Kopaihorenko Vasyl, 64 years old

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About myself and my artworks

Vasyl Kopaihorenko paintings where is'nt any style or professional decline, simplification, deformation of the picturesque language, once again confirms: myth is always a symbol and always a miracle.

The artist in his paintings maneuvers somewhere between life and ideal, living nature and myth, between real events and rejection of reality, virginity and eroticism.

Vasyl Kopaihorenko tries to embrace all the reality, seen and unseen, with the imagination, creating a mobile, shimmering world of figurative correspondences, symbols, reflections, metamorphoses, the poetic universe of myth in which he actually lives.

1995 - "There is world above us", Kyiv

1997 - gallery "Lavra workshops", Kyiv

1998 - Taras Shevchenko National Museum, Kyiv

2002 - Residence of the Ambassador of Finland, Kyiv

2005 - Exhibition Hall NUAU, Kyiv

2006 - "Living Traditions", Ivan Gonchar Museum, Kyiv

2010 - Art Collection Gallery

2011 - Gallery of the Canadian-Ukrainian Art Foundation, Toronto, Canada

2011 - Gallery of the Ukrainian Humanitarian Lyceum

2011 - Exhibition in the City Hall Hof van Twente, Netherlands

2011 - Exhibition in the gallery ABC art, Kyiv

2010-2013 - Center for Ukrainian Culture and Art, Kyiv

KyivGallery Art Critic
30/10/2018

The images in the paintings of Vasyl Kopaihorenko look like serene heavenly beings. These images are national types and even, rather, ideals taken out of the collective consciousness of the Ukrainian nation. Images sound like icons - they have many plans and levels. At the same time, several actions unfold on the canvas, the characters are in some abstract space and merged with it.

The artist, like his outstanding teacher Viktor Zaretskyi - a Soviet artist, teacher, public figure, is looking for something new in the traditional, his canvases have an expressive composition, rhythm, silhouette, and search for national specificity. His artworks are primarily graphic, and color plays a rather decorative role. The artist attaches great attention to the picturesque surface of the canvases, their expressiveness, achieving a noble dullness. Thanks to the thin layers of paint, he achieves an amazing effect - the paintings seem to flare up with live fire.

Vasyl Kopaihorenko erases the boundaries of the myth, and they become blurred, barely distinguishable. This allows the viewer to guess the mythical archetypes, reproduced as if unconsciously and unintentionally. The artist, rejecting the plot and temporal specifics, tries to convey the conversation of souls - inaudible, but understandable to everyone.

Paintings of the artist
Painting «Song», oil, canvas. Painter Kopaihorenko Vasyl. Sold
Vasyl Kopaihorenko

Song

oil / canvas

65 x 55 cm / 25.59 x 21.65 in

Painting «Kozak Mamai», oil, canvas. Painter Kopaihorenko Vasyl. Sold
Vasyl Kopaihorenko

Kozak Mamai

oil / canvas

60 x 50 cm / 23.62 x 19.69 in

Painting «Mermaid and fishman», oil, canvas. Painter Kopaihorenko Vasyl. Sold
Vasyl Kopaihorenko

Mermaid and fishman

oil / canvas

50 x 60 cm / 19.69 x 23.62 in

Painting «Grandparents», oil, canvas. Painter Kopaihorenko Vasyl. Sold
Vasyl Kopaihorenko

Grandparents

oil / canvas

70 x 50 cm / 27.56 x 19.69 in

Painting «Oh, chumak», oil, canvas. Painter Kopaihorenko Vasyl. Sold
Vasyl Kopaihorenko

Oh, chumak

oil / canvas

70 x 70 cm / 27.56 x 27.56 in

Painting «Cossack riding on war», oil, canvas. Painter Kopaihorenko Vasyl. Sold
Vasyl Kopaihorenko

Cossack riding on war

oil / canvas

80 x 60 cm / 31.50 x 23.62 in

Painting «Holiday Apple rescue», oil, canvas. Painter Kopaihorenko Vasyl. Sold
Vasyl Kopaihorenko

Holiday Apple rescue

oil / canvas

70 x 60 cm / 27.56 x 23.62 in

Painting «Potter», oil, canvas. Painter Kopaihorenko Vasyl. Sold
Vasyl Kopaihorenko

Potter

oil / canvas

100 x 90 cm / 39.37 x 35.43 in