Oksana Mas is a world-renowned contemporary artist, creative visionary and the mastermind behind “ArtTogether,” a global participatory art project of monumental proportions aimed at eternalizing the cultural code of the modern generation by crowdsourcing the creation of the installation.
Working with a variety of mediums, Oksana employs painting and graphic art techniques, creates sculptures, installations and large-scale photo works and participates in urban construction and space design workshops across Europe.
Born in 1969 in Ukraine, Oksana graduated from the M.B. Grekov Odessa State Art School in 1992. Already an established artist, in 2003 she earned a Bachelor of Philosophy from Odessa State University. The artist boldly emerged in the 1990s by contributing to the revival of painting in the decade and later investigating relational art and scientific art practices. Oksana is currently working on a Ph.D. thesis focused on the way social media and the latest developments in digital technology allow users to co-create art.
Highlights of Oksana’s work include the “Post–vs-Proto-Renaissance” project (a prototype of the “Altarpiece of Nations” installation) presented at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011. The following year, the artist participated in the Collateral Events program of the 55th Venice Biennale with the "Quantum Prayer" project in the "Glasstress 2013" group exhibition. In 2012, Oksana won the Independent Critics Prize at the 65th Locarno International Film Festival.
Oksana’s art has been shown at multiple exhibitions worldwide, including the “Women and Art” Biennial at the Sharjah Contemporary Art Museum in 2014, the "Modus R. Russian Formalism Today” (part of the Art Basel Miami non-commercial program, 2006), the “MAS” exhibit at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art in 2008, as well as in FRIEZE (London), ARCO (Madrid), Fiac (Paris), The Armory Show (New York), Vienna Fair, Art Dubai and Art Karlsruhe.
Works by Oksana have been sold at Sotheby's, Christie’s and Phillips auctions. Her art can be found in museum and private collections in France, the United States, Great Britain, Italy, Switzerland, Japan, Ukraine, Arab Emirates, Russia and Australia.
In 2012 Oksana established the Mas Studio, where she oversees the creation of artistic concepts for jewelry, architecture, urban space design and photography. Oksana gives lectures on contemporary art at leading universities in the United States, the UK (Cambridge) and Germany. She is also a frequent guest speaker on international history of art and philosophy.
Actor Kevin Spacey selected Oksana's work "Mandala Dance," together with pieces by Tracey Emin, Banksy, Jake and Dinos Chapman and Michael Craig-Martin for a charity auction titled "Illuminating the Future," held by Christie's on February 10, 2014 in support the legendary Old Vic Theater. The ruling Prince of Monaco Albert II chose Oksana’s "Spheres of Good" installations to decorate Avenue Henri Dunant in the center of Monte-Carlo.
Oksana currently lives and works in Spain and Poland. Mas Studio has offices in London, Zurich and New York.