Ola Volo is a Canadian mural artist and illustrator from Kazakhstan with a distinctive style drawn from folklore, multiculturalism and identity. Her intricate works bring animals, people, architecture and nature together to articulate diverse stories rich with symbolism and elaborate forms.
Ola creates complex narratives that acknowledge the subtleties of human nature while celebrating the little surprises of everyday life.
Ola’s female characters symbolize empowerment – they carry a message of liberation in a world without prejudice where people are free to choose their own path. The characters take up large walls, occupy public spaces and inspires everyone to take their own leap. Ola’s hope is to connect people with this Mural through its folkloric aesthetics, as folklore itself is a universal visual language.
Hear more about Volo, her artistic process and inspiration in the interview below.
Photos © 2020 Chelsea Yang-Smith, © 2020 Eric Gonzalez