Serhiy Karpenko was born in 1965 in Kozatyn, Ukraine. The artist is a master wood carver. He has discovered his talent in early childhood, while in school carving miniature figures from chalk at the age of 8. At the age of 18, during an internship in Russian town of Ufa, the artist purchased his first set of wood carving tools and carved a profile of an Indian in wood. Serhiy Karpenko is known for his exquisite bas-relief woodcarvings on classical and folk themes. Recently the artist started experimenting in contemporary compositions and wooden sculpture. Each woodcarving takes from two to six months to complete with hundreds of hours of meticulous work.
Serhiy Karpenko held his first exhibition in 1999 at the Artists’ House in Kyiv. Over the last 16 years the artist held 16 exhibitions. He first presented his works to New York art lovers in 2004 when he held his solo exhibition at the Ukrainian Institute of America on Upper East Side in Manhattan. Most recently Karpenko exhibited at the Art Expo New York at Pier 94 in Manhattan on April 4-6, 2014.
In 2000 Serhiy Karpenko was awarded with a Medal of St. Volodymyr of Third Degree for support and popularization of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The Medal was presented by Patriarch Filaret, the Head of Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyiv Patriarchate. In 2009 Serhiy Karpenko was awarded with a title Honored Artist of Ukraine. The award was presented by President Victor Yushchenko.
The artist lives and works in Ukraine. To view artist’s works and video visit www.artinwood.info