IHOR ANDRIYIV (1957- )
Ihor Andriyiv was born in Kyiv, Ukraine in 1957. He graduated from the T. Shevchenko Secondary School of Arts in 1975. In 1985, he graduated from the I. Fedoriv Ukrainian Academy of Printing and Publishing; he worked at the most prestigious publishing houses in Kyiv. At the same time, Ihor was developing his own style: existential themes executed with the mastery that is characteristic of his work. He has been exhibiting his works since 1984, and has been a member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine since 1985.
After moving to Ottawa, he painted a series of finely detailed cityscapes that capture the architecture and landscape of his new home. Since 1993, Ihor has also been painting icons, several of which are now in the collection of the Canadian Museum of History. In addition, he has been painting murals, which has given him the opportunity to create images for large spaces.
Ihor Andriyiv works in a wide variety of media, and his paintings are in museums and private collections in Ukraine, Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Poland, Lithuania, South Africa, Japan, the United States and Canada, as well as in the Museum of Books and Publishing (Kyiv, Ukraine), Museum of the Modern Ukrainian Fine Arts (Kyiv, Ukraine) and the Canadian Museum of History (Ottawa, Canada).
ALEXANDER ARCHIPENKO (1887-1964)
Alexander Archipenko was born May 30, 1887, in Kiev. In 1902, he entered the Kiev Art School, where he studied painting and sculpture until 1905. After a sojourn in Moscow, Archipenko moved to Paris in 1908. He attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts for a brief period and then continued to study independently at the Musee du Louvre, where he was drawn to Egyptian, Assyrian, archaic Greek and early Gothic sculpture. In 1910, he began exhibiting at the Salon des Independants, Paris, and the following year showed for the first time at the Salon d’Automne.
In 1912, Archipenko was given his first solo show in Germany at the Museum Folkwang Hagen. That first year, in Paris, he opened the first of his many art schools, joined the section d’Or group, which included Pablo Picasso, among others, and produced his first painted reliefs, the Sculpto-Peintures. In 1913, Archipenko exhibited in New York and made his first prints. During the war years, Archipenko resided in Cimiez, a suburb of Nice. From 1919 to 1921, he travelled extensively to exhibit his work. In 1921, Archipenko had his first solo show in the United States at the Societe Anonyme, New York.
In 1923, Alexander Archipenko moved to the United States, where over the years he opened art schools. In 1924, he invented his first kinetic work, Archipentura. For the next 30 years, he taught throughout the United States at art schools and universities. In 1928, he became a United States citizen. Most of Archipenko’s work in German museums was confiscated by the Nazis in their purge of “degenerate art”. In 1947, he produced the first of his sculptures that are illuminated from within. Alexander Archipenko died February 25, 1964.
ANDRIJ BABYTSCH (1921- )
Andrij Babytsch was born in Ukraine in 1921 and has lived in Toronto since 1948. He studied art at the University of Innsbruck and at the Ontario College of Art. Andrij Babytsh has had many solo exhibitions and has participated in numerous group shows in Canada and abroad. In 1999, at the Pastel Artists Society International Convention, he was named “Master Pastellist”. He was also showcased in the Pastel Artist International magazine. Andrij Babytsch is the former President of the “Kozub” Literary Society and of the Ukrainian Association of Visual Artists in Canada, and a member of the Portrait Society of America, the Pastel Artists Society and the Society of Canadian Artists.
VOLODYMYR BALAS (1906-1980)
Born August 29, 1906 in Rohatyn, Ukraine, Balas studied at the Polytechnic Institute in Lviv and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He taught graphic art at the Institute of Applied Arts in Lviv (1939-1944).
Volodymyr Balas came to Canada in 1947 and later moved to the United States. He designed the Baroque iconostasis and the mosaic tympanum for the Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Volodymyr in Toronto (1952-1954). Volodymyr Balas participated in numerous exhibitions in Lviv, Warsaw, Moscow, Sofia, Helsinki, Rome, Kyiv, Munich, Los Angeles, San Diego, New York, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and in Brazil and Mexico. His works are included in select collections: Library of U.S. Congress, Washington; Museum of Fine Art, Hollywood, Florida; Canadian Ukrainian Art Foundation, Toronto; and, Ukrainian Museum, New York.
