Skrypka, Valeriy

Travel in the Opposite Direction
Watercolor, paper
18.5 x 14 in
The Silence in the Garden
Watercolor, paper
18.5 x 14 in
Parting with Angel
Watercolor, paper
18 3/8 x 15 7/8 in
Friend
Oil on Belgian linen
16 x 10 5/8 in
Magic Tree, 2015
Oil on Belgian linen
64 x 40 in
Magic Tree #3
Oil on Belgian linen
64 x 40 in
Thoughtfulness
Oil on Belgian linen
13 3/4 x 9 3/8 in
Family
Oil on Belgian linen
60 x 36 in
Travelers
Oil on linen
24 x 30 in
Person with Mannequins, 2008
Oil on Belgian linen
40 x 96 in
Travel in the Opposite Direction
Oil on Belgian linen
42 x 64 in
Travelers Musicians
Oil on Belgian linen
17 x 24 in
Golden Evening, 2014
Oil on Belgian linen
40 x 70 in
Musician, 2013
Oil on Belgian linen
58 x 28 in
Returning to Paradise, 2008
Oil on Belgian linen
30 x 42 in
Visitor, II, 2014
Oil on Belgian linen
58 x 28 in
The Path to the Sun, 2015
Oil on Belgian linen
64 x 40 in
Fall Wind, 2008
Oil on Belgian linen
40 x 28 in
Player, 2008
Oil on Belgian linen
58 x 26 in
New Cloak, 2014
Oil on Belgian linen
54 x 24 in
Tree of Life, 2008
Oil on Belgian linen
30 x 42 in
Awakening, 2013
Oil on Belgian linen
42 x 80 in
Girl with Hat, 2012
Oil on Belgian linen
44 x 34 in
Birds, 2008
Oil on Belgian linen
42 x 58 in
Both in the Field
Oil on Belgian linen
64 x 42 in
Magic Trees #1
Oil on Belgian linen
44 x 64 in
Equilibrium, 2013
Oil on Belgian linen
58 x 26 in
Red Chair, 2013
Oil on Belgian linen
58 x 26 in
Controller of fate, 2008
Oil on Belgian linen
44 x 60 in
Golden Morning, 2010
Oil on Belgian linen
40 x 54 in
White Sail, 2009
Oil on Belgian linen
15 x 20 in
Valeriy Skrypka was born in 1964 in Zaporizhia, Ukraine into a family of artists. He graduated from the renowned Kyiv Academy of the Arts with a Master’s Degree in art in 1992. Skrypka’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally. He melds contemporary narrative symbolism with the iconography of ancient, mythological traditions of Ukraine to create imaginative works of art that shed light on universal experience. Sam Hunter, emeritus professor of art history at Princeton University, has noted that Skrypka’s aggressive use of paint, in combination with delicate and ethereal subjects, results in totally original works of art. The figures, animals, birds, and objects, touchstones from Ukraine’s ancient past and traditions are skillfully blended with the artist’s own original expressions of contemporary experience. The paintings are strong examples of the artist’s ability to create aesthetic harmony, while not flinching from the contradictory discordant realities of twenty-first century life. These profound and enduring works of art invite the viewer to contemplate the very nature of existence.

Artist's Statement

In my creativity, I aspire to interpret the inconceivableness of the universe, in which chaos wondrously coexists with the magnetism of an orderly rhythm. The components of my vision of this universe are fantastic combinations of its deformed elements. These are definite symbolic markings for speculating about the mystery of the world, a temptation to contemplate. The so-called surrealistic stresses of my fantasies are not marshaled to elicit gothic horror or disgust but rather an idyll, a unity of rhythm and motion, motion and support. My mythological beings are sphinx-like mysteries, which everyone interprets in his or her own way, yet none has solved.  My creativity is a perpetual search for true understanding of the unfathomable. It is why favorite mythological symbols in my work such as the apple of paradise, a wondrous bird, and the itinerant gardener, all exist in perpetual states of metamorphosis. 

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