Ukrainian surrealist artist Ivan Marchuk
Talented Ukrainian surrealist artist Ivan Marchuk invented his unique way of painting – “dabbing-on”, that creates an unusual effect of luminescence of his works. For his unique innovative technique of painting Marchuk was listed among the 100 living geniuses. Ivan Marchuk – People’s Artist of Ukraine, winner of the National Prize of Ukraine, Honorary Citizen of Ternopil. He was born May 12, 1936, in the village of Moskalevka, Ternopol region. Graduated from Lvov Institute of Applied Art. In 1989 Ivan Marchuk emigrated to Australia, lived in Canada and the United States. In 2001 Ivan Marchuk returned to Kiev, where he lives and works now.
Art critics call his unique technique of painting “plentanizm”. The name comes from the Ukrainian word “plontati” – “braiding”. They say “Marchuk embroiders colors.” From under the brush of the painter appears a bit thin colored threads woven into a hyper realistic image. The author explains: “These paintings are designed for meditation, I give peace and calm.”
His work can be divided into 5 main periods: The voice of soul, Flowering, landscapes, portraits and abstract compositions.
According to the rating of the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph, a well-known Ukrainian avant garde artist settled on the 72 line of rating, sharing it with the author of “Star Wars” American film by director George Lucas, as well as a composer and producer Rick Rubin of the United States, German composer Hans Zimmer and other composers, philosophers, publishers, psychologists and computer geniuses.