Ukrainian Artists Show The World Resilience in Times of War: Here Are 5 Names You Should Know
Alevtina Kakhidze, Self-portrait from the series Wartime. A New Chapter of the Russia-Ukraine War Dated From 24.02.2022. Diary Drawn 26 km From Kyiv. Credit to the artist.
It has been a year since Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine started. While images depicting the nightmares of war to which Ukrainians wake up each day continue to take space on our screens, the news of the war is no longer a shocking storyline and is sadly more of an everyday occurrence. Despite living with the constant sound of air-raid sirens, nights spent in bomb shelters, and airstrikes, people living in Ukraine have learned to keep pushing forward. People can witness the Ukrainian people's resilience through the artwork created by local artists during these difficult times.
As the war in Ukraine reaches its first year, here at the Nomad Salon, we want to spotlight some of the artists who continue to bring their creations into existence despite a year of loss, death, and battle.
Alevtina Kakhidze, Mariupo from the series Wartime. A New Chapter of the Russia-Ukraine War Dated From 24.02.2022. Diary Drawn 26 km From Kyiv. Image courtesy of the artist.
Alevtina Kakhidze's art is about ideas of consumption, consumerism, and power. She was born in 1973 in Zhdanovka, Donetsk region, and is currently based in Muzychi (a village near Kyiv). Having grown up in the Donetsk region, a former USSR territory, known for coal mining, Kakhidze has experienced the drastic changes her homeland has gone through after the fall of communism to today's invasion of Russia, which is visible in her work.
Kakhidze attended the National Academy of Fine Art and Architecture in Kyiv and the Jan van Eyck Academy in the Netherlands. She has also been the recipient of multiple awards. In 2008 she was the Kazimir Malevich Artist Award winner and in 2002, she was the first prize winner of the Competition for Young Curators and Artists from the Center for Contemporary Art at NaUKMA. Kakhidze has been United Nations Tolerance Envoy in Ukraine since 2018.
Masha Shubina, Untitled. Image courtesy of the artist.
Masha Shubina was born in 1979 in Kyiv, where she lives and works. She creates hyperrealistic paintings, embroidered panels, and installations focusing on the underlying urgency to love oneself.
Shubina attended the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture in Kyiv and the Moscow Architectural Institute (Russia). She won the 2nd prize in the PinchukArtCentre Prize in 2009 and was shortlisted for the PinchukArtCentre Prize in 2011. In 2012, she was a participant at the Kyiv Biennale Arsenal.
Andriy Roik, Victory, defeat, unity (2022). Image courtesy of the artist's Instagram.
Andriy Roik was born in Lviv in 1995. He works with painting, graphics, collage, ceramics, and public painting. His current body of work focuses on his vision of a utopian state of peace.
Roik graduated from Lviv Ivana Trusha College Of Decorative and Applied Arts and Lviv National academy of art, where he studied in the department of monumental painting. His artwork has been exhibited throughout Europe.
Daniel Skripnik, Ukrainian Nation. Image courtesy of the artist.
Daniel Skripnik is a Ukrainian visual artist working as an Illustrator and Graphic designer known for his sunflowers. In March 2022, his sunflower was the main symbol of the Save Ukraine national marathon. A month later, the illustration became one of the symbols of Ukraine globally after the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture used it. Daniel Skripnik is also known for his artworks of artistic collaborations with several musicians, such as The Weeknd, Imagine Dragons, Billie Eilish, and Britney Spears.
Alena Kuznetsova, Untitled. Image courtesy of the artist.
Alena Kuznetsova is a professional multidisciplinary artist working with painting, graphics, land art, video, ceramic sculpture, and installation. She was born in 1986 in the Soviet Union and currently lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine. The main focus of her art practice is on the image in art, its transformation and changes with time, and the cycling phenomenon of life and death.
Kuznetsova received her education at Kyiv from the School of contemporary art, MARI, School of Visual Communications, The New Art School, and KNUBA, from which she received a magister's degree in Fine Arts. Her artwork has participated in international exhibitions and has been placed in private collections in Ukraine, the USA, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Italy, Chech, Switzerland, Spain, Hong Kong, and France.
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