IVAN CH. BELSKY (1923-2003)
Born in 1923, Ivan Belsky was a well known Ukrainian artist in Canada, where he moved to live in Toronto in 1964. He specialized in monumental painting (murals), portraits, historical compositions, landscapes and graphics (book illustration). His monumental works in Canada include icon paintings for St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral (Toronto), St. Mary’s Dormition Church (Toronto) and St. Volodymyr Church in Windsor, ON.
Ivan Belsky died in Toronto on November 23, 2003. Today, most of his work are in private collections.
MYROSLAV DEDYSHYN (1958-)
Myroslav Dedyshyn was born in 1958 in Ukraine. He lives in Lviv and works with different materials and uses a combination of them. First idea and then he chooses material, size, style and texture that best suits to the idea. Myroslav Dedyshyn has exhibited his work of different media in many exhibits and competitions around the world.
For more information about Myroslav Dedyshyn and his art, please visit www.dedyshyn.com
Paul Demeda graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts at York University. During his eighteen year career in the design and marketing industry, Paul worked for many design studios and advertising agencies in Toronto. Paul has transitioned from his career in the design industry to teaching and lecturing about health and nutrition, and is a practicing Holistic Nutritionist in Toronto.
Ukrainian culture, and was created to highlight the successful co-existence of Ukrainian heritage and modern life. The woman depicted was a fellow Yavir Dance Ensemble member. This print was selected for the Canadian Museum of Civilization 1991 exhibition – Art & Ethnicity: The Ukrainian Tradition in Canada.
MYCHAJLO DEREHUS (1904-1997)
Mychajlo Derehus was born December 5, 1940 in the village of Vesele in Kharkiv gubernia. Derehus graduated from the Kharkiv Art Institute and then lectured there in 1932-1941 and 1944-1950. Since 1958, Derehus was a corresponding member of the USSR Academy of Arts. Derehus, who matured in a period of experimentation in the 1920s, tried various techniques and dealt with different themes. He was criticized for his expressionistic lithographs in the 1936 edition of I. Kotliarevsky’s Eneida and for ‘nationalism’ of a series of his works dedicated to B. Khmelnytsky. Eventually, he conformed to the officially approved way of treating the history of Ukraine and became one of the officials of the Union of Artists of Ukraine.
Mychajlo Derehus died in Kiev in 1997 at the age of 92. On the occasion of his 100th birthday, the Ukrainian National Bank issued a two-Hryvnia commemorative coin in 2004 with his portrait.
NIKOLAY IVANOVICH DORODNOV (1935- )
Nikolay Dorodnov (born in 1935) is a talented artist, belongs to the galaxy of artists in his work developing Ukrainian lyrical landscape, based on the legacy of great artists, representatives of the Kharkov Art School. Originality of his work comes from the endless love for his native Slobodian beauty, of it nature, village houses and churches. Looking at his paintings, which were from the second half of the 20th century, you realize that the same views can be seen 200-300 years ago. Close to two thousand of Nikolay Dorodnov’s works are scattered throughout the world: in addition to Kharkiv and Poltava Art Museum they are in museums in the United States, Canada and private collections in Ukraine, Russia, United States, Germany, Israel, France and Belgium.
CHRISTOPHER GRIFFIN (1966-)
Christopher Griffin began his career in the early 1990’s in Toronto by hanging his artwork in cafes, pubs and coffee shops. He now has his work permanently displayed in 5 top eateries in Ottawa…….. On his Facebook profile he writes: “I am inspired by ancient artwork on cave walls, children’s art and random markings on concrete sidewalks, roads and buildings. I find the immediacy, confidence and lack of pretense in their character very appealing. I emulate this chaotic beauty in the surfaces of my own work with a description I call ‘visual noise’….I often use bird, fish and animal motifs in my work because they represent the pure, the innocent and the spiritual.” Christopher Griffin’s artist statement and more are on his website: www.christophergriffin.ca
Christopher Griffin’s work is included in the art collection at Rideau Hall (Ottawa).
