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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”

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”.

Ukrainian artist Ivan Marchuk

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