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Meet Ola Rondiak and engage in meaningful discussions about her current exhibition, Behind the Lines. Rondiak’s paintings stem from her family’s experiences living in Ukraine during major historical events. Emotions surface in her work as family history intertwines with Ukrainian history and tradition. Using acrylics, collage, and mixed media, Rondiak’s iconographic portraitures of women depict a “determined and indomitable spirit.” Bold lines and patterns interrupt the surface as contrasting shapes intersect with text and color. Often referred to as “Pop Art” or “folklore,” her work recalls the icons of a historical period when saints and the Virgin Mary lined basilica walls and altarpieces. The female image loomed large, and for Ola Rondiak, the female portrait underpins the terrain for truth and dignity on her canvases.