For more information about Christopher Griffin and his art, please visit www.christophergriffin.ca
ANN HARBUZ (1908-1989)
Ann Alexander Harbuz was born on July 25, 1908, in Winnipeg. A self-taught artist, she became renowned for painting folk art. Her subject matter depicted a 20th-century Canadian Ukrainian rural (prairie) perspective. Her reinterpretations are autobiographical, historical and cultural events specific to her community and life experiences. Her childhood was spent near Whitlow, Saskatchewan. When Ann Harbuz was 12 years old, her mother died, and she cared for five siblings. She then moved to Richard, Saskatchewan, where she lived for twenty years raising her own family with her first husband. After her divorce she married Mike Harbuz, a cabinet maker, in 1945. They lived in North Battleford for ten years, raising their daughter. In 1955 they moved to Ponoka, Alberta where they managed a bargain store. In 1967, Ann moved back to North Battleford and took painting lessons. During her career she was commissioned to do a painting for the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Her work is exhibited across Canada and collected in numerous private and permanent collections including the Mendel Art Gallery, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, and the Mackenzie Art Gallery. Ann Harbuz died in North Battleford on April 29, 1989.
JACQUES HNIZDOVSKY (1915-1985)
Jacques Hnizdovsky was born on January 27, 1915 in Ukraine. He began his fine arts studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and then transferred to the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreg when Germany invaded Poland. He moved to the United States in 1949, where he decided to make his livelihood as an independent artist.
Hnizdovsky was self-taught in the art of printmaking. He is best known for his woodcuts of flora and fauna. He has produced hundreds of paintings, watercolours and pen and ink drawings, as well as over 375 prints (woodcuts, linocuts and etchings). Hnizdovsky was invited to participate in many exhibitions and shows and to contribute illustrations to books. His woodcuts are among numerous permanent collections in galleries and museums in Canada and the United States. In 1987, an updated version of “Jacques Hnizdovsky Woodcuts and Etchings” was published, which included all woodcuts, linocuts and etchings created during his lifetime.
Jacques Hnizdovsky passed away on November 8, 1985.
NATALKA HUSAR (1951- )
Natalka Husar is an American-born Canadian painter. She was born in New Jersey to parents who had emigrated from Ukraine. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Rutgers University in 1973, moving to Toronto shortly thereafter. She began exhibiting after her move to Canada, and has since received numerous awards for her work. She is known for her large representational oil paintings which draw on aspects of Ukrainian culture and history. Over her 35 year career, she has had over 35 solo exhibitions. Natalka Husar’s paintings are in many of Canada’s foremost museums, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Beaverbrook Art Gallery and the Winnipeg art Gallery. Most recently, her work is part of a travelling exhibition that is en route to the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2018.
VASILY KONDRATIUK (1939- )
Vasily Kondratiuk was born in Kiev, Ukraine. In 1970, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Commercial and Fine Arts at the University of Lviv. Prior to entrance to Lviv University, he completed a three year program at Kiev College of Art, where he studied drawing and painting. He has participated in more than twelve group shows in USSR through 1970-1976.
Vasily Kondratiuk arrived in Canada in March 1976 and now resides in Toronto, where he has established himself as a successful artist. His pieces hang in many private collections in Canada, United States, Italy and USSR.
GREGOR KRUK (1911-1988)
Gregor Kruk (also Greg Kruk) was born in Galicia region of Ukraine, to a family of poor potters in 1911. Kruk studied at the Lviv School of decorative Art (1934), the Krakow Academy of Arts (1937) and the Berlin Academy of Arts (1940). After the second world war, he settled in Munich and devoted himself to sculpture. By 1960 he had produced up to 200 sculptures and had established a reputation in Europe. His works were displayed at one-man shows throughout Europe, Canada and United States.
Kruk was a modern artist, who attempted to go beyond the traditional norms. He remained true to his peasant origins. He sculpted many portraits, including those of Pope Paul VI and Cardinal Josyf Slipyj, and figures of peasants, monks, Cossacks, bandurists, working women and dancers. His favourite subject was women.
