In this episode we interview artist Tatyana Ostapenko. We discuss her autobiographical oil paintings and what diaspora can look like in art.  

Tatyana paints with oils while “obsessing over the recent history of former Soviet Union and the daily lives of people who will never make it to the official historical records”. She was born and raised in Soviet Ukraine and currently lives in Portland, OR. She holds a BFA in Studio Practice from Portland State University. Tatyana’s work has been exhibited at the 5th Geoje International Art Festival (South Korea), Odessa Contemporary Art Biennial (Odessa, Ukraine), the Governors Island Art Fair (NYC),Cape Cod Art Museum (Dennis, MA), Littman Gallery (Portland, OR) Locker 50b (Richmond, VA) and Site: Brooklyn (NY, NY) and other local and national venues. Her work can be found at

Also discussed in this episode, the Wende Museum in California. More info: