WOSKOBIJNYK (WOSKOB) UKRAINIAN ART EXHIBITION

Paintings by fifteen Ukrainian artists
The Ukrainian institute of America, NY
November 12, 1998
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Today, with the re-emergence of independent Ukraine, the cultural and artistic process looks more like a rebirth. Ukrainians, dispersed throughout the world, separated through the ages by empires, today are uniting in their love for the land of their ancestors.
 
Among numerous Ukrainians in the diaspora, a respected Ukrainian family in the U.S., Halyna and Oleksiy Woskobijnyk (Woskob) play an important role in the process of Ukrainian rebirth. They are well known due to their charitable activity in Ukraine in the field of science and publishing. An important and interesting aspect in promoting Ukrainian art abroad is their collection of more than five hundred artworks of the Ukrainian artists of the XX century. The uniqueness of their collection, considering its stylistic diversity, is the Ukrainian direction of its content and its form of expression.

Although the exhibition includes the artworks of the world-renowned masters, the emphasis is on the works of the young artists whose talents during today's economic difficulties in Ukraine require moral and especially financial support. Thus, this exibition promotes young Ukrainian artists.

The Woskobijnyk (Woskob) family collection has over time grown from a considerable assembly of contemporary Ukrainian art into an important nucleus of Ukranian culture in the USA. This was accomplished simply because the collection proprietors are people of action, people who are inspired by the idea of development and integrity of the Ukrainian culture. They are people who desire for Ukraine to establish a good name for herself within the international community. At the same time they work hard to nurture the identity which the Ukrainian community has established for itself in diaspora.

This is the goal of the exhibition of Ukrainian artists, primarily of the late XX century from the private collection of the Woskobijnyk (Woskob) family, respected citizens of the USA, patriots of Ukraine who have dedicated their lives to the causes of goodness, spirituality and beauty. May the open doors of this unique exhibition and the open hearts of its organizers bestow upon its visitors the feeling of community with the world of Ukrainian art- the art which reflects the dreams, joys and tribukations of Ukrainian people.

IVAN BALDUKHA
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        Crucifiction of Jesus, 1977
                   oil on canvas


Ivan Baldukha  was born in 1954 in the  village  of Slobodyshche, Vinnytsya oblast. From 1975
to 1980 he studied at the art studio of the Palace of Culture in Kyiv. At the same time he studied
privately at  the studio of Victor Zaretsky. In  1980  Ivan entered the Kyiv Academy of Art,
completing his  studies in painting with distinction in 1986.
His paintings are on display in the galleries of ten different countires, and a documentary film
about him was made in 1997.
 
At present he is painting religious murals on the walls of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Coopers
City, Florida, USA.
 
He works primarily in the area of religious art and has painted over 2500 icons.
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        Chornobyl Madonna, 1990
                  oil on canvas
        The Annunciation, 1997
                oil on canvas

OLEKSANDR IVAKHNENKO

Oleksandr Ivakhnenko graduated from the Kyiv Academy of Art with a degree in book design. Later he went on to perfect his skills at a n art studio associated with the USSR Academy of Arts in Kyiv.
A resident of Kyiv, his interests include book illustrating and painting. Ivakhnenko turned to the traditions of Ukrainian folk artists in a attempt to more accuratively convey in his illustrations the stylistic distinctiveness of the outstanding XIX century Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko.

The etchings Ivakhnenko completed for the collection of the poet's lyrics "Cherry Orchard by the House" stand out for their form and content, symbolism, decorativeness, presentation of
characters, and clear precise composition.

In illustrating Shevchenko's elegies Ivakhnenko is a subtle lyric poet while in doing his tragic poems he sharply alters his artistic intonation to convey the poet's spirit of struggle for the freedom and equality of the Ukrainian people.
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                    Harvest
                      oil on canvas
            Spas (Fruit Blessing)
                      oil on canvas
OLEKSA HRYSHCHENKO

Oleksa Hryshchenko was born in southern Ukraine in 1883. He studied phylology and biology at the universities of Kyiv, Moscow and St. Petersburg and at the same time took an interest in painting. In 1909-1910 he studied at the Moscow School of Art. Before World War I he traveled to Paris and Italy and became an admirer of modern painting, particularly cubism.

Rather than remain in Moscow after the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 he fled south to Constantinople in 1919 where he befriended the American art collector Thomas Whittemore who purchased 66 of his watercolor paintings. In 1921 he moved to Paris where his watercolors were put on exhibit together with the paintings of Ferdinand Legier.

