Igor Grechanyk

About the Artist

 

Igor Grechanyk was born in Kyiv, Ukraine. Raised in an artistic family, he has been passionate about art and drawing from early childhood. He attended the Art School, and the State Art Institute in Kyiv, graduating in 1984.

 

Grechanyk’s genius lies in his ability to give form to the abstruse. His works seek to map the collective unconscious, drawing inspiration from esoteric doctrines and ancient mythology. The artist brings forth inner, mystical elements of his creatures, subject to his will, quiet in their strength. His multifaceted images demonstrate a profound level of artistic skill.

 

The late Dutch Art Historian, Poet and Curator, Gerrit Ludinga, described Grechanyk’s work: “The spiritual, immaterial expression takes precedence over and gloriously outshines the material reality of the sculpture…In fact, Igor Grechanyk’s sculptures may be seen as symbols of a spiritual entity”.

 

Igor Grechanyk has exhibited worldwide and has sculpted large, public monuments commissioned in Ukraine and abroad. He is the recipient of prestigiousUkrainian and international awards. His acclaimed sculptures have earned him an honored position as one of the world’s leading contemporary artists.

Recent works include a portfolio of 2D digital art, often based on his sculpture images.

 

Igor Grechanyk is a member of the National Artists Union of Ukraine and the Society for Art of Imagination in London. He is a leader of the Creative Association, The Golden Gate, founded in 1997 in Kyiv. He is a distinguished foreign artist at the Yuehua Painting Academy, Guangzhou, China. His works are widely held in private and museum collections in Ukraine and throughout the world. He figures prominently in international catalogues of the world’s leading artists in contemporary art. Currently, Igor Grechanyk resides and works in Kyiv, Ukraine. 

Education

Republican Art School, Kyiv, Ukraine

Academy of Art, Kyiv, Ukraine, (formerly, State Art Institute) Master of Art, Sculpture

Recent Awards

November 2020 – Artist of the Future – Contemporary Art Curator Magazine Award

November 2020 – finalist of the International Global Art Awards contest

August 2020 – Triennale in Kyiv, Ukraine - award

September 2019 – International Sculpture Contest - Odessa Airport, Ukraine - award

April 2016 - Art Revolution Taipei Fair – International Artist Contest Award

September 2015 – Art Olympus national program award for significant contributions to Art

and Culture, Kiev, Ukraine

November 2013 – nomination for the Person of the Year, Art and Culture Award, Ukraine

June 2011 – recipient of the coveted Flame of Peace, Cultural Ambassador for Peace Award.

Bestowed by the Habsburg-Lothringen Imperial Family of Austria

Major Museum Collections

Ukrainian Museum, New York

 

National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv

Ukrainian Institute of America, New York

Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, Kyiv

Academy of Art, Kyiv

Academy of Art, St. Petersburg

Holodomor Famine Museum in Kyiv - Memorial in Commemoration of Famines' Victims in

Ukraine, permanent exhibition, Kyiv, Ukraine

Private Collections

Van Soest collection, Ernest Wu collection, M-me Swarovski collection, Yuehua Painting

Academy collection, and others

Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Great

Britain, Israel, Monaco, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan,

Ukraine, USA

Recent Solo Exhibitions

2017 – China, Dongguan: Dongguan Central Art Space

2015 – China, Guangzhou: solo exhibition; Guangdong Yuehua Painting Academy

2014 – USA, New York: solo exhibition, Power of Freedom; Ukrainian Institute of America

2014 – The Netherlands, Bergen: solo exhibition; Galerie Pictura

2013 – China, Guangzhou: solo exhibition; Guangdong Yuehua Painting Academy

2012 – Monaco, Monte-Carlo: solo exhibition, New Harmony; Maison de L’Amérique Latine

de Monaco, Sous la Présidence d’Honneur de S. A. S. le Prince Albert II de Monaco, Europa-

