Vlada Ralko (b. 1969 in Kyiv, Ukraine) works with painting, graphics, installation, and creates art books. In 1994, she graduated from the painting department of the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture in Kyiv. Ralko is the recipient of the All-Ukrainian Triennial of Painting Award (2001) and a CCN Graz Scholarship (2007). She is also the winner of the He for She: Women In Arts award (2019). In her works, the artist often addresses questions of identity within relevant social and political contexts, delving into the existential depths of pain and suffering within a collective body. Her brushwork is emotional, robust, and contrastive, while her palette is saturated.
Vlada Ralko has had solo and group exhibitions, including "Kaleidoscope of (Hi)stories. Ukrainian Art 1912-2023" at Albertinum, Dresden (DE); "Vlada Ralko & Volodymyr Budnikov: Questioning the Visible" at Galeria Arsenal, Bialystok (PL); "Women at War" at Fridman Gallery in collaboration with Voloshyn Gallery, New York (USA); "Ukraine: Short Stories: Contemporary artists from Ukraine" at MAXXI National Museum of 21st Century Arts, Rome (IT); "The phantom of liberty. Version" at Galeria Arsenal, Bialystok (PL), and others.