Olga Gouskova was born in Russia, and raised in Belarus. She studied design at the Byelorussian Academy of Arts in Minsk until 1996, when she emigrated to Belgium.
The subjects of her portraits are mysterious and often melancholic female figures. Gouskova uses various kinds of pens to add detail to her acrylic paintings. These bold lines are intended to convey deep emotions, memories, and ambivalence, she says. ‘My paintings are about feelings and states of mood, about dreams and expectations.’
Her work has been exhibited extensively in Belgium and in the Netherlands.