Olya Salimova is an artist born and raised in Russia but now living in US. She considers how her body has crossed borders and become a transplant. Transformation and hybridity are the ideas and methods that guide her art practice. Salimova holds her BFA degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with her previous degree in philology and English, and an MBA. Her multivalent life and work experiences – from translation to project management and from bodybuilding to arts – manifest themselves in experimentations with many materials, techniques and approaches. Salimova exhibited her work in multiple group exhibitions and online. Her solo show Beesworks took place at SITE Galleries, Chicago, IL, in September, 2021.