Résidence

2011 – USA, Washington D.C.: solo exhibition, P & C Art Gallery

2011 – Austria, Vienna: solo exhibition, The Bridge of Spirit over the River of Life, MOYA

Museum

2010 – USA, New York: solo exhibition; Looking through the Bronze; Ukrainian Institute of

America

2010 – USA, Washington D.C.: solo exhibition; P & C Art Gallery

2010 – France, Paris: solo exhibition; Le Centre Culturel de l’Ambassade d’Ukraine

2010 – Belgium, Brussels: solo exhibition, Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the European

Union

2009 – 2010 - USA, New York: solo exhibition, Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United

Nations

2009 – USA, New York: solo exhibition; Dreams of Ukraine; Ukrainian Museum in New

York

 

Public Commissions

2018 - Prayer for Ukraine Sculpture (bronze, 2.5 meters high) - Presentation - Kiev -

Government Quarter - Ukraine

2018 - Holodomor Victims Monument (Bronze, 6.5 meters high) - Uzhgorod, Ukraine

June 2016 – Official dedication of public monument to Ukrainian national poet, Taras

Shevchenko (bronze, h - 4 m), by the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, and the

President of Bulgaria, Rosen Plevneliev; Sofia, Bulgaria

 

November 2015 – Monument to Ukrainian national poet Taras Shevchenko (bronze, h - 3,5

m); Riga, Latvia. Official dedication hosted by the Prime Ministers of Ukraine and Latvia

April 2015 - Prince Frog sculpture (bronze, h – 157 cm), Zurich, Switzerland

March 2014 - Sculpture of Taras Shevchenko on the Barricades, installed in front of City

Hall in Kiev to commemorate the 200th anniversary

February 2014 – 6-meter-high sculpture composition, Guangzhou, China

November 2013 – sculpture dedicated to Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko, Institute for

Slavic Studies, Vienna University, Vienna, Austria

November 2013 – Mournful Figure of a Woman, Days of Sorrow (gypsum, h – 170 cm),

Holodomor Famine Museum in Kiev: Memorial in commemoration of famine victims in

Ukraine; Kiev, Ukraine

April 2013 – Memorial stela to Mykola Berdyaev (Nicolas Berdiaev), eminent philosopher,

(bronze, 155 x 125 cm), Kiev University

June 2012 – Monument to Ukrainian national poet Taras Shevchenko (bronze, h – 3,8 m),

Khust, Ukraine

June 2010 - Memorial stela to Ukrainian warriors who perished in peacekeeping missions in

Africa (bronze, h – 1,75 m)

December 2010 - Memorial stela to Ukrainian warriors who perished during the liberation of

Pleven, Bulgaria

May 2009 – Sculpture of Mercury, Roman god of commerce. Commissioned by the

Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce, (bronze, h – 3,5 m); Kiev, Ukraine

April 2009 – Memorial stela in honor of the first Ukrainian legation in Azerbaijan, 1919-

1920. Dedicated by Ukrainian President Victor Yuschenko, and the President of Azerbaijan,

Ilham Aliev – Baku, Azerbaijan

September 2008 – Memorial plaque to Artemiy Vedel, 18 th century Ukrainian composer. Wall

installation at Kiev’s oldest university and Vedel’s alma mater and workplace Kuiv-Mohyla

Academy; Kiev, Ukraine

June 2008 – Monument to foremost Ukrainian poet, Taras Shevchenko. Dedicated by the

President of Ukraine, Victor Yuschenko, and the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliev; Baku,

Azerbaijan

There are additional earlier public commissions.

