Ukrainian Art and Ukrainian painters

Ukrainian Art and Ukrainian painters

Ukrainian painters are artist known in many countries of the world. Their works are original and their styles are unique. Here is the list of the most famous and outstanding Ukrainian artists.

Dmitry Levitsky (1735-1822)

Dmitry Levitsky Portrait of Feodosia Rzhevskaya and Nastasia Davydova

Dmitry Levitsky Portrait of Feodosia Rzhevskaya and Nastasia Davydova

Dmitry Levitsky is a famous Ukrainian portraitist, he is known as a master of ceremonial portrait who could find an expressive posture, combine color intensity with tone color abundance. Levitsky became famous after the exhibition of 6 of his portraits in the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg. For the portrait of the Academy Director Levitsky was appointed the Professor of the portrait painting class at the Academy.

The most famous works of the portrait painter are in a series of portraits of Smolny Institute for Young Ladies pupils. Levitsky depicted the girls performing plays, music, dances.

Taras Shevchenko (1814-1861)

Taras Shevchenko Kateryna

Taras Shevchenko Kateryna

Shevchenko is one of the most famous Ukrainians known predominantly for his literary talent. But Shevchenko also was a great painter and illustrator. He was an academician of the Imperial Academy of Arts (now Russian Academy of Arts in Saint-Petersburg), where he obtained a prize for landscape painting and also for oil painting later.

His paintings reflect everyday life of Ukrainians in XIX century, Ukrainian culture and nature. One of his albums is called “Picturesque Ukraine”. Shevchenko made a great contribution to genre art development and became Ukrainian genre art founder. Taras Shevchenko was also a great portrait painter, one of the most famous and popular portraitists of the time and a great contributor to Ukrainian portrait art.

Ilya Repin (1844-1930)

Ilya Repin Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks

Ilya Repin Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks

Ilya Repin is a Ukrainian painter born in Chuguev (Kharkiv Oblast) which was a part of the Russian Empire then. He is known as an outstanding realist painter, he played a major role in bringing Russian art into European culture. His major works are “Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks”, “Barge Haulers on the Volga”, “Ivan the Terrible and his son Ivan”.



During his career of a painter Repin persistently searched for new techniques to give his works more depth and fullness. He began his career by painting icons, he also painted Russian elite portraits, but his favorite subjects were common people. He often based is works on dramatic conflicts drawn from history or contemporary life.

Alexander Murashko (1875-1919)

Alexander Murashko Woman with Flowers

Alexander Murashko Woman with Flowers

Alexander Murashko is a Ukrainian painter, educator, public man. His talent was formed under the influence of another Ukrainian painter – Ilya Repin, whose student in the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg he was.

First works of the painter were in the style of realism, but later he began to paint in refined impressionism style that he was taught during his visits to Europe. His works in turn influenced later Ukrainian artists of the Social Realist period.

Alexander Murashko taught art at the Kiev Art School and at his own studio that he opened short before the death.

Alexander (Olexandr) Bogomazov (1880-1930)

Alexander Bogomazov Toys

Alexander Bogomazov Toys

Alexander Bogomazov was a famous Ukrainian painter, representative anв theoretician of Russian Avant-guard. He is known also known as Ukrainian Picasso. During his artistic life the painter mastered different styles, among the most-known are Cubo-Futurism and Spectralism.

Bogomazov was not only a painter, but also a writer. He wrote a treatise “The Art of Painting and the Elements” in which he analyzed the interaction between elements of the painting and a painter, a painter and a spectator. By this treatise he set the theoretical foundation of modern art. The most famous works by Alexander Bogomazov are “Composition N2”, “Portrait of the daughter”, “Tram”.

Ivan Marchuk (1936)

Ivan Marchuk Tenderness

Ivan Marchuk Tenderness

Ivan Marchuk is a contemporary Ukrainian painter known not only in Ukraine, but also in Canada, Australia and the United States – countries, where he lived and worked. In 2007 the painter’s name was added to the list of “Top 100 living geniuses” made by the Britain newspaper “Daily Telegraph”. Ivan Marchuk created more than 4000 paintings and arranged about 100 solo exhibitions.

The artist created his own technique known as “pliontanism” – technique that involves the “dabbing-on” of paint. Marchuk divides his professional life into 10 periods, the paintings of each period differ in style and manner. His works represent animal totems such as the crow and the horse, broken items such as musical instruments and eggshells, field flowers, abandoned cottages, maidens.

Alexander Anufriev (1940)

Alexander Anufriev An Angel with a cup of coffee

Alexander Anufriev An Angel with a cup of coffee

Alexander Anufriev is a Soviet Ukrainian painter who had to emigrate to the USA in 1980 due to his conflicts with authorities. He was one of the Odessa School of Unofficial Art founders, his works were displayed in many unofficial exhibitions in the Soviet Union and abroad.

The works of Alexander Anufriev are strongly influenced by art of the Renaissance. In his paintings he tries to get beyond what exists today and to express what is eternal and also he tries to make invisible visible.

Alexander Roitburd (1961)

Alexander Roitburd Self-portrait

Alexander Roitburd Self-portrait

Alexander Roiburd is a famous Ukrainian painter, representative of South Ukrainian Art School and one of the Ukrainian postmodernism founders. His solo exhibitions always are deeply contested, because to many people the subjects of his painting seem provoking and vulgar. Alexander Roiburd is a member of the Ukraine National Artists Association.

Roiburd took part in more than 100 exhibitions, his works are kept in private collections and are exhibited in galleries all over the world.

Katya Gridneva (1965)

Katya Gridneva Russian Ballerina

Katya Gridneva Russian Ballerina

Katya Gridneva was born in Ukraine, she got artist education at the St. Petersburg Academy of Art. Nowadays she lives and works in London with her husband who is also a painter.

Gridneva creates paintings with oil, charcoal, pastel. The main subjects of her work are women, often ballet dancers. Her works are displayed in art galleries of France, Germany and the USA and she is known as a talented portraitist all over the world.

Oleg Shuplyak (1967)

Oleg Shuplyak Surrealist Salvador Dali

Oleg Shuplyak Surrealist Salvador Dali

Oleg Shupliak is a contemporary painter from Western Ukraine. He creates paintings in the current optical illusion and is often called “a contemporary Salvador Dali”. Shupliak creates two pictures in one painting. The painter is known for his talent for placing a second image behind main objects and characters of the firs image. A second image is a portrait of famous personality – John Lennon, Charles Darwin and many others.

Being a painter, Oleg Shupliak chose to be architect by profession. He uses the technical precision of an architect to create optical illusions. Shuplyak became one of the most famous illusionists of our time thanks to his unique approach in painting.

Irene Sheri (1968)

Irene Sheri Autumn Mood

Irene Sheri Autumn Mood

Irene Sheri is a contemporary Ukrainian painter known all over the world. Painting was her passion from the first years of her life. She studied at Art School, Art College in Ukraine and at the age of 22 she entered one of the most prestigious art schools in the world — the St. Petersburg Academy of Art.

Main subject of her works is a woman beauty. Irene Sheri works in abstract and impressionist style. Her oil paintings are in many private collections and are also represented in galleries of Russia, Italy, Belgium, France.


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