A Siberian native, Olessia was born in 1980 in a small village, called Komsomolsk-on-Amure, in communist Russia. Maximenko’s parents both worked at the same factory all their lives building military airplanes. Since she was a little girl, Olessia has always loved art and began at a very young age drawing with colored pencils. At age ten, Olessia started formal training at an art school near her home town where she graduated with honors, at age 15, before setting off on her adventures. This original background has given Olessia her very own and very unique perspective.
Olessia moved to the United States over a decade ago, and has focused her attention on the wonderful southeast landscapes and charms, particularly of coastal South Carolina and Georgia.
“I am inspired by gorgeous Charleston sunsets and moon light, magical giant oak trees covered with flowing Spanish moss, magnificent palm trees, horse carriages among old historic buildings and southern churches in my beloved, unique, and historic downtown Charleston!” – Olessia Maximenko