An Exhibition of Art Works by Honoured Artist of Russia Olga Okuneva was inaugurated at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) by the Chief Guest Mr Pavan K. Varma, former Ambassador, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) on December 4, 2015. The exhibition, dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the RCSC in New Delhi, will be on view for general public till December 14, 2015. The Chief Guest also released the book “Olga Okuneva: Painting Graphics” on the occasion. The function was graced with the presence of Prof. Ramadhikari Kumar, President, INDAPRYAL, Mr Vimal S. Mehta, Hon. Secretary, Citizens’ Film Forum, Mr Fedor Rozovskiy, Director, RCSC, Ms Nana M. Mgeladze, Counsellor, Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, and others. Describing the art works as the brilliant presentation by Olga Okuneva, Mr Pavan Kumar wished her artistic career a promising future. Tracing his long association with the artist right from his stint in Moscow as the head of the Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Centre, he recalled her consistent efforts, commitment and dedication in her capacity as a painter, graphic artist and book illustrator. Mr Pavan Kumar underscored the artist’s sensibility to grasp the detailed aspects of Indian mythology and scriptures. Earlier, welcoming the gathering of artists, art-lovers, critics, compatriots, students and media persons, Mr Fedor Rozovskiy lauded the art works by Olga Okuneva as a spiritual synthesis of artistic tradition and cultural heritage. It is a matter of pride and enthusiasm as the exhibition by a prominent Russian artist Olga Okuneva is being opened by his very old friend and close associate of the RCSC Mr Pavan Kumar. Born in Otradny, Kyibishevskaya (Samara) Region, Russia, Olga Vasilyevna Okuneva attended the Orenburg College of Arts from 1976 to 1980 and studied at Kharkov State Academy of Design and Arts from 1982 to 1987. In 1990, she joined the Artists’ Union of the Russian Federation. In 1998, she was awarded the high government distinction “Honoured Artist of Russia”. She is the motive force behind a number of large-scale projects Exhibitions such as Samyatra, The Way to the Ocean, Mahabharata, etc., turned into great international cultural events. She shares with us her way of seeing the beauty of the world both in its grandeur and in its everyday discreet simplicity, the impressions of her travels and wanderings. Her work reveals imposing monumentality, attractive decorativeness, symbolic generalization and philosophical profundity. Olga Okuneva is deep in the mystery of integration of colours, textures and lines, and she is concentrated on the pursuit of her own truth and revelations. She is above the rage for the brand-new and the most recent trends and tendencies all around. Having reached freedom of self-expression, mastering various techniques and materials, she remains true to herself, to her images to her pictorial work-view, which is marked with very great creative strength of mind. Olga Okuneva participated in a large number of international art and cultural projects across the world: Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Netherlands, Spain and USA. She is close to the minds and hearts of Indian people, as she visited the country many a time and demonstrated her solo and group exhibitions in different parts of India. Expressing her satisfaction in sharing her love with India, the beautiful people and wonderful nature, Olga Okuneva expressed her profound gratitude to the RCSC for showcasing her art works.