Zhdan Lasowsky is an artist of the expressionist school. He paints from his imagination in varied techniques and subject matter. Zhdan uses bright colours and very strong directional lines to create the final image. The medium is mostly watercolours for background with a varied use of pen, pencel, pen and ink or felt pen.
In all his work he creates in the form of a developing series with varied themes. The different series are linked by their treatment or subject matter. Zhdan Lasowsky has added a great deal to the total aesthetic image of the Ukrainian people. There is a definite feeling from an expressionist’s point of view and a definite, undetailed effect from that of an impressionist.
MYRON LEVYTSKY (1913 – 1993)
Myron Levytsky was born October 14, 1913, in Lviv, Ukraine. He studied at the Novakyvsky Art School in Lviv (1931-1933) and graphic art with Prof. W. Skoczylas at the Cracow Academy of Arts (1933-34). He worked as a book illustrator and designer (1935-1939) and editor of “My I svit” (1938-1939), the Historical Museum (1939-1941), and the Ukrainian Publishing House (1941-1943) in Lviv.
Myron Levytsky emigrated to Canada in 1949 and worked as an illustrator, book designer and art editor for Ivan Tyktor Publishing in Winnipeg. In 1954 he moved to Toronto and then to Paris in 1955-1958, sheere he had his first solo exhibition at Galerie Ror Volmar. Other solo exhibitions followed I Toronto, New York, Waterloo, Detroit, Ottawa, Edmonton, Chicago, Winnipeg, Lviv and Kyiv. Myron Levytsky polychromed interiors and designed iconostases for eleven Ukrainian Catholic churches in Ukraine, Canada and Australia, as well as painting numerous individual icons. Levytsky died in Toronto on July 17, 1993.
PAVLO LOPATA (1945-)
Pavlo Lopata was born in the village of Kaliniv, Pryashiv region, Slovak Republic on March 20, 1945. He studied at the University of Fine Arts in Bratislava from 1966-1968. In 1969 he emigrated to Canada and resided in Toronto. In 1972 he obtained his Commercial Arts Diploma from George Brown College and on May 30, 1986 obtained a Fine Arts Diploma from the Ontario College of Art, Toronto. From 1991 to 1998, he was curator and executive director of the Ukrainian Canadian Art Foundation. As curator he organized over 70 exhibits of many different artists from Canada, United States and Ukraine and wrote over 350 articles related to the arts, culture and history, which were published in periodicals, journals and newspapers.
He paints in egg tempera, acrylics and oils, producing portraits, icons, linear expressionism and surrealistic symbolism. There appears to be a strong religious there in some of his paintings. To date, over 1,000 of his artistic works can be found in private and museum collections in Canada, United States, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic and Ukraine. He has held 29 solo exhibits and participated in over 80 group shows.
For more information about Pavlo Lopata and his art, please visit www.artbylopata.com
MYKOLA NEDILKO (1902-1979)
Mykola Nedilko was born on November 23, 1902 in Sumy region in Ukraine. While studying at the Kyiv State Art Institute (1922-1928) under Fedir Krychevsky and Mykhailo Boichuk he joined the Association of Revolutionary Art of Ukriane. In 1940 he came with Mykola Azovsky and Mykhailo Dmytrenko to Soviet-occupied Lviv. He remained there after the 1941 Soviet evacuation, joined the Labor Association of Ukrainian Pictoral Artists, and exhibited at its shows. A postwar refugee in Germany, he emigrated in 1948 to Buenos Aires and in 1961 to New York. Solo exhibitions of his work were held in New York, Paris, Philadelphia and Edmonton. He is best known for his landscapes, painted usually en plein air. His postimpressionist oils are built on strong contrasts of light and shadow, and color. Mykola Nedilko passed away on May 12, 1979 in Glen Cove, New York.
IVAN OSTAFIYCHUK (1940-)
Ivan Ostafiychuk was born in the village of Trostianec in Ukraine. His early artistic inspiration and development stemmed from his creative father and the rich cultural environment of the Hutzul region of Ukraine. After graduating from the Lviv Institute of Applied and Decorative Arts in 1966, his professional career concentrated on printmaking and graphic arts. Starting in 1963, Ivan Ostafiychuk regularly participated in regional, national and international exhibits. His first important solo exhibition was held to critical acclaim at the Lviv Art Gallery in 1979.
