29 March – 4 April 2017
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Two artists will represent Ukraine this year: Mykola Kut and Roman Opalinski
MYKOLA KUT (Kutniakhov) was born in April, 1952 in Luhansk (Ukraine). In 1967 he graduated from art school and became a student of Luhansk Art College. In 1974, after the military service, he started his studying in Kyiv State Art Institute, now the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture. He studied in the monumental painting workshop. It was founded by the famous monumentalist Mykhailo Boychuk — a Ukrainian teacher and friend of a Mexican monumentalist painter Diego Rivera, whose traditions and heritage Mykola Kut followed at an early stage of his work. Since 1979 he is an active member of national and international exhibitions. In 1989 he becomes a Member of the National Artist Union of Ukraine. Mykola Kut is a winner of many national and art awards.
Roman Opalinski was born in Ukraine, in the town of Grodek near Lviv, where the east meets the west. Growing up in between different cultures, the artist was inspired by the aesthetic of eastern icons and of the French impressionists. The way he creates his works reflects the impact of Old Russian icons, Ukrainian folk art, Picasso, Malewicz, and the precursors of Impressionism.
He graduated from the Lviv State Institute of Applied and Decorative Art (presently Lviv Academy of Arts) – from the Faculty of GlassRO 2 Art. He has always searched for several means of expression by combining passions such as painting, sculpture, and metal work.
Like many artists witnessing the fall of the Communist regime, he benefitted from the fact that his works could develop after Ukraine gained independence allowing him to participate in national and international exhibitions, which include: “Autumn Salons”, “The Arts of Free World” (Lviv), “Art – Ambassador of Freedom and Democracy” (Kyiv), international open-air in Poland, exhibitions in Germany, Netherlands, France, Slovakia and Switzerland.