After 1924 he lived in southern France where he married. His artworks were exhibited in the leading galleries of Paris and Europe. Today over 200 of his artworks are located in the collections of the USA and Canada.
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        En Montat a Eyuob, 1920         Matelots a'la Corne d'Or, 1920

OLEKSANDR ARCHIPENKO

Oleksandr Archipenko, a Ukrainian sculptor and painter, was born in 1887 in Kyiv. He created a new style of depicting human figure. In 1908 Archipenko moved to Paris. In Paris he created some of his most important artworks. In 1912 he opened his own school of sculpture.

In 1921 Archipenko moved to Berlin and established another school of sculpture. When he moved to the United States in 1923 he continued teaching and opened schools of sculpture in various cities. Archipenko is noted for his cubist and purely abstract works. His figures often have an opening through them and he made great use of it. Though the outline and the interior anatomy of Archipenko's figures might vary he remained constant to the vertical stance of the human image, and spiritually he kept its historic and symbolic presence alive.

He is best known and gained fame for his huge bronze statue "To a Destroyed City" located at the entrance of Rotterdam's harbor. Archipenko died an American citizen in 1964 shortly after casting the maquette of King Solomon.
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VICTOR ZARETSKY

Victor Zaretsky was born in 1925 in the town of Bilopillya, Sumy oblast. He graduated from the Kyiv Art Academy in 1953 and worked in the areas of decorative art and monumental painting. The works of the artist including paintings, portraits, landscapes, monumental works are located in museums and private collections both in Ukraine and abroad. The Ukrainian Academy of Art gives an annual Victor Zaretsky Award to the best young artists.

Victor Zaretsky died in 1990 in Kyiv.
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 Portrait of the actress
  Tetyana Tsymbal, 1987
                       Winter
                          oil on canvas
 

OLENA ZVYAHINTSEVA


Olena Zvyahintseva was born in 1966 in Zaporizhya. She studied at the Kharkiv Art Industrial Institute from 1986 to 1988. In 1993 Olena completed her studies at the Ukrainian Academy of Art with specialization in monumental painting.

Olea declares herself to be an artist who relying on many years of experience in the art of her native land as well as the world's art, has persistently paved her own path in painting. She trives to find a new, appropriate artistic resolution for every new painting or cycle of works she paints.
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          Old Times Duet,
               oil on canvas
     Those Who Never Run From a Storm,
               1996, oil on canvas
              Friends, 1998
                oil on canvas

ROSTISLAV ZVYAHINTSEV

Rostislav Zvyahintsev was born  in 1938 in the village of Korovskoye, Russia. He attended the Art School in Dnipropetrovsk and afterwards, in 1967, the Kyiv Art Institute, specializing in painting. At present he lives and works in the town of Rivne, Ukraine. In his works he continues the traditions of Ukrainian school of realism.

The world of Rostislav Zvyahintsev's canvases is the world of Ukrainian nature. All his works, both large canvases and small sketches, are filled with love for landscapes.

Rostislav Zvyahintsev is a member of the Union of Artists and has the title of Honored Artist of Ukraine. He participated in many national and international exhibitions.
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           Sunny Day, 1987
                 oil on canvas
            Halya Carrying Water, 1986
                          oil on canvas
            Winter, 1983
               oil on canvas
 
SOPHIA HOMENIUK

Sophia Homeniuk was born in the village of Vitivka, Cherkasy region, which is renowned for its mavelous woodcarving and painting. Her artistic mentor was her older sister Iryna.

Ms. Homeniuk paints in particular manner which is unique. She uses unique brushes made of forest grass withe short handles. At present she is the only artist who has mastered this ancient manner of painting. One of her paintings has the name "Dancing Flowers" - the name being appropriate for many of the artist's works.

A lot of the artist's paintings are inspired by folk songs, like the series "Customs and Traditions of My Village" and "Shevchenkiana" (the series of works dedicated to Taras Shevchenko). The paintings by Sophiya Homeniuk were on display around the world. She participated in many international art exhibitions.
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ANATOLIY BURTOVY

Anatliy Burtovy was born in 1961 in a small village of Guli, Kyiv oblast. He graduated from the Polygraph Institute. In 1991 three of his paintings were chosen to be shown at the prestigeous exhibition in Vienna. He was then ranked among the most promising young artists of Ukraine.

To describe Burtovy's art, one could say that he seems to show on canvas the unity of a Man, the Earth, and the Sun.