Exhibitions (Partial List)

2020 - Ukraine, Kyiv: exhibition “3D. Sculpture Vector”, Museum “Art Center "Chocolate

House", Kyiv NKG

2020 - Ukraine, Kyiv: Triennale of contemporary sculpture, House of Artists - award

2020 – USA, New York – Winter exhibition – Ukrainian Institute of America

2019 – China, Shanghai: Shanghai International Art Fair (within the Yangtze River Delta

International Culture Industries Expo 2019), National Exhibition and Convention Center

2019 - Taiwan, Taipei: International exhibition – X-Power gallery

2019 - Taiwan, Taipei: Art Revolution Taipei Fair

2019 - Ukraine, Kyiv: Group exhibition-performance “Intelligence is Fashionable”, Taras

Shevchenko National Museum

2018 – Ukraine, Kyiv: Idols: The Art of Heavy Metal – 3 artists show, Triptych Gallery

2018 - Taiwan, Taipei – Art Revolution Taipei Fair

2018 - Belgium, Hasselt: Dreamscapes VI - International exhibition

2018 – USA, Palm Beach Garden: group exhibition, Onessimo Fine Art

2018 - Taiwan, Taipei: International exhibition, X-Power gallery

2018 – Poland, Warsaw: International exhibition “Magical Dreams IV”

 

2017 – Taiwan, Taipei: Art Revolution Taipei Fair

2017 – Taiwan, Taipei: international exhibition, X-Power Gallery

2017 – USA, Miami: sculpture exhibition, Timeless Gallery

2017 – Traun, Austria: international exhibition and book release, Dreamscapes VI

2017 – Poland, Szczyrk and Wiener Neustadt, Austria: international exhibition, Magical

Dreams IV; Bator Art Gallery and Dom Galerie

2017 – Ukraine, Kyiv: exhibition devoted to the 100th anniversary of the Ukrainian Academy

of Art, House of Artists

2017 – Ukraine, Kyiv: group exhibition of contemporary sculpture, House of Artists

2016 – Taiwan, Taipei: Art Revolution Taipei Fair Award

2016 – USA, Seattle: international exhibition, Im'ago Primordialis, Gallery Krab Jab Studio

2015 - 2016 – Malmo, Sweden; Miami, USA; Gdynia, Poland: permanent exhibitions,

Timeless Galleries Group

2015 and 2016 – The Netherlands, Gauda: Gauda Annual Art Fair, Galerie Montulet

2015 – Switzerland, Zurich: joint exhibition; H.-R. Giger paintings, Igor Grechanyk

sculptures, Galerie Alexander E. Raeber

2015 – Poland, Szczyrk: international exhibition; Magical Dreams III, Beskidzka Galeria

Sztuki

2015 – The Netherlands, Bergen: exhibition by Gerard Di-Maccio and Igor Grechanyk;

Visionair Realisme, Galerie Pictura

2015 – Ukraine, Kyiv: exhibition of modern sculpture, Museum Art Arsenal

2014 – Roskilde, Denmark: international exhibition Guest of Honor, Imaginaire VII; castle of

Baron Philip von Malsen-Plessen

2014 – Belgium, Bilzen: international exhibition, Dreamscapes; Alden Biesen Castle

2014 – USA, Yonkers, New York: Seers of the Soul; Blue Door Gallery

2014 – USA, Troy, New York: Of Beauties and Beasts, Clement Art Gallery

2014 – Poland, Wloclawek; Germany, Viechtach: international exhibition, Magical Dreams

2; Gallery of Contemporary Art and City Hall

2014 – China, Shenzhen: exhibition of modern sculpture; Exhibition Center

2013 – China, Shanghai: Art-Shanghai 2013, Europ’Art, China Gallery, ShanghaiMART

2013 – Denmark, Hilleroed: Imaginaire VI, Fantasmus Art

2013 – Poland, Krakow: Art Krakow

2013 – Poland, Szczyrk: international exhibition, Magical Dreams, Beskidzka Galeria Sztuki

2013 – Germany-Netherlands-Belgium: international art project group exhibitions;

