Elena Skitsyuk (ukr. Olena Skytsiuk) is a famous Ukrainian artist working in Petrikovsky painting – folk art, which originates from a small Ukrainian village Petrikovka. Each painting consists of thousands of small strokes. Brushes used for these paintings are themselves unique, handmade of cat hair (without any damage or injury to animals). Elena Skytsiuk (born 16 January 1950) is one of the few artists who keep this dying art alive. She has been a member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine since 1978, graduated from the Lvov State Institute of Decorative and Applied Arts (Department of artistic ceramics). In 1967 she took part in the exhibition, now her work can be found in many countries around the world.
Petrikovsky painting is a traditional Ukrainian decorative painting, which originates from Dnepropetrovsk oblast of Ukraine, Petrykovka village. The earliest samples of Petrykovsky painting date back to the 17th century. With Petrikovsky were traditionally decorated everyday household items (chests, folk instruments, drills, sledges), especially developed decorative painting on wood, varnished painted, overglaze and underglaze-painted porcelain, glass painting recreated technology, modern masters painted towels and blouses made of cloth, leather purses, used in body art painting. Petrykovka was formed as an independent easel decorative graphics as well as a widespread art school. The distinctive features of this handicraft are the patterns, unusual technique and white background.
In 2012 Ministry of Culture of Ukraine recognized Petrykovsky painting as a part of intangible cultural heritage of Ukraine. Eventually this decorative and ornamental folk art was also included to the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on December 5, 2013. The renowned painting technique was turned into a brand, and “Petrikovka” logo was created. The logo now belongs to the craftsmen of Petrykovka village.