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KATERYNA KORNIYCHUK

Kateryna Korniychuk was born in 1960 in Kyiv. She completed her postgraduate studies at the Kyiv Academy of Arts in 1988. Kateryna works in color etchings, lithography, monotype, and acrylics. While many of her early color etchings capture scenes of village life, only recent years have seen her renewing her graphics. In fact, it is no longer graphics, as it is a kind of graphic-painting margin overlap which is originated from the artistic ideas of Matisse and Picasso.

She describes her current monotypes as the "neomodern period" with considerable attention given to color and form. The artist's emotions and her expressive energy are corrected by the exact logic of composition and precise drawing which helps her feelings to be better rendered.

Her works are in the museum collections in Ukraine and private collections in the United States, Canada, France, Finland, etc.

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SVITLANA NOVHORODSKA-KUCHERENKO

Svitlana Novhorodska-Kucherenko was born in 1963 in Dushanbe, Tadzhikistan. She studied at the Dnipropetrovsk Art School from 1979 to 1983. Her works are imbodiment of the spirit of beauty and caress the eyes with their lyrics and warmth. They instill nostalgia for the Ukrainian past, both actual and imagined, so masterfully described and depicted by the writers and artists of the 19th century. The artist draws her inspiration from the eternal springs of the Ukrainian folklore.

She participated in art exhibitions both in Ukraine and abroad. Her works are in the collections of those who admire Ukrainian culture in the USA, Canada, Germany, Japan, etc.
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     Ukrainian National Dancers
                   oil on canvas
          Ukrainian National Dancers
                       oil on canvas
      Ukrainian National Dancers
                     oil on canvas

YURI KUCHERENKO

Yuri Kucherenko was born in 1963 in Kirovohrad region, Ukraine. He completed his studies at the Kyiv Academy of Art in 1992. The artist's favorite characters are generalized images of Cossacks and Cossack girls in love, specific well-known historical figures and contemporaries. He is attracted by Ukrainian glorious past and is enchanted by the naive and simultaneously wise of folk art and is especially enamored by the theme of Cossack emancipation.

Yuri Kucherenko participated in Ukrainian and international art exhibits. His paintings are in the private collections of Ukraine, USA, Canada and other countries.
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            Metropolitan Petro Mohyla &
      Archimandrite Elisay Pletenetskiy
                  Cossack Mamai
                      oil on canvas

MYKOLA VARENNIA

Mykola Varennia was born in 1942 in Bila Tserkva, Kyiv oblast. He completed his studies at the Kyiv Art Academy, department of painting,  in 1978. He works in studio, monumental and decorative painting. A cycle of works in the style of impressionism and landscapes of Ivano-Frankivsk area have brought widespread recognition to the artist.

Mykola Varennia participated in several international art exhibitions.

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                Landscape
                    oil on canvas
                 Landscape
                     oil on canvas
                 Landscape
        
              oil on canvas

SERHIY KARPENKO

Serhiy Karpenko was born in 1965 in Kozyatyn, Vinnytska oblast. After finishing high school Serhiy served in the army. From 1988 to 1993 he studied at the Kyiv State Institute of Physical Education and later worked as a teacher of physical education at a village school. Since 1993 Serhiy Karpenko has been working as a wood carver.
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                     Rest, 1996
                           wood carving
              Tranquility, 1995
                     wood carving
              Gypsy Camp, 1997
                     wood carving

ANATOLIY KONOVALENKO

Anatoliy Konovalenko was born in 1950 in Opishne, Poltava region. He began his artistic career in 1973. In early 1998 he received the title of Decorative Art Master of Ukraine. Anatoliy wrote about 500 articles and six textbooks. In the course of his career he created nearly 600 artworks. His main areas of interest include portraits, still life, landscapes and decorative furniture. A great number of his artworks are in the Pereyaslav-Khmelnytsky State Historical Museum.

His artworks can be found in the collections in Austria, Germany, Bulgaria, Canada, USA and other countries.
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        Testament, 1997
                wood inlay
        Golden Gate, 1997
                  wood inlay
        St. Michael,1997
                wood inlay

We are greatly honored by the blessing and attendance of His Holiness Patriarch of Kyiv and all Rus-Ukraine Philaret at
the premier showing of our collection of art from Ukraine. The presence of His Holiness Philaret has raised this celebration
to a momentous historic event.
                                                                                       
                                                                                       
                                                           Oleksiy and Halyna Woskobijnyk
                                                                                                                                                  (Woskob)
                                                                                                                                                  November 14, 1998
                                                                                                                                                 The Ukrainian Institute of America, NY
                                                   

                                                                                       
                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                







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