Doll master Olga Yegupets
Russian artist, doll master Olga Yegupets (nee Sergeyeva) was born into a family of artists, in Kazakhstan. She grew up and studied in the northern town of Russia – Nadym. In 1994, Olga entered Abramtsevo Industrial Arts College where she studied artistic ceramics to become an artist-master of arts and crafts. After graduating from the College with honors in 2000, she entered Moscow Pedagogical University, faculty of Art graphics, from which she graduated with a degree in Applied and folk art. Creativity of Olga Yegupets became very popular among collectors and lovers of art dolls, both in Russia and abroad. When making her cute dolls, Olga uses a variety of materials, including plastics, Paper clay, La Doll, and others. All dolls are made by hand, without the use of pre-printed forms. Each work is made in one piece.
While in college, Olga began to manufacture small ceramic souvenirs, exposing them in a variety of art galleries in Moscow. In 2000 she decided to try to make dolls. At first it was small size works made from clay. The first he work was a plastic doll “Angel in love”.
In winter 2001, Olga took part in a Christmas show on Arbat street in Moscow. So, since 2001, the works of Olga Yegupets participate in the permanent exhibition of artistic dolls in doll gallery “Vakhtanov” by Irina Myzina. Olga – a participant of various thematic and international exhibitions. The annual catalog “Author’s doll art” produced by the gallery included her works.
In October 2004, Olga Yegupets presented 13 works at her solo exhibition “Retro Ball”, with a presentation of her book “Doll from paper clay”, that marked the beginning of a series of illustrated editions of “Secrets of the puppet masters”, produced by the publishing house “Design – Kora.”
In 2005, Olga was invited to the school of puppet design of Svetlana Voskresenskaya, to conduct workshops for the manufacture of plastic dolls. Gathering a large audience, her master classes became a success.
Winter of 2006, one of the works of Olga participated in a charity auction “Give Life”, founded by the initiative group “Donors to Children”.
In the fall of 2006 and 2007 Olga took part in the International Doll Salon in Moscow, in different thematic projects of Vakhtanov gallery.
In 2007 Olga joined the Artists Union of Russia.
In December 2007, within the framework of the anniversary, the 10th International Exhibition of art dolls, Vakhtanov gallery presented a special project by Olga Yegupets “12 different …” united by the theme “Seasons”, with the presentation of her new books in the series “Secrets of the puppet master Olga Yegupets.”
In 2008, Olga held a series of master classes in Perm, Yekaterinburg and Kiev.
In autumn 2009, the work of Olga Yegupets “Time” was published in the Big Illustrated Encyclopedia “Art dolls”, whose author is a theater historian, theater critic, director of the theater of dolls of Obraztsov – Boris Goldovsky.
In the spring of 2011, Olga starts cooperation with the TV channel “Rural Life”, and came to filming the first season of the TV project “Dolls,” which is a series of eight television master classes on creating work “Tea Rose”.
In the fall of 2013, the TV channel “Rural Life” comes out the 2nd season of the program “Dolls” in which Olga Yegupets introduced to the viewers the manufacture of her new work “Coco.”
In December 2013, within the framework of the 4th international exhibition “Art Dolls” was her third solo exhibition of dolls – “Stories that didn’t happen”, with the presentation of six new works of the author.
In February 2014, in Moscow hotel-museum “Metropol”, was an international contest for the best representatives of the world of art dolls, where Olga Yegupets became the winner of the 1st International Competition “Pandora PLATINUM” in the “Doll of traditional materials executed in a single copy”.