Galina Khailu was born in 1958 in the village Kurganinsk in the Krasnodar region. Her artistic abilities were discovered by a school art teacher. He insisted that Khailu should study at an art school and she followed his advice.
As soon as Khailu finished the eighth grade she decided to go to a technical school and study architecture. She argued that there were many artists around, but architecture was a rare profession.
After attending the technical school, Khailu realised that working in her specialty was rather boring and she chose the traditional route for a Soviet artist — she started to work as a painter and decorator in her own time.
Khailu says that everything she has practiced in her life was an artistic experiment. When she gave birth to her two sons, Khailu gave herself over to them and their upbringing completely. But in the year 2000 she decided to devote herself once again to painting and exhibiting. She accomplished several interesting exhibitions with her husband, the artist Sergey Polupanov.
Khailu works with enthusiasm and likes experimenting with diverse media. Once she tried to use interfacing cloth instead of canvas. Later she came up with the idea of using empty juice cartons as a painting surface. She cut the cartons and attached the pieces to canvas or cloth lining, with the silver side outwards. She then painted grey and brown over the dimly shining background and a monochromatic postindustrial reality is created.
Children are often seen in Khailu’s pictures. She depicts them as being vulnerable and alone in the wide world and at the same time abstracted and isolated from the reality. It may be that a child surrounded by such disquieting symbols as crossings, passages and tunnels is metaphorical for modern man and the conflict between his inner world and the outward environment.