Serhiy Hai: Paintings
October 14 to December 11, 2016

Art at the Institute was pleased to announce the start to its Fall 2016 season with an exhibition of paintings by noted Ukrainian artist Serhiy Hai. Curated by Walter Hoydysh, PhD, director of Art at the Institute, the exhibition was the Lviv-based artist’s second solo show with The Ukrainian Institute of America. Opening reception for the artist took place on Friday, October 14, from 6 – 8 PM.

The exhibition featured four groups of paintings depicting iconic motifs traditional to the canon of western art: riders and horses, nudes, masks, and still-lifes—themes the artist has explored comprehensively throughout his prolific career.

Serhiy Hai, Untitled (Horse and Rider), 2016, oil and acrylic on canvas, 51 x 67 inches.

As a formalist with a nod to the School of Paris, and a visceral affinity with archaic Etruscan conventions, Hai’s paintings are as much about surface and the process of painting as they are about subject and its subtlety. There exists an inner connection between his chosen motifs—partly understood as symbols of a lost humanity (unidentifiable visages), partly as symbols of the mysteries of life on earth—and the forms that transmit them to us purely on the aesthetic, the “beautiful.”


Serhiy Hai was born in Lviv, Ukraine. In 1986, he graduated from the Lviv State Institute of Applied and Decorative Art. He is a member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine. The artist has participated in exhibitions throughout Ukraine, Austria, Denmark, England, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, and the United States, most recently with the TEW Galleries in Atlanta, GA. He lives and works in Lviv.

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