Volodymyr Makarenko (also known as Makar) was born in 1943 in the village of Novo-Pushkarivka, near the city of Dnipropetrovsk. He studied at the Art School of Dnipropetrovsk and the Mukhina Institute of Applied Arts in Leningrad, from where he graduated in 1969, with a Diploma in Monumental Art. That year he became a member of the famous St. Petersburg Group of Artists, which became known in the West as the “Leningrad Group.” Forced to leave Leningrad in 1973, Makarenko settled in Tallinn, Estonia. While in Tallinn, Makarenko participated in numerous exhibitions. In 1975, one of his works, which was accepted by the XI Biennale of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia, was awarded First Prize. In December of 1975, Makarenko, together with F. Humeniuk, V. Sazonov, and V. Strelnikov, organized, in Moscow, the first unofficial exhibition of Ukrainian Non-Conformist artists. Makarenko’s first solo exhibitions were held in 1979 in Tallinn and in Paris. A catalogue of his water colors was published by the Hardy Gallery in Paris. His paintings were included in the catalogue and exhibits of “Contemporary Art from Ukraine” in 1979 and 1980 in Munich, London, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, and Cleveland. Finally, in 1980, Makarenko was allowed to emigrate to the West. Together with his wife and daughter he settled in Paris. In 1982, he had one-man shows in Paris, Stockholm, and Toronto. In October, 1982, Makarenko participated in the group exhibition of “Contemporary Artists from Ukraine” in Metz, France. His oils, watercolors, and acrylics were exhibited in the “Contemporary Artists from Ukraine” Group Exhibit in Toronto and Winnipeg, Canada. Makarenko lives and works in Paris.
Artfira Gallery announces release of a new book ‘Volodymyr Makarenko Paintings.'
‘Volodymyr Makarenko Paintings’ is a long awaited publication that studies 45 creative years of Volodymyr Makarenko, a Ukrainian modernist and non-conformist artist who has been living in Paris since 1981. With over 150 color reproductions of paintings and drawings by Makarenko dating as early as 1962 up to the most recent works, this book offers a comprehensive study of the artist’s oeuvre.
Makarenko established himself as an artist while studying art in St. Petersburg where he joined a well known group directed by Michail Chemiakin “Petersburg” in the late 1960s. Whether Makarenko lived in St. Petersburg, Tallinn, or Paris, he has always been a Ukrainian artist inspired by national style and ornaments, inspired by rich Ukrainian history and traditions.
‘Volodymyr Makarenko Paintings’ contains 200 pages, over 150 color illustrations, a number of photographs from personal archive of the artist and forewords by Prof. Daria Darewych (Toronto) and Vita Susak (Lviv); text by Jean Claude Markade (Paris) and an interview with the artist by Alexander Demko recorded in Paris in 2008. Illustrated works by Makarenko are from the artist’s collection as well as museum and private collections in the USA, Canada, Germany, France and Ukraine. Ukrainian texts edited by Vasyl Makhno. English text edited by Prof. Daria Darewych. This is a highly anticipated publication for all those who admire and collect works by Volodymyr Makarenko.
‘Volodymyr Makarenko Paintings’ (Hardcover)
Publisher: Artfira Gallery, artfira.com
Alexander Demko and Anton Solomoukha (Art photographs)
Artfira Gallery (Concept)
Design by Lukyan Turetsky - 2D-Studio, Ukraine
Language: Ukrainian, English and Russian
Product Dimensions: 285 x 215 x 18 mm / 11.25 x 8.5 x 0.75 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 kg / 2 lb. 9.20 oz.
Price: $40 plus shipping cost
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This publication was made possible thanks to a generous support provided by:
Daria and Jurij Darewych, Toronto
Volodymyr Kvashuk, Kyiv
Danylo Volynets and Oksana Markarova, USA
Prof. & Mrs. Basil A. Kalymon, Toronto