Olia Lialina (May 4 1971, Moscow) is a pioneering Internet artist and theorist, an experimental film and video critic and curator.
Lialina graduated in 1993 after studying film criticism and journalism at Moscow State University, followed by art residencies at C3 (Budapest, 1997) and Villa Waldberta (Munich, 1998).
In 1994 she was one of the founders, and later director, of Cine Fantom, an experimental cinema club in Moscow that she co-founded together with Gleb Aleinikov, Andrej Silvestrov, Boris Ukhananov, Inna Kolosova and others.
Lialina taught at New Media Lab (Moscow, 1994), Joint Art Studios (Moscow, 1995), University of Westminster (London, 1997), MUU (Helsinki, 1997), Kunst Academiet (Trondheim, 1998); Fachhochschule (Augsburg, 1998), University of Graz (1998) and Akademie der Bildenden Künste München (Munich, 1998–99). In 1999 Lialina became a teacher and course director at the New Media pathway program at the Merz Akademie in Stuttgart.
Art Teleportacia is the online gallery of Lialina's work. Some...of her artwork is maintained in the computerfinearts collection at the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, Cornell University.
Her 1996 work My Boyfriend Came Back From The War is a seminal piece in the history of 1990s internet art and has been referenced and remixed across platforms. Her work has recently been exhibited at the Kitchen in New York, Whitechapel Gallery in London, and the New Museum in New York, among other venues.