In 1988, with the help of his wife Dzvinka and the support of the international community, Ivan Ostafiychuk settled in Toronto, only to return to re-establish themselves in their dramatically changed homeland in 1993. During his time in Toronto and since his return to Ukraine, Ivan Ostafiychuk continues to have many successful exhibits in Canada, United States and Europe.
To this day, Ivan Ostafiychuk remains dedicated to the continual development of his art. He expresses his thoughts and emotions with great skill, clarity and imagination. His compositions are imbued with vibrant symbolic colours which, combined with his distinct, graphically expressive lines and forms, pulse with rhythmic energy and never fail to impress an element of spiritual empowerment.
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PETER SHOSTAK (1943-)
Peter Shostak was born and raised on a farm north of Bonnyville, Alberta. His early interest in art inspired him to major in art in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. He began a teaching career as a junior and senior high school teacher in 1965 and taught in Grand Centre and Edson, Alberta before continuing with his post-graduate work at the University of Alberta. In 1969, he obtained a graduate degree in Art Education and then took a teaching position at the University of Victoria. He remained there as Associate Professor of Art Education until 1979, when he decided to leave teaching and pursue a career as a full-time artist.
Peter Shostak’s most ambitious project, to which he devoted five years of painting, was completed in 1991 with the unveiling of his series “For Our Children”. These fifty large paintings, that portray early pioneer settlement in Western Canada have been exhibited across Canada and have been reproduced in the coffee table book “For Our Children”. In 2003, Peter Shostak received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Canada. He also is the recipient of the Taras Shevchenko Medal, the highest honour awarded by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. This medal recognizes exceptional achievement in culture and the arts. Many major cities in Canada have repeatedly hosted exhibitions of his work over the past several years, and he has completed many commissioned paintings and serigraphs for individuals, organizations and major corporations.
For more details about Peter Shostak and his art, please visit www.petershostak.com
ANDREI SINITAR (1951- )
Andrei Sinitar was born in the Zakarpattia Region of Ukraine. He graduated from the Kiev State Art Institute. Andrei has had 6 solo exhibitions in Ukraine and Canada. He has participated in numerous group shows and has received many awards. His works can be found in the National Art Museum of Ukraine and the Historical Museum in Ukraine, as well as in other collections in Ukraine, Germany, France, Italy, Russia, Finland, Sweden, the United States and Canada. He is a member of the Artists’ Union of Ukraine, the Society of Canadian Artists and the Ukrainian Association of Visual Artists of Canada.
Igor Sinitar is a Toronto based Contemporary Canadian Artist specializing in figurative oil painting. 21st century sensibility overseeing the fusion of classical and modernist techniques is the stategy. In 2010 he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ontario College of Art & Design, majoring in drawing and painting. Igor Sinitar is a regular participant in fine-art exhibitions (summer Series VI, Ingram Gallery) and festivals (50th Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition).
VALERIY SKRYPKA (1964 – )
Valeriy Skrypka was born into a family of artists in Zaporizhia, Ukraine in 1964. At 28 years of age, in 1992, he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Kyiv, and since 1996 has been residing and painting in the United States. Skrypka’s work is exhibited in museums and galleries internationally. Receiving a rigorous classical training at the Ukrainian Academy in Kyiv, Skrypka broke with tradition as he developed his own style, working in oils and in proprietary watercolour technique. His work merges contemporary, narrative symbolism with an iconography of mythological Ukrainian traditions. As windows into a mysterious, Eden-like world, the paintings illuminate universal human experience and exemplify the restorative, life-affirming power of art.
ANDRIY SOLOHUB (1922-2010)
Andriy Solohub was born in Chernihiv region, Ukraine in 1922. Studied art at Salzburg Art and Craft School, Austria in 1945. The same year, the artist moved to Paris and continues his education at the National Academy of Art. He began exhibiting in Paris in 1945 at the group exhibition at the Salon of French Artists and in the Salon of Independent Artists. Andriy Solohub painted portraits, landscapes, still life paintings and compositions. He was also a graphic artist and was known for executing the iconostas at St. Simon Church in Paris.
