Annual Holiday Art Exhibit and Sale
December 12, 2016 – February 10, 2017
Art at the Institute was pleased to present a group selling exhibition. Paintings selected for the exhibition feature works by Vasyl Bazhaj, Sergei Belik, Mykhailo Deyak, Serhiy Hai, Oleksii Koval, Ganna Kryvolap, Temo Svirely, Max Vityk and works from the IconArt Gallery collection.
Vasyl Bazhaj, born in Lviv in 1950, defined his artistic style in the late 1980s when the reins of government censorship loosened and painting provided him a venue for a furious offensive against the system. He graduated from State Institute of Applied and Decorative Art. He is head of the Conceptual Art Department at the Lviv Union of Artists along with being a member of the board of the Lviv Union of Artists, both located in Lviv, Ukraine where he lives and works.
Sergei Belik, born in Odessa in 1953, Belik studied art at that city’s Grekov State Art College and the Petersburg Mukhina Higher Art Institute. He became a member of the Union of Artists of Ukraine in 1987. Since then his work has been widely exhibited throughout Europe and the U.S. Belik’s art can also be found in museums in a number of cities including the Sephardic Museum in Toledo, Spain.
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. He lives and works in Lviv.
A graduate of the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture in Kyiv, Ganna Kryvolap actively participates in gallery exhibitions and fairs in Ukraine and abroad. Her works are found in the American Embassies Collection, National Museum in Zaporizhia (Ukraine), MOYA/Museum of Young Art, Vienna, as well as private collections in Europe and the US. Ms. Kryvolap currently lives and works in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina).
Temo Svirely, born 1964 in Zhinvali, Republic of Georgia. Graduated from the Zhinvali Art school, the Tbilisi Academy of Fine Arts (1998-1992). Temo is a member of the International Federation of Artist of Russia (from 1993). Member of the International Federation of Artist of Georgia (from 1998). Member of BGart (from 2000). Temo Svirely died in Kyiv in 2011.
Born in Lviv, Ukraine, Max Vityk began painting in the late 1990s, after earning a doctorate in Earth Sciences. He has lived, worked and exhibited in the United States, Ukraine, and The Netherlands, and since 2015, lives and works in Cairo, Egypt. Mr. Vityk’s artworks can be found in private, corporate and institutional collections worldwide.
The Iconart Gallery in Lviv, Ukraine, established in 2009, specializes in the contemporary artistic interpretation of spiritual topics, reconsidering this important issue in today’s cultural context. In the past five years, the gallery has developed a network of artists throughout Ukraine, with a substantial body of work. It is the only gallery of contemporary sacred art in Ukraine that focuses primarily on the spiritual, religious dimensions of contemporary art. Since its opening in 2010, the gallery has organized more than 60 exhibitions and events that were dedicated to the spiritual problems of modern Ukrainian culture, and have presented works by several generations of artists of various styles and techniques. All of these work are inspired by Christian culture and personal spiritual experience of the artists.