Inna Olshansky was born in Russia in 1965. She earned her degree in fine arts in Tashkent, Uzbekistan (the former Soviet Union, and explored many different mediums and techniques prior to choosing to specialize in clay and oil paint. Inna developed her own way of expression, demonstrating a broad free style.
Inna moved to Israel in 1993 where she has worked as an artist since. She immediately began to feel a rebirth of her Jewish identity and experienced deepened feelings of closeness to the Jewish people, their traditions and to the land of Israel. She expresses this affection by creating pieces of art, mostly in Judaica and Jewish themes.
Inna describes her artistic process as follows: "I work very intuitively. Starting with a raw idea or concept, I usually have only a vague, nebulous collection of ideas to begin. As I set up the structure of the sculpture, the vision becomes more real and solid in my mind... the elements I want to use, the overall look of the form... the attitude of the head, the expression and shape of the face all start to become more solid in my imagination. One part of the design is confirmed, leading to the next and the next element. Until I get my hands on the clay, I am never sure exactly what the end result will be. My way of working is to be guided by my instincts and to let the flow of ideas take me where they will. The evolution of ideas, shapes, forms, technical challenges, and design elements constantly circulate through my mind until connections start to be made and the art comes though."