Olexandra Pryveda graduated from Lviv College of
Applied Arts in 1974 and in 1982 from the Lviv State
Institute of Applied and Decorative Arts, department
of artistic textiles. She has participated in
international, national and regional exhibitions.
Her work can be found in private collections of
Ukraine, Russia, Germany, Japan, Italy, Czeck
Republic, France, UK, USA, Canada and Austria. She
has exhibited in solo shows in 1993 at Lviv, and in
1996 at Vienne.
Pryveda is a member of the Artists, Union of
Ukraine. Shes a contemporary visual and textile
artist, who is also highly skilled in several
important Ukrainian folk art forms - the egg
decorating tradition of pysanky, straw weaving and
decorations, paper cutting, and hand woven
Pysanka is an ancient tradition that dates back to
the 3rd century B.C. In the Ukraine, eggs are a
powerful symbol for fertility, the rebirth of the
earth and the coming of spring. The tradition of
decorating eggs is often associated with spring
religious celebrations such as Easter.
Oleksandra's ancestors believed in the divine powers
of straw and grain. The last sheaf of grain
harvested from the field each year would be revered
and kept in the house until the next harvest. There
are many Ukrainian rituals and traditions associated
with straw, including the belief that it could
predict the future. Straw weavings were made for
many of these rituals.