Nadia Starovoytova was born in the city of Vladivostok. In 1977 she graduated from fashion and design faculty of the Moskow State Textile University. From 1987 she has been a member of the Union of Design of Ukraine. She excels in her watercolour technique, revelling in images that have become a characteristic trademark of hers – lovely Ukrainian girls in folk costumes with flowing shawls and ribbons done in fine detail. She has been a participant of numerous exhibitions in Ukraine, the United States, Canada and Germany.
VOLODYMYR STRELNIKOV (1939 – )
Volodymyr Strelnikov was born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1939. He studied briefly at the Odesa Art School but was mostly self-taught. He worked as a muralist in Odessa and participated in and organized some of the exhibitions of unofficial or nonconformist art there. Strelnikov has experimented with reduced shapes and the interrelationship between figures and architecture. In 1960, he debuted in Odessa at the autumn exhibition of the Fine Art Federation. Together with Feodosii Humeniuk, Volodymyr Makarenko and Vitalii Sazonov, Strelnikov participated in the 1975 and 1976 Moscow exhibitions of Ukrainian nonconformist artists and was consequently harassed by the Soviet authorities. In 1978 he was allowed to emigrate to Vienna, Austria, and in 1979 he settled in Munich, where he has worked and lived since. Since that time he has exhibited in Western Europe, United States and Canada.
Jay Styranka graduated from the Ontario College of Art in Toronto, Ontario in 1973 with a four year Associate Degree in Communication and Design. He has been shooting professionally and personally since college. Jay now devotes his time to shooting fine art portfolios for gallery shows and collectors of fine art photography. Getting the most out of his subject is what makes it all worthwhile.
For more about Jay Styranka and his work, please visit www.jaystyranka.com
Maria Styranka was born in Ukraine and has lived in Paris and Toronto. She studied at the Ontario College of Art. Maria Styranka has had 15 solo exhibitions and has participated in numerous group shows in Canada (Toronto, Edmonton, London), United States (New York, Chicago) and Europe (Paris, Limoges, Brussels). Maria paints in watercolours, tempera, oils and acrylic. Her paintings can be seen in the National Museum of Art in Kiev, and in private collections in Canada, the United States, France and Ukraine.
LUDMILLA TEMERTEY (1944- )
Ludmilla Temertey is a graphic designer and artist who lives in Italy. She was born August 21, 1944 in Kosice, Slovakia. At the same time her family was fleeing from Ukraine in a caravan after losing their land to Stalin’s collective farms. The family comes from the Donbas area of Ukraine, but their roots are in the Greek community in Crimea. Though her parents spoke little of the horrors they had endured, Termetey later learned that her grandfather was executed after being labelled an agitator for refusing to give up his farm.
Ludmilla Temertey arrived in Montreal in 1950. After completing her studies at the Royal Academy of Art in Brussels, she worked as a graphic designer, a commercial artist, then as an illustrator and portraitist, eventually setting up her own studio. Her particular delight was documenting Ukrainian national costumes.
Ludmilla Temertey is the creator of the first Holodomor commemorative monument in Canada, erected in Edmonton in 1983. Wanting to share her family history, Temertey said, “I understood how much I was defined by my parents’ history, even though I did not live through it…I wanted to honour those silent victims of this crime against humanity…my family and their indomitable spirit…survivors of the Holodomor.”
GREGOIRE TKACZ (1918-2002)
Gregoire Tkacz was born in western Ukraine, in 1918. At the age of 19, He joined his older sister in France. The art career of Gregoire began to emerge in the late 1930s, inspired by the people and places he encountered in France. After escaping execution during the war, Gregoire travelled and ended up in Montreal, where he opened a photography studio. When the photography business became too hectic and competitive, Gregoire returned to his love of painting. He is known for his portraiture of Prime Minister and Mrs. Diefenbaker , and in 1962, he solidified his reputation with a portrait of President John F. Kennedy. In 1967-68, after a US tour, he began staging one-man exhibitions and during the early 1970’s his notable portraits included William Davis, the Premier of Ontario, William Dennison, the Mayor of Toronto, and Patriarch Slipyj of Rome. Unlike the modern, abstract artists of his time, Gregoire favored classic landscapes and portraits. Gregoire stopped touring n early 1980 and stopped painting in 1981. Gregoire passed away at the age of 84 in 2002.
