The paintings are shipped worldwide.
Osta’s unique style is the result of extensive experimentation coupled with careful observation. His range is impressive. His magical realism work documents his inner states: emotions, thoughts, and feelings. His landscapes and portraits record his travels and the people around him. The work often speaks powerfully and directly, resonating with the very core of the human being. The paintings seem to transcend physicality of reality and reach into deeper spiritual dimensions of existence.
–Adriana Conconi, Arte Italia Cultura
My art is contemporary but not in the sense that it follows the fashions and obsessions of the times. My work is contemporary in the sense that it embraces that which is timeless, beyond time, and always present. My paintings embrace a present reality that will not become dated in 10 or 20 years. In my work I seek a beauty that is at once ideal and achievable. I believe that human beings have the capacity to see the beauty and perfection everywhere – in nature, in the faces of people, in thoughts, in dreams, in fantasy, and in spiritual experiences.
I do not limit myself to any single medium, subject, or style. I prefer to explore, to discover new artistic territories, to say things that have not been said before rather than repeating the same statement over and over. Art is a key to a fascinating world without bounds. By placing limitations on subject matter or style, an artist fails to bring out the entire hidden wealth of that world. My artistic interests and influences range from Byzantine iconography to modern Western art to Latin American and Folk expressions. I like to paint different things at different times. This does not mean that I have not found myself or have not discovered my style. It means that I am bored with easy formulaic painting, although this sort of work is the easiest to sell and to promote on today’s market.