Whom does Nikolay Zhuravel resemble? He resembles an angel or Carlson – moreover, he has his studio almost on the roof in the very center of Kyiv. During the first and the second Maydan, everyone gathered at his place – Zhuravel fed the young. It was not for nothing – among all the modern Ukrainian artists, Zhuravel is perhaps one of the most convertible – many Western galleries collaborate with him. He’s even among the world-famous London Saatchi’s favorites.
Why? He creates his world, the Zhuravel universe – one can spend eternity looking into it. And almost always little angels are flying there – helping, supporting, saving. They are like sweet music for the exhausted and desperate humankind during the endless pandemics.
Whom does he resemble? Giotto? Chagall? Himself. He has even invented his own, Zhuravel’s technique. He spends a long time building some intricate structure of wood and metal – a kind of Zhuravel’s salvific ark. Then, covers everything with iconic, Byzantine levkas, finishes the painting, scratches – and the ark acquires the mystical power.
It floats into a cold contemporary interior and makes it warm and humane.
1979 - Crimean Art School named after Samokisha, Simferopol
1989 - Kyiv State Art Institute, Kyiv
1995 - NUAU
1996 - BG-ART association, Ukraine
2009 - Academician of the Roman Academy of Modern Art, Italy
2019 - XII Florence Biennale of Contemporary Art, Florence Biennale, Italy
2019 - Texas Contemporary, Texas, USA
2019 - International Fall Exhibition, MORA, New York, USA
2018 - Retrospective exhibition Painting / Levkas in the Museum of Contemporary
Ukrainian Art. Korsakov, Lutsk, Ukraine
2017 - Personal exhibition "Transformation of space" in CSM White World, Kyiv, Ukraine
2016 - Solo exhibition "Reboot Invasion" at the Ukrainian Institute of America, New York, USA
2014 - SCOOP Art show, New York, USA
2013 - Art Toronto Fair, Toronto, Canada
2012 - Solo exhibition "Homecoming" at the Ukrainian Institute of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA
2011 - Apiary Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
2010 - Solo exhibition at the Lu Hisu Museum, Shanghai, China