The original version of the website was created in 2009 and became the first online platform in Ukraine for traditional artists. The platform has quickly grown into a large community and artist gallery with over 10,000 registered artists and nearly half a million artworks.


The goal of is to help the other 99% of professional artists to ensure fair compensation for their talent.


It is no secret that most professional artists struggle financially. There are many ways to sell cheap amateur art at some scale. The top 1% of artists that pass the industry gatekeepers earn a lot. But there are a lot of artists in between these 2 extremes.

We want to combine all possible ways of monetization and create a democratic platform for every artist.

We believe that it is this approach that can destroy the existing barriers between artists and the audience, promote the emergence of new ideas and views that can renew the art world.

In the 21st century, it is time to rethink traditional approaches to exhibiting and selling art, ensuring greater inclusivity and openness, allowing every artist to have the opportunity to be heard and valued for their contribution.

The project develops without external funding or sponsorship and exists at the expense of the founder Stepan Orda, who gathered a team of like-minded people willing to make their own contribution to the support and development of independent art. We take every step independently and are inspired by our community.
Thank you to everyone who is with us! Together to victory! 🇺🇦


From the founder of ARTS.CENTER

The original version of the site was created in 2009 as a pet project by Stepan Orda. It quickly grew to a big artist community and gallery with more than 10k registered artists and almost half a million of artwork.

Over the years it became somewhat profitable but not enough to be a full-time job. Most of the profit was coming from the advertisement since the site wasn’t taking any commissions on sales.

In 2014, when russia first time in modern history invaded Ukraine, site income came to a grinding halt. Site was hacked multiple times by russian special forces, they posted propaganda and ended up making a mass mailing accusing the site administration of standard russian propaganda talking points. At this point, the site stopped being profitable and wasn’t even paying for servers.

Over the years it was on life support and only critical bugs were fixed. Had to feed the family and 2 kids, so I couldn't afford to spend much time on a project that wasn’t making any money. But I was dreaming of bringing it back to life at some point. A lot of people still used it so I didn’t want to just shut it down.

In 2020 I finally had the time and money to bring new life into the site. I still had a day job so couldn’t invest that much time in it so I hired a junior dev and together with him started a 100% rewrite of the site. The scrappy MVP was ready and at the end of 2021 it was launched in closed beta (only existing users were allowed, registration was disabled). The new version had a lot of problems and we were fixing them as fast as possible. I understood that this arrangement wouldn’t get me far, had some money set aside and planned to leave the work and focus on site development for at least a year. Also at this time the junior dev left me to join a big company.

I started the process of incorporation and registered a C-Corp “Arts center online inc.” in the USA. Thought through the whole process of turning a side project into a real business that would bring value to customers and will be self-sustainable.

And right after that, the full-scale invasion started. My house was destroyed in the first days but luckily we were all in Egypt at the time. So the project was postponed again while I re-settled in Portugal.

Stepan Orda CEO of

Stepan Orda



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If you share our passion and values and want to be part of global change, join us. Together we can create, support and celebrate art that will leave a lasting impression on the hearts of future generations.