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About Artist


Artist statement

From the early childhood I felt that all things and nature have inner content. I watched and tried to understand, what is it like? Feeling that everything around me is alive and filled with mysterious energy, I was aware that this energy is fairly distributed everywhere. And I knew how this energy looks like and saw it in dreams and just with my eyes closed. So I tried to express it in my drawings.
I learned to draw on my own, watching the nature and inspired by paintings of beloved artists. I drew with ink and water-color, and made couple of paintings with oil. Then for the first time I tried to express energy part of the world in drawing and painting by means of patterns. Then I was taught to paint with egg tempera. Later I have improved the old recipe of paint to make colors more persistent and vivid. I have added essential oils, and recently fluorescent pigments. Now, I am painting with this material as it let me express my feelings in the most precise way.
I take subjects for my paintings from ancient legends, real life and my dreams. Music has always been of great importance for me; it seems that I have not worked out a single painting without listening to the music. It helps me to achieve creative meditation; so I choose the music according to subject and energetic content of the particular painting. Sometime it is possible to achieve such deep concentration that without noticing the work itself I just feel how the energy contained in environment around me is transferred to canvas through myself.
Despite permanent changes in external life, I am steadily being inspired by same things - love to the nature, world and people, respect to the heritage, spiritual achievements of multinational human community. Nationalism of any form, as any discrimination per skin color, age, gender or caste always deeply offend me.

Awards and Recognition

Included in the catalogue "Russian cosmists of XX-XXI centuries" published by International Centre of Roerichs.

Awarded Lifetime Membership of Contemporary Art Gallery Online.

Received Certificate of Honor at 9th Art Contest by Artavita for the painting 'Billie sings. Billie loves. Billie is happy'.

Awarded 'Best of Show' for the painting 'Free' at Dreams Art Competition sponsored by Focus Point Shape International Online Art Gallery in March 2014.

Nominee of Artavita 10 contest with painting 'Arabesque Flame'.

Special Recognition for the painting 'Billie sings. Billie loves. Billie is happy' at Figurative Art Exhibition of Light Space & Time Online Gallery, May 2014.

Finalist of the Em*bodied Art online competition by ArtScene Today with painting 'Arabesque Flame'.

Winner of the Traditions juried exhibition by Linus Art Galleries with graphics 'Secret of a Rhythm'.

Graphics 'Roots of life in the beginnings' and 'Temptation with fruit' selected for grand opening exhibition of Colors of Humanity Art Gallery.

Painting 'Someone's Footprint on the Universe's Face' selected for juried exhibition 'Pure Abstraction' of Gallery 25N.

Special Recognition for the painting 'Different Spaces. Intro' at 'Abstracts' Art Exhibition of Light Space & Time Online Gallery.

4th place in 'Abstract' competition by Contemporary Art Gallery Online with the painting 'Someone's Footprint on the Universe's Face'.

Painting 'Master of Creative Forces' is featured at 1st VirArtgallery Prize 2015.

Painting 'Armageddon. Thinking Movement' selected as runner-up of the second annual Portrait of a Professional Artist call by Professional Artist magazine.

Painting 'Different Spaces. Indigo' has been selected by the Fusion Art gallery for the International online juried art exhibition Colorful Abstractions.

Painting 'Gates of Sun are open' has been awarded with 2nd place diploma in nomination 'Ethnography and contemporary' at International festival-competition "EthnoArtFest 2016".

Painting 'Master of creative forces' won 1st place in nomination 'Professional' at International art exhibition-contest 'Lighting the stars' of Worldwide art-project 'The place where the light is'.

Painting 'Tree of birds' won 1st place and gold medal in nomination 'Professional' at art exhibition-contest 'Encylopedia of artist' of international art-project 'The facets'.

Critical Acclaim

Agora Gallery

A self-taught artist from an early age, Lola carries an appreciation for the mysterious origins of creation and living energies of nature into her present works, bringing a mythic symbolism and deeply philosophic meaning to her art. Through her globally inspired works one discovers the ancient knowledge and wisdom of the teachings of peoples long lost to history as well as the permanence of the values of our shared heritage, to be found in the roots of humanity.