For more details about Tkacz Gregoire, please visit his website at www.tkacz-gregoire.ca
Olga Kornavitch-Tomlinson was born of Ukrainian-Canadian parents in Welland Ontario. She attended both Canadian and Ukrainian school classes where her Ukrainian cultural heritage of music and dance was established. After graduating from high school, she attended Ontario College of Art, majoring in drawing and painting under Jock MacDonald, George Pepper, John Martin and Eric Freifeld. Upon graduating, she married fellow artist Roy E. Tomlinson and they moved to Vancouver in 1957. In 1974, they set up their home/studio/gallery in south central Cariboo region of BC in order to concentrate on their artistic careers. This is when they mastered the original printmaking medium of stone lithography. Her work is included in many private, corporate and museum collections, most notably the Ukrainian Canadian Art foundation in Toronto and the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Hull, Quebec.
About her inspiration for “Her Dancing Ribbons” she writes: “I can only say you must first love your subject and then one creation inspires the next, ad infinitum.” When approached by the National Museum of Civilization for a donation, she selected this piece, as it had just been completed at the time. The models for the piece were from the Luna Dance Group of Vancouver , BC and Cheremshyna of Edmonton, Alberta.
For more details about Olga Kornavitch-Tomlinson, please visit her website at www.tomlinsonart.com
Practicing as an Architect for over thirty years, Roman has played a leading role in the completion of a significant number of projects in Canada and in the Middle East. As the Director of the Center for Research in Design at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar for the last six years, Roman’s efforts were focused on developing design solutions addressing the needs of a growing nation.
Recently retired, Roman devotes most of his time to his lifelong fascination with art and design, which he considers amongst the most important foundations of civilization. Roman’s paintings and most recently his digital compositions, reflect his belief that if art is to have any meaningful impact on our lives, it must reflect much more than what the eyes see.
TYRS VENHRANOVYCH (1924- )
Tyrs Venhranovych was born September 21, 1924 in Drohobych, Galicia. Since graduating from the Cracow Academy of Fine Arts in 1952, he directed the drawing department in the Institute of the History of Material Culture of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Cracowand devoted his free time to art. He has had over 50 solo exhibitions in Poland, and has exhibited in Edmonton, New York City, Brockport, New York and Lviv. A master of line, wood, metal and plaster engraving, he has illustrated books and created many prints and over 500 bookplates.
Volodymyr Voroniuk is a prize winning artist from south western part of Ukraine, a small village called Vyznytsia, approximately 200 kilometers south of Lviv. He graduated from the Vyzhnyckiy College of Applied Art and the Odessa State Pedagogical Institute. He then continued his studies under the legendary Vitaly Kosovych. His unique style of impressionism with elements of expressionism incompasses deep strokes in both watercolour and oil painting that enhance the imagery seen in his paintings.
Volodymyr Voroniuk began to exhibit his work internationally in 1991 and travelled extensively throughout Europe. He has won several international art competitions, most notable being for his art work at the Lelingen 2000 Art Festival in Luxembourg. More recently his work was exhibited in Chicago at the Ukrainian National Museum in 2017 and at the Canadian Ukrainian Art Gallery in Toronto in 2013.
THEMISTOCLES WIRSTA (1923 – 2017)
A painter of the New Parisian School, Themistocles Wirsta was born in Bukovina in 1923. He studied painting, sculpture and architecture in Chernivtsi and at the Academy of Arts in Bucharest. In 1951, escaping the threat of concentration and labor camps, Wirsta fled to Paris and made the French capital his permanent residence.
In 1969, Themistocles Wirsta met Alexander Archipenko, who encouraged him to become a master of abstract painting, creating his own distinctive mode of artistic expression. Wirsta’s work is displayed in exhibits and artistic events in Paris, as well as galleries throughout Europe, the United States, Canada and Japan.