Exhibitions

Exhibition “First of all is an Artist:
Exhibition of Paintings and Graphic Works
of Merited Architect of Ukraine Vitalii Kryvenko”
within the art project “In an Artist’s Studio”

    The exhibition “First of all is an Artist: Exhibition of Paintings and Graphic Works of Merited Architect of Ukraine Vitalii Kryvenko” is dedicated to the commemoration day of Merited Architect of Ukraine, a citizen of honor of Kirovohrad, now Kropyvnytskyi, Vitalii Yefremovych Kryvenko (1937-2020). It is presented within the art project “In an Artist’s Studio”.
    The exhibition was organized by the initiative of the architect’s widow Liudmyla Ivanivna Kryvenko. The exposition consists of 76 paintings and graphic works from the family collection. Landscapes, still lifes, portraits, and narrative-thematic paintings were created by Vitalii Yefremovych Kryvenko between 1960 – 2000, and they reveal another side of his creative personality. The exhibition is completed with the documents and photographs from the archive of V.Ye.Kryvenko.
    Vitalii Yefremovych Kryvenko has dreamt of being an artist since his childhood. According to the architect’s memoirs published in the all-Ukrainian weekly newspaper “Ukraina-tsentr” No15 (1426) – 18 (1429), April 15 – May 6, 2021, edited by the famous journalist Olena Nikitina from Kropyvnytskyi, who suggested the title of the exhibition dedicated to the memory of the artist: “My interest to drawing has aroused unexpectedly in my childhood”.
    “While exploring the works of the exposition of the exhibition, you may think that Vitalii Kryvenko’s interest in history, work of the projects for the museums of Marko Kropyvnytskyi and Oleksandr Osmerkin, creation of heraldry system, memorials is his attempt to bring the town to life, give sense to its existence. It seems that he shapes a new portrait of the polis from the real significant images of the past for which he stands up. Not without a reason, another architect, a wife of the painter Oleksandr Osmerkin Nadiia Heorhiivna with whom Vitalii Yefremovych communicated a lot, signed a catalog of the outstanding artist and wrote there: “To Vitalii Yefremovych a companion and a true, demanding architect of principle who is committed to the planned house-museum of the painter Osmerkin in Kirovohrad. 29.06.1990. N.Osmerkina”, - mentioned the art history expert, Merited Artist of Ukraine Andrii Nadezhdin in the introductory article “Secrets of the Creative Work of the Merited Architect of Ukraine Vitalii Kryvenko” to the catalog of the exhibition.
    Vitalii Yefremovych Kryvenko (August 13, 1937 – May 24, 2020) was born in Kirovo (now Kropyvnytskyi). Graduated with honors from Ivanovo Art College (1968) and Kyiv Institute of Engineering and Construction, now Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture, the Department of Urban Development (1976). A member of the National Union of Architects of Ukraine. Merited Architect of Ukraine (2009). A freeman of the town of Kirovohrad (2014). A laureate of the Regional Award in Architecture, Heraldry, Vexillology, Decorative and Applied Art named after Yakiv Pauchenko in the nomination “heraldry and vexillology” (2004, 2018).
    The founder and head of Kirovohrad Regional Department of Ukrainian Heraldry Union (1996-2020). The chief architect of the town of Kirovohrad (1976-1987), the chief architect of Kirovohrad industrial group “Chervona Zirka” (1987-1991), the head of the Department of City Planning, Architecture, Land Planning, and Land-Use of Kirovohrad City Executive Committee (1991-1996).