ARTisSpectrum Magazine

Lola Lonli mixes global iconography, mysticism, and real-life cultural figures to create intricate images that layer pattern with surreal representation.

Manhattan Arts International

Positive messages, rhythmic, swirling patterns, intense colors, and bold design characterize her works of art. She combines unique and skillful painting, drawing and mixed media techniques with egg tempera and florescent pigment.

Professional Artist magazine

Her inspirational art works come to fruition when she is in deep concentration. Her art seems to automatically flow through her onto the canvas.

The International Roerich Memorial Trust (IRMT)

Her paintings reflect the myths and legends of Africa, Egypt and India. They are pregnant with profound philosophical meaning and complex symbolism and reveal the artist’s deeply personal sentiment and perception. ... Her works are executed in a highly individual exquisite style based on the layer egg tempera technique with the use of mineral pigments and ether oils. Phosphorescent pigments make her paintings particularly mysterious and beautiful.

The International Roerich Memorial Trust (IRMT)

...It is noteworthy that the master classes she regularly conducts in the International Centre of the Roerichs, Moscow, enjoy great popularity. Lola Lonli teaches adults and children to use tempera and skillfully develops their imagination and individual expression. Her master class on the “Holy Himalayan Rivers” in the Himalayan Roerich Estate resulted in a wide range of beautiful works by the children and youth that participated in the competition. She confirmed that Indian and Tibetan children were successful in conveying the most important thing: the beauty of nature, the might of the Himalayas and the sanctifying purity of their rivers, and also in revealing the holistic nature and the underlying unity of creation, its interconnectedness and infinity.

The International Roerich Memorial Trust (IRMT)

...Lola Lonli's paintings reflect the spiritual life of the Himalayas, the mysterious world that is told about by myths and which can only be seen through the eyes of the heart... her paintings carry light and beauty in them and are very close in spirit to the traditional Indian art, which is based on inner spiritual vision and meditation.

NTD Television


Up to date I have participated in more than 100 exhibitions, out of them more than 50 were my solo exhibitions.

Here are some selected:

1989 - “Destiny of Roads”, Riga, Latvia, my first group exhibition

1993 - “Invitation to Journey”, Moscow, Russia, with group of artists named “Union of African Persons”

1999 - first solo exhibition “Roots of Life are growing into Heaven”, “Yakimanka” gallery, Moscow, Russia

2000 - solo exhibition “Living Legends of Eternity”, Museum of Nicholas Roerich, Moscow, Russia.

2006 - solo exhibition "Out of the Heart of the Legends", Museum of Nicholas Roerich, Moscow, Russia

2010 - group exhibition and fest “Cosmic mystery”, Museum of Nicholas Roerich, Moscow, Russia

2012 - group exhibition "Symphony of Color", Agora gallery, New York City, US

2013 - group exhibition "Parallax Art Fair", Chelsea Old Town Hall, London, UK.

2013 - solo exhibition "Multicolored Sparks of Universe", Museum of Nicholas Roerich, Moscow, Russia

2013 - group exhibition "Art Cocktail", Belfry, Brugge, Belgium.

2013 - large-scale retrospective exhibition "Russian Cosmists of XX-XXI centuries", Museum of Nicholas Roerich, Moscow, Russia.

2014 - three group exhibitions "Parallax Art Fair", Chelsea Old Town Hall, London, UK.

2014 - curated the group exhibition 'Unity' of contemporary Russian Cosmist artists in Museum of Nicholas Roerich, Moscow, Russia

2014 - group exhibition "Plurality", Camden Image Gallery, London, UK.

2015 - group exhibition "Blend", Camden Image Gallery, London, UK.

2015 - group exhibition "Duality", Camden Image Gallery, London, UK.

