In the art of Tistol, which emerged at the intersection of the Soviet and post-Soviet eras, there is a synthesis that revisits the clichés of Soviet culture and the vitality and exuberance that defined the essence of the Ukrainian "New Wave." In his early works, Tistol combined national and Soviet symbols, myths, or utopias. The artist's works, both early and contemporary, represent the characteristic features of the "Ukrainian New Wave": vivid expressiveness, openness, and emphasized excess combined with avant-garde interpretations of historical narratives, images, and motifs of national culture.
The series "Ai Petri" consists of around 300 works depicting Mount Ai-Petri. Oleh Tistol began working on this series on the eve of February 24, 2022, and continued during the full-scale invasion after a two-week creative pause as a reflection on the events. Tistol's mountains are filled with a play of meanings, symbols, and codes. Realistic depictions of mountain peaks of various colors are painted on the canvases, with stenciled ornaments applied on top, carrying significant meaning for the artist—they serve as a journey through the history of art, incorporating elements of the Renaissance, pop art, and Hutsul paper cutting.