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Zhuravel Mykola Top artist
Year of birth 1960
Place of birth Magnitogorsk, Russia
Place of living and work Kyiv
About myself and my artworks

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.

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1979 - Crimean Art School named after Samokisha, Simferopol

1989 - Kyiv State Art Institute, Kyiv

Membership of NUAU and other organizations

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