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Mapping Valeriy Skrypka's Compelling Dreamscapes

By Dr. Sam Hunter, Emeritus Professor of Art History, Princeton University

The inaugural exhibition, Valeriy Skrypka: Paintings and Watercolors, provides an opportunity for a provocative look at the powerful contemporary art emerging from Ukraine . It is curated by noted expert, Sam Hunter, emeritus professor of art history at Princeton University and former director of The Minneapolis Institute of Art, The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University , and The Jewish Museum in New York . Hunter has described Skrypka as “a powerful artist who is among the most original and expressive artists of his generation.”

Skrypka's work has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally. He melds narrative symbolism and Ukrainian iconography into highly original works that shed light on universal experience. The figures, animals, birds, and objects in Skrypka's canvasses speak powerfully of the artist's ability to create aesthetic harmony, while not flinching from the contradictory discordant realities of twenty-first century life. 

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. The Skrypka exhibition sets the tone for this exciting new gallery by presenting the powerful works of an artist who has emerged from Ukraine . Skrypka synthesizes images from his Ukrainian past with his own perceptions in imaginative and fully realized works of art that are true to contemporary experience.

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