Roman Romanyshyn: Miscellanea
November 16 – November 28, 2018
Art at the Institute was pleased to present an exhibition of graphics by Ukrainian artist Roman Romanyshyn, titled Miscellanea. Curated by Walter Hoydysh, PhD, director of Art at the Institute, this marks Mr. Romanyshyn’s first showing with The Ukrainian Institute of America. Reception for the artist: took place on Friday, November 16th. The exhibition will be on display through November 28, 2018.
The city of Lviv, in western Ukraine, is synonymous with printmaking. Romanyshyn’s iconic and characteristic approach to narrative graphics, illustration and printing is practiced within the deep reaches of a centuries-old Leopolitan tradition that includes modern and contemporary peers the likes of Ihor Bilykovsky, Oleh Denysenko, Bohdana Fedorovych, Ivan Ostafiychuk, Volodymyr Pihinin, Ihor Podolchak, Bohdan Soroka, and Myron Yatsiv.
Romanyshyn draws much of his inspiration from literature, fables and folklore. As if from a youthful perspective, he rediscovers antiquated and familiar subjects — whether planetary and zodiacal, the story of Alice in Wonderland, or the Wives of Henry VIII — illuminating them with equal child-like abandon.
His meticulous and dimensional multi-plate intaglio process certainly demonstrates an artisanal way to draughtsmanship and illustration. It is intimate. It is authentic. It is alive. It contains something irreplaceable from the now ubiquitous digital sphere. The figures that dominate his work are elaborate character reveries and his cosmic and earthly landscapes are complex, all of which make the worlds Romanyshyn creates so enchanting and engaging.
Roman Romanyshyn is a graduate of the Lviv State Institute of Decorative and Applied Arts. Besides printmaking, he is also engaged in illustration, painting, and sculpture. His graphic works are widely exhibited and collected throughout Europe, and have won international awards for printmaking, among them, the 14th Mini Print International, Barcelona (Spain), 9th International Miniature Print Exhibition, Seoul (South Korea), 4th International Painting Biennial of the Carpathian Euroregion, Przemysl (Poland). He lives and works in Lviv.