The original Grand Odalisque was painted by French Neoclassical painter Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres. Although he considered himself a painter of history in the tradition of Nicolas Poussin and Jacques-Louis David, by the end of his life it was Ingres’ portraits, both painted and drawn, that were recognized as his greatest legacy.
Galina Evangelista was born and raised in Russia. She studied art through her school years and graduated from Art Academy in the Estonia Republic of Soviet Russia. In 1977, she left St. Petersburg and immigrated to the United States. In New York, she attended Parsons School of Design and moved to Los Angeles to pursue her art career. In Los Angeles, she worked as an art director for more than 17 years, at which time she opened her own art school in Hermosa Beach. She taught children and adults for more than seven years until she moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. With a passion for portrait art, she specialized in oil painting but is also accomplished in pastels, acrylics, and watercolors. Her latest focus is on her murals and mosaic. Her style is realistic and evidenced in her academic renaissance approach. She favors 16th to 19th-century fine art, which includes styles from artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Botticelli, Rembrandt, David, Leighton, and Bouguereau. She has belonged to art societies and has many awards to her credit. Galina has expanded into the realm of literature and has authored four books.