    Is the author and co-author of more than 50 projects of constructions of the social and cultural sphere, monuments and municipal improvement objects in Kropyvnytskyi. The most famous among them are: Memorial Complex to the Fallen Soldiers on the Ramparts (the sculptors - People’s Artist of Ukrainian SSR Vasyl Ahibalov, Merited Artist of USSR Yakiv Ryk) 1981, M.L.Kropyvnytskyi Memorial Museum 1982, Monument to Bohdan Khmelnytskyi (the sculptors – People’s Artist of the USSR Makar Vronskyi and Merited Art Worker of Ukraine Anatolii Honchar) 1992, Project of the Reconstruction of the General Post Office and installation of the sculpture of Angel-foreteller in the niche of the attic floor (the sculptor – Merited Art Worker of Ukraine Anatolii Honchar) 2000, Monument to Guardian Angel (the sculptor – Merited Art Worker of Ukraine Anatolii Honchar) and Soborna Square near it 2004,Monument to the founders of the plant ‘Chervona Zirka” (Red Star) brothers Robert and Thomas Elvorti (the sculptor – People’s Artist of Ukraine Mykola Oliinyk) 2004, Project of the reconstruction of the square and the monument “Internationalist Soldiers of All Generations in the Kirovohrad Region” 2008, Project of the creation of the square outside the City Council and installation of the monument to the mayor of Yelisavethrad (now Kropyvnytskyi) Oleksandr Pashutin (the sculptor – Merited Art Worker of Ukraine Liubomyr Yaremchuk) 2009, Monuments to outstanding countrymen: to the Hero of the Soviet Union Hryhorii Kuropiatnykov (the sculptor – a member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine Arkadii Matsiievskyi) 2010, to the Nobel Laureate Ihor Tamm at the square outside the Research and Development enterprise “Radiy” (the sculptor – Volodymyr Tsysaryk) 2012, to the public figure Volodymyr Kyrylovych Vynnychenko at the square outside Central Ukrainain Pedagogical University named after V.Vynnychenko (the sculptor – Volodymyr Tsysaryk) 2010, to a pedagofue and pianist Heinrich Neuhaus at the square outside the Music College (the sculptor – Volodymyr Tsysaryk) 2013 and Architectural and Sculptural Composition “Student Community” at the square outside Central Ukrainian National Technical University (the sculptor – Volodymyr Tsysaryk) 2013. Participated in the development of the general plan town development and the projects of the planning of some districts, including the riverfront, Vokzalna Street, and others.
    Vitalii Yefremovych Kryvenko is the initiator of the development and renewal of heraldry in Ukraine, the author of the coat of arms and flag of the Kirovohrad Oblast, the author and co-author of the coats of arms, flags of the administrative districts and cities of oblast subordination of the Kirovohrad Oblast, as well as postmarks, jubilee coins, and other symbols. Is the author of many articles in the media on the issues of heraldry and vexillology, architecture and town planning. Is a co-author of the album and catalog “Symbols of the Kirovohrad Region” (2002) and the collection “Symbols of Administrative Districts and Cities of Oblast Subordination in the Kirovohrad Oblast” (2004).
    For the significant personal contribution to the state construction, social and economic, scientific and technical, cultural and educational development of Ukraine, significant professional achievements and high professionalism Merited Architect of Ukraine Vitalii Yefremovych Kryvenko was awarded the following awards and honors: Order of Merit of the 2nd and 3rd degree, Order of Venerable Nestor the Chronicler of the 3rd degree, Certificate of Merit of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Distinctions of the Executive Committee of Kropyvnytskyi City Council for Merit of the 1st and 2nd degree, Certificates of Merit from the National Union of Architects of Ukraine, State Committee for Construction, Architecture, and Housing Policy of Ukraine, Kirovohrad Regional State Administration and Regional Council, Kropyvnytskyi City Council.


