Art

Modern Ukrainian artists of world renown (part 2)

We continue to talk about contemporary Ukrainian artists who have received worldwide popularity and recognition, and today we will introduce our readers to two more of them. It will be about Alexander Gnilitsky and Oleg Tistole.

Alexander Gnilitsky

Alexander Anatolyevich Gnilitsky was born in Kharkov in 1961. Here, too, began his emergence as an artist. At the end of the seventies of the last century, Alexander was trained in the Kharkov Art School in the theatrical scenery department. Later on, Gnilitsky continued his education in Kiev by studying at the Ukrainian State Academy of Art at the Department of Monumental Painting. Gnilitsky’s fellow students were many of those who today are famous artists who shape the face of modern Ukrainian art.
In the future, the life and work of Alexander Gnilitsky mostly took place in Kiev. The creative path of the artist began in those days when the state tried to control all spheres of life of its citizens, and considered it necessary to direct the people of art into the mainstream of the genre of “socialist realism”. Alexander, like many other young artists, joined the ranks of the so-called “Ukrainian new wave.” Gnilitsky became a member of the creative association that was called “Parkommune” because it was based on the street of the Paris Commune. Friends of the artist often called him “Pope of the Paris Commune”, t. the artist’s sympathy and willingness to help were associated with the pope.
Gnilitsky’s paintings are often ironic and melancholy. One of his most famous works is the painting “Daddy, a helmet crushes”, written in 1990. This is the period of “Parkommuny” and the desire of young artists to break away from the framework established by the Soviet system.


The most financially successful work of Gnilitsky was the picture “Heaven, Olegovsky”, which was sold on the akcione for forty one thousand two hundred and fifty US dollars.

“Heaven, Olegovsky”

Oleg Tistol

Another leader of the “new Ukrainian wave”, a representative of the style of the “Ukrainian neo-Baroque” – Oleg Mikhailovich Tistol. Oleg Tistol is a native of Mykolaiv region. His artistic education Oleg began the children’s art school in the city of Nikolaev. Next were the Republican Art School named after Taras Shevchenko in Kiev and the Lviv State Institute of Decorative and Applied Art in Lviv.
Among the creative developments of Tistol there are paintings, sculptures, photographs, installations. One of the artist’s longest-running projects was the project “Ukrainian Money” stretching from 1984 to 2001. As part of the project, the artist writes images of Ukrainian historical and cultural brands – among them the legendary Roksolana, Cossack hetmans, just Cossacks. At the same time, all images appear in the form of Soviet clichés and stereotypical stencils. The project raised an acute topic of popularizing the historical heritage and related speculations.

 Project of Ukrainian Money: Roksolana”

One of the most famous works of Tistol are the “Project of Ukrainian Money: Roksolana”, “TV + Realism”, “Yu.Be Ka”.

 “TV + Realism”

“Yu.B. Ka.Tretius Rome”

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