2015 - group exhibition "Unity in Variety III", Gabriel Fine Art, London, UK.

2015 - Amsterdam International Art Fair, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

2015 - group exhibition "Timelessness", Gabriel Fine Art, London, UK.

2016 - solo exhibition "Flyr med Musikken", Galleri Fjoset, Oslo, Norway.

2016 - group exhibition "EthnoArtFest", Rossotrudnichestvo, London, UK.

2016 - group exhibition "Kunst elva rundt", Drammen, Norway.

2016 - solo exhibition "From ancient legends to the New World", International Roerich Memorial Trust, Naggar, India.

2016 - group exhibition "Spectrum Miami", US.

2017 - solo exhibition "New World", Museum of Nicholas Roerich, Moscow, Russia

2017 - International art exhibition-contest 'Lighting the stars' of Worldwide art-project 'The place where the light is', Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia.

2019 - solo exhibition "There Heaven walks the Earth", International Roerich Memorial Trust, Naggar, India.

2019 - solo exhibition "Unity of Legends", Kaja cultural center, Tallinn, Estonia.


Lola Lonli was born in town of Yelets in Lipetsk Oblast, Russia. She spent her childhood in a village in the Zagorsky (Sergievo-Posadskiy) District of Moscow Region, Russia.In 1988, graduated from 8th class of secondary school #2 in Novo-Sinkovo village in Dmitrovsky District, Moscow Oblast. Entered college of arts named after year 1905 in Moscow. Left the college after first grade.
At the age of two, she started to draw. At the age of four, during a visit to Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra (monastery), she decided she wanted to be an artist. By the age of 15, without assistance, she mastered the techniques of India ink drawing and oil painting. From that time she generally resides in Moscow.
Since 1993, she has been developing and mastering her own technique of painting with the paints of her own creation, consisting of egg tempera with natural mineral pigments and essential oils. She is studying, on her own, anthropology, ethnography, the mythology of various nations, and diverse techniques of drawing and painting.
The first public exhibition of her art was in 1989 at a show called the "Destiny of Roads" in Riga, Latvia.
From 1993 to 1995, she participated in joint exhibitions with a group of artists called "Union of African Persons". The first of those exhibitions, called "Invitation to Journey", was held in Moscow in 1993. In 1994 and 1995, together with the Union of African Persons and the Institute of African Studies (part of the Russian Academy of Sciences), she organized two exhibitions that included music, lectures, selling of African handicrafts, international meetings, and business seminars. From then on, her every exhibition is usually associated with performances of some kind.
In 1996, she joined the Creative Artists Union of Russia and The International Federation of Artists, Moscow branch, drawing department.
In 1999, her first solo exhibition, "Roots of Life are growing into Heaven", was held in the Yakimanka gallery in Moscow.
Since 1999, she began cooperation with Moscow International Centre of Roerichs, Museum of Nicholas Roerich, and its director, L. V. Shaposhnikova. In 2000, Lola had first solo exhibition in this museum, "Living Legends of Eternity". Later she had three more solo exhibitions in the Museum: “From the heart of legends” in 2006, “Multicolored sparks of Universe” in 2013 and “New World” in 2017. The last exhibition was closed due to the Museum seizure and paintings were returned to the author only after three months. Lola Lonli was as well among organizers and participants of the festival “Cosmic Mystery” in 2010 and of the charity vernissage “Unity” in 2014. There are 15 paintings by Lola Lonli in the collection of International Center of Roerichs. These paintings participated in the exhibitions “Unearthly Worlds of Earthly Artists" in 2003, “At the shores of different worlds” in 2011, “Russian cosmists of XX-XXI centuries” in 2013, “Tuned to the space” in 2018. From 2014 until seizure of the Museum, Lola conducted workshops of tempera painting there.
In 1999, Lola started to cooperate with Ural branch of International league for culture protection, its vice-president V.P.Anufriev. From 2000 through 2006, with support of the League, she carried 15 solo exhibitions in cities and towns in the Ural region, starting in Yekaterinburg.
