Hutsaliuk, Liuboslav

Forest Scene, 1971
Oil on canvas
14 x 18 in
Still Life with Flowers and Tea Service, 1970
Oil on canvas
20 x 24 in
Parisienne Arch
Oil on canvas
16 x 12 in
Liuboslav Hutsaliuk’s art combines a dynamism characteristic of East European avant-garde art with traditions of French painting, from mannerism to impressionism and beyond. The artist was widely admired for his urban landscapes, particularly of New York and Paris. Born in Lviv, Ukraine, Hutsaliuk immigrated to the United States in 1949. He studied at Edvard Kozak’s studio in Berchtesgaden in the late forties and then graduated from the Cooper Union Art School in New York in 1954.

Hutsaliuk experimented with rich, glowing colors, often using a bold impasto technique that gives his paintings the appearance of multicolored mosaics. His essential expressionist style is often combined with other techniques. Critics have commented on the fusion in the artist’s work of a Ukrainian vitality with a French gracefulness. Hutsaliuk also produced many book illustrations and is well known for his caricatures in the New York satirical magazine Lys Mykyta (The Fox Mykyta), which he began contributing to in 1954.

Hutsaliuk died in 2003 in New York. For many decades, the artist divided his time between New York and Paris, and held numerous solo exhibitions in Paris, Milan, New York, Boston, Toronto, Kobe, and other cities. His paintings can be found in art collections around the world, particularly in France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, and the United States.

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