I’ve been writing Lines and Colors for more then 15 years. I found with a recent search of my own posts that in that time, I’ve featured a number of wonderful Ukrainian artists.
I’ve sometimes described these artists as “Russian/Ukrainian” artists. Ukrainian artists are often described this way, partly because Ukraine was for a long time subjugated by the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, and partly because, within that sphere, there was much interaction between the art communities in these regions and the Russian art schools and art establishment. Many painters from Ukraine were trained in Russia and spent time living and working there.
I’ve learned in the last two weeks that previous Soviet and Russian despots, notably Lenin and Stalin, have tried to basically eradicate the identity of Ukrainians as a separate people, along with their cultural identity. Most experts agree that Putin’s intentions would be no different.
You can find some of my posts about Ukrainian artists in the links below. I’ll follow up with some “revisit” posts to focus on individual artists.
(images above: Stepan Kolesnikoff, Denis Sarazhin, Konstantin Bogaevsky, Iryna Yermolova, Ivan Sulima, Oleg Kozak, Zinaida Serebriakova, Vladimir Orlovsky, Sergei Iukhimov, Dmitri Danish, Arkhip Kuindzhi, Oleg Denisenko, Evgeni Gordiets)