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Ukrainian artist Ivan Marchuk

Night in the steppe, 1983. Painting by Ukrainian artist Ivan Marchuk

Night in the steppe, 1983. Painting by Ukrainian artist Ivan Marchuk

Contemporary Ukrainian artist Ivan Marchuk was born May 12, 1936 in the Soviet Union. He is one of the most expensive artists of Ukraine. They say, he almost does not sell his works, and he has painted about four thousand of them. “Plentanizm” – created by him direction in painting, when instead of the usual brush strokes, paint is applied by thin lines, threads, creating the effect of lace volume. In 1996 Ivan Marchuk became People’s Artist of Ukraine. In 1997 became a winner of the national award of Taras Shevchenko. In 2006 International Academy of Modern Art in Rome included Marchuk in “Golden guild” and chose an honorary member of the Scientific Council of the Academy. Today, the “Golden Guild” includes 51 artists from all over the world. in 2007 Ivan Marchuk was included in the list of “A hundred geniuses of our time” by the British newspaper «The Daily Telegraph». Ivan Marchuk currently lives and works in Kiev.

Autumn in the Botanic Garden 2004. Painting by Ukrainian artist Ivan Marchuk

Autumn in the Botanic Garden 2004. Painting by Ukrainian artist Ivan Marchuk

Ivan Marchuk about himself and about the work:

“Give me a thousand years – and I will paint the sky!”

“When I was a student could spend hours walking on this beautiful land in search of beauty. Now I can be anywhere – I find beauty in everything.”

“I continually see the beauty, and I want to display it”.

“Once in the Soviet times I said: I want to want to work, I want to want to! When I went to the West, in America, Australia, where this hypothesis was gone”

Awakening, 1992

Awakening, 1992

His work is divided into ten periods (“ten Marchuk”): “I do not know what will happen after the tenth period. And ten appeared suddenly, and ninth in the same way”.

“I tore a piece of paint from the palette and saw a miracle. And I began to think, how to implement it in the picture.”

“My biggest dream – not to see the unfortunate people”.

Crescent above the Dnepr. Acrylic on canvas. 2003

Crescent above the Dnepr. Acrylic on canvas. 2003

Dream river, 2004

Dream river, 2004

Dreamy steppe, 1984

Dreamy steppe, 1984

Early frosts, 2005

Early frosts, 2005

First snow, 1984

First snow, 1984

From the series Road to house, landscape

From the series Road to house, landscape

From the series Road to house, landscape

From the series Road to house, landscape

From the series Road to house, landscape

From the series Road to house, landscape

From the series Road to house, landscape

From the series Road to house, landscape

From the series Road to house, landscape

From the series Road to house, landscape

From the series Road to the house, landscape

From the series Road to the house, landscape

From the series Road to the house, landscape

From the series Road to the house, landscape

Have a look at your childhood, 2003

Have a look at your childhood, 2003

Night magic

Night magic

Owl

Owl

Painting by Ukrainian artist Ivan Marchuk

Painting by Ukrainian artist Ivan Marchuk

Painting by Ukrainian artist Ivan Marchuk

Painting by Ukrainian artist Ivan Marchuk

Painting by Ukrainian artist Ivan Marchuk

Painting by Ukrainian artist Ivan Marchuk

Painting by Ukrainian artist Ivan Marchuk

Painting by Ukrainian artist Ivan Marchuk

Road to the house, landscape

Road to the house, landscape

Ruined

Ruined

Self-portrait

Self-portrait

Silence. 2002

Silence. 2002

Spring wind is blowing, 2003

Spring wind is blowing, 2003

Still life. From the Golden Symphony, 1994

Still life. From the Golden Symphony, 1994

Sunset over the Dnepr

Sunset over the Dnepr

Tenderness, 1984. Tempera on cardboard

Tenderness, 1984. Tempera on cardboard

Warm spring sun, 2005

Warm spring sun, 2005

Winter landscape from the series Road to the house

Winter landscape from the series Road to the house

Winter road, 1987

Winter road, 1987

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