In 2000, she moved to city of Nikolaev, Ukraine, where joined an artists' community called "Club of women artists", and had twelve exhibitions with the Club.
In 2001, basing on her own experience of self-study, she established her own method of art education applicable to students of any age and background. She established an art school called "Treasure of the World" in Nikolaev. More than 60 people have attended the school, and 11 exhibitions of students' artwork have been held in Nikolaev, Kherson, and Ochakov. Students' artwork has been entered in several contests, and they have been given awards at three consecutive biennales of The V. V. Vereshchagin Nikolaev Art Museum. At the contest "Peace to the Earth – Flag of Peace in the Hands of Children", held in 2006 by the International Centre of Roerichs, all artworks were awarded diplomas, and two of them were printed in Culture and Time magazine. In 2015, the art school “Treasure of the World” was reopened at International Center of Roerichs.
In 2017, there was an exhibition of Lola’s students from art school at Museum of Nicholas Roerich. In 2001, Lola joined Nikolaev society of Nicholas Roerich, "Light in the Way". Since 2002, she has been a member of the board of this society. From 2000 to 2008, she had around 20 exhibitions in cities and towns of Ukraine, some of them with the support of this society.
Since 2005, she has collaborated with the Nikolaev poets' society "Ninth Sphinx" and styled its literary anthology of the same name. There were many poetic and musical performances at her exhibitions, including those in Moscow, Nikolaev, and Dniepropetrovsk.
In 2009, Lola returned to Moscow There she held several art-music performances with slide shows of her artworks in Moscow clubs in collaboration with the bands "Rada and Blackthorn", "Afrikanda", and "Afru".
From 2010 she participates in exhibitions and art competitions by art community "Wind of Wanderings" where her paintings were awarded with diplomas and gold medal.
In 2011, she joined the Artists Trade Union of Russia, Moscow branch.
In 2011, Lola started to use fluorescent pigments in her paintings (shining in Black light) to better depict the energetic picture of the world.
From 2011 to 2013, she was represented in the US by the Agora Gallery, New York City. In 2012, she participated in the exhibition "Symphony of Color" there.
In 2013-2015 she participated in "Parallax Art Fair", as well as in exhibitions at galleries Camden Image Gallery, Gabriel Fine Art in London.
She took part in the international project "Art Cocktail" held in Bruges, Belgium, in November 2013.
In 2013-2016, her solo exhibition "Space of Earthly Legends" traveled through cities and towns of Siberia (Novosibirsk, Kemerovo and around).
From 2013, Lola Lonli’s art is represented in Norway by Kunst Uten Grensen (Gudim Handel) company. In February 2016, they organized solo exhibition “Flying with Music” at Galleri Fjoset, Oslo, Norway, and participated in several group exhibitions and events.
In 2015 and 2017, she participated in Amsterdam International Art Fair, Amsterdam, where has been noted by the jury of the art competition.
In 2016, her solo exhibition “From the ancient legends to the New World” took place in the exhibition hall of International Roerich Memorial Trust, Naggar, India (Roerich mansion).
In 2018, at city museum-exhibition center of Tver, there was the exhibition “We all are from the depth of the stars…” of Lola Lonli’s paintings together with artworks of winners of 1st International competition of children’s art “We are children of the Space” conducted by Charitable Foundation named after Helena Roerich.
Since 2018, Lola started to work in new mixed technique, combining tempera painting with acrylic drawing on canvas. The first artwork of this style won 1st place and gold medal in nomination 'Professional' at art exhibition-contest 'Encylopedia of artist' of international art-project 'The facets. New series of artworks was first presented in 2019 with support from Charitable Foundation named after Helena Roerich at solo exhibition “Where Heaven walks the Earth” in Library named after Grimm Brothers in Moscow. Then it was exhibited in Vladikavkaz and in the exhibition hall of International Roerich Memorial Trust, Naggar, India (Roerich mansion).


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