Dreamscapes-V, curators Marcel Salome (Re-Art, Netherlands) and Gerrit Luidinga

2013 – China, Guangzhou: Art Fair in Guangzhou, Baiyun Convention Center

2013 – Ukraine, Kyiv: group exhibition; Noah's Ark, House of Artists

2012 – China, Shenzhen: Art Shenzhen

2012 – China, Guangzhou: 17 th Guangzhou Art Fair and group exhibition; Guangdong

Yuehua Painting Academy

2012 – Ukraine, Kyiv: exhibition of modern sculpture, Museum Art Arsenal

2012 – USA, Kansas City: Spectrum Fantastic Art Live; Kansas City Convention Center

2012 – The Netherlands, Hilversum: international exhibition, Fantastisch Perspectief, CBK

GSH Galerie

2012 – Ukraine, Kyiv: exhibition, Nu, Gallery Mytets

2012 – Poland, Wloclawek: international exhibition; Magical Dreams, Gallery of

Contemporary Art

2011 – France, Marseille: exhibition under the patronage of the Consul of Ukraine in

Marseille, Mr. Viacheslav Vosdigan.

2011 – Ukraine, Kyiv: Exhibition of The Golden Gate Creative Association; Pit-Art Gallery

 

2011 – Ukraine, Kyiv: Sculpture Exhibition and Fine Art Ukraine, Museum Art-Arsenal

2011 – Switzerland, Geneva: Collectif d'artistes peinture, photographie, sculpture; Exclusive

Arts SA, Mimesis Contemporary Art

2010-2011 –Denmark, Copenhagen: book presentation; Imaginaire III, Hilleroed Library,

C.A.I.I.R. Center for Art of International Imaginary Realism

2010 – France, Paris: Exposition D'amour et de vie, la passion origine de toute creation. La

comissaire d'exposition: Christine Labbe, L’organisateur: Art of Now

2010 – Ukraine, Kyiv: Stairway to Heaven Festival, Ukrainian House, European square

2010 – Switzerland, Geneva: exhibition with painter Victor Safonkin; Victory of Mystical

Moods - Two European Masters of Symbolic and Fantastic Art, Exclusive Arts SA, Mimesis

Contemporary Art

 

2000-2010 - Exhibitions in Ukraine and abroad including:

exhibition in HR Giger Museum in Gruyeres, Switzerland;

Germany, Hannover - solo exhibition in Ukrainian pavilion- Expo-2000;

Art Festivals in Germany, Magdeburg;

Art Salon and solo exhibition in Russia, Moscow;

series of exhibitions in the Netherlands, including Realisme05 Art Fair in Amsterdam and

international exhibitions Dreamscapes;

exhibitions of contemporary sculptures in Ukrainian House, exhibition in Museum of

Spiritual Treasures of Ukraine and exhibitions of the Golden Gate Creative Association in

Kyiv, Ukraine,

GogolFest in Art Arsenal and Art Kyiv in Ukrainian House in Kyiv, Ukraine;

Great Britain, London: Exhibition of The Society for Art of the Imagination; The Mall

Gallery;

exhibitions in Paris, France (Galerie Michelle Boulet and ArtClub Gallery), Denmark,

Copenhagen and Saeby (Galerie Brusen), Switzerland, Zurich (Galerie Alexander E.Raeber),

Nice, France (Galerie Princesse de Kiev), Belgium, Brussels (d’Espace Evanescence), USA,

Santa Fe (Chalk Farm Gallery); Manchester Art Show, Salon DEC'OH in Monaco.

 

1980-90 – Exhibitions in Ukraine and abroad including: Manezh, Moscow; the Art Academy

in St. Petersburg, Russia; Treasures of a Forgotten Country, group exhibition, Lincoln Center,

New York; Irena Gallery, solo exhibition, Kiev, Ukraine; US exhibitions in Pittsburg, PA and

St. Petersburg, FL, European exhibitions in France and Sweden. Igor Grechanyk also

organized exhibitions of the Creative Association, Golden Gates, in Kiev, and an exhibition

devoted to Carlos Castaneda.