“The Artwork of Oleksa Kovalenko & Walter Monastyretsky” opens on Friday, July 29th at 7:00 pm at the Ukrainian National Museum. Both painters are celebrated artists within the Chicagoland and the international art community.
The ethereal paintings by Oleksa Kovalenko transport you back in time to explore the rich history of Ukraine. Kovalenko draws his inspiration from the wellspring of Ukrainian customs and traditions. The artist as philosopher seeks to show Ukrainian culture through the lens of heritage and folklore. His oil paintings are beautiful and mysterious, and will transfer you to his native country of Ukraine.
Born in Kyiv, Ukraine in 1946, Kovalenko completed his artistic studies at the esteemed Kyiv State Academy of Sciences 1982. Oleksa Kovalenko has exhibited widely in both Ukraine and the United States and has works in private collections around the world, including Japan, Germany, Canada, Great Britain, Spain and Brazil.
A classically trained professional artist, Walter Monastyretsky’s specialty is oil on canvas. Landscape, nature and classic still life are among the artist’s favorites with the classic portrait as his forte. Monastyretsky was born, raised and educated in Ukraine where he became a licensed Pharmacist. His love of art guided him to Kyiv where he attended the Kyiv Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture. Earning a Bachelor’s Degree, and then a Masters of Fine Arts, he had to fulfill his dream of becoming an artist.
Before immigrating to the United States in 1998 Monastyretsky became well known throughout Eastern Europe exhibiting his works since 1981. Since moving to the United States, his works have become part of many prestigious private collections in over twenty countries and eleven museums. His landscape entitled “Lincoln Park” was presented to Mayor Richard Daley in August 2009. Monastyretsky has also participated in the exhibits of the Plein Air painters of Chicago.
Enjoy the colorful palette on display at the Ukrainian National Museum through August 21, 2011.
This event is sponsored by MB Financial
Location: 2249 West Superior Street in Chicago.
Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm,
Admission: Adults $5.00, Children under 12 – Free.