(Cleveland, Ohio 1966 -)
BiographyOla Rondiak was born in the United States in 1966. She earned her Baccalaureate Degree in Psychology and Education at Hunter College in NYC. After working as a social worker in Brooklyn, she went on to receive her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and Community Counseling and began working as a Psychotherapist. Ola and her husband, Petro, began their journey in Ukraine together in 1995 at which time she began to study art in Ukraine and Hungary. Ola's parents had emigrated from Ukraine during WWII and had raised her with a love and curiosity for her roots. Ola’s paintings stem from her family’s experiences living in Ukraine, the events of WWII, Stalin’s Iron Curtain, the Orange Revolution, and the Revolution of Dignity in 2014.
These events shaped Rondiak’s worldview; emotional experiences began to surface in her paintings, family history intertwines with Ukrainian history and tradition. Her iconographic portraiture of Ukrainian women depicts their “determined and indomitable spirit.” Often referred to as “Pop art” or “folklore,” her work has been said to recall the icons of the Byzantine period.