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Poster of the exhibition

Exposition of the exhibition

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Documents and photos from the archive of Merited Architect
of Ukraine Vitalii Kryvenko

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Self-portrait
1995
Oil on cardboard
40ő30 cm
Still life
1960
Oil on cardboard
28ő20 cm
Still life
1960s
Oil on cardboard
48ő29 cm
Nude
1960s
Sanguine on paper

50ő40,5 cm
Female portrait
1960s
Pencil on paper
43ő31 cm
Male portrait
1960s
Retouch on paper
43ő31 cm

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Builders
1960s
Watercolors,
gouache on paper

39ő49 cm
Builders
1960s
Watercolors,
gouache on paper

40ő49 cm
Still life
1975
Watercolors
on paper

51ő40 cm
Still life
1977
Watercolors
on paper

38ő54 cm
Landscape
1978
Watercolors
on paper

34ő44 cm

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Landscape
1978
Watercolors
on paper

34ő48 cm
Landscape
1978
Watercolors
on paper

34ő44 cm
Landscape
1978
Watercolors
on paper

34ő44 cm
Landscape
1978
Watercolors
on paper

33ő44 cm
Landscape
1978
Watercolors
on paper

34ő48 cm

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Landscape
1978
Watercolors
on paper

30ő40 cm
Landscape
1970s
Watercolors
on paper

45ő33 cm
Landscape
1970s
Watercolors
on paper

35ő49 cm
Landscape
1970s
Watercolors
on paper

45ő33 cm
The Blessed Virgin
1970s
Oil on canvas
on cardboard

39ő21 cm

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Still life
1970s
Watercolors
on paper

70ő48 cm
Still life
1970s
Watercolors
on paper

54ő41 cm
Portrait of the wife
1970s
Watercolors
on paper

54ő36 cm
Portrait of wife
with daughters

1970s
Sanguine on paper
44ő56 cm
Daughter Olia
1970s
Watercolors
on paper

31ő39 cm
Female portrait
1970s
Watercolors
on paper

46ő33 cm

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Portrait of the wife
1970s
Watercolors, pastel
on paperŕă

54ő34 cm
Female portrait
1970s 1980s
Color pencils
on paper

35ő27 cm
Landscape
1982
Watercolors
on paper

53ő42 cm
Female portrait
1983
Watercolors
on paper

41,5ő27 cm
Landscape
1985
Oil on cardboard
32ő49 cm
Landscape
1986
Oil on cardboard
34ő39 cm

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Landscape
1986
Oil on cardboard
36ő26 cm
Still life
1986
Oil on cardboard
40ő30 cm
Landscape
1987
Oil on canvas
on cardboard

37ő23 cm
Still life
1988
Oil on cardboard
52ő36 cm
Landscape
1980s
Watercolors
on paper

45ő35 cm
Landscape
1980s
Oil on cardboard
35ő25 cm

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Landscape
1980s
Watercolors
on paper

42ő30 cm
Landscape
1980s
Gouache on paper
23ő19 cm
Landscape
1980s
Oil on cardboard
20ő28 cm
Landscape
1980s
Oil on cardboard
25ő25 cm
Landscape
1980s
Watercolors
on paper

44ő33 cm

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Landscape
1980s
Oil on cardboard
44ő32 cm
Landscape
1980s
Oil on cardboard
36ő48 cm
Landscape
1980s
Oil on cardboard
46ő35 cm
Female portrait
1980s
Oil on cardboard
46ő34 cm
Portrait of
daughter Olha

1980s
Oil on cardboard
36ő26 cm

 
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Portrait of daughter
Nataliia

1980s
Oil on cardboard
47ő35 cm
Female portrait
1980s
Oil on cardboard
48ő36 cm
Still life
1980s
Oil on paper

45ő33 cm
Cactus
1980s
Oil on cardboard
28ő20 cm
Still life
1980s
Oil on cardboard
40ő30 cm
Still life
1980s
Oil on paper
46ő35 cm

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Female portrait
1980s - 1990s
Watercolors
on paper

50ő37 cm
Composition
1980s - 1990s
Tempera on
cardboard

49ő39 cm
Composition
1980s - 1990s
Gouache, tempera
on paper

49ő40 cm
Landscape
1990
Oil on cardboard
41ő41 cm
Landscape
1991
Watercolors
on paper

70ő50 cm
Landscape
1990s
Oil on cardboard
36ő48 cm

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Landscape
1990s
Oil on cardboard
36ő48 cm
Landscape
1990s
Oil on cardboard
23ő28 cm
Landscape
1990s
Oil on cardboard
25ő33 cm
Female portrait
1990s
Oil on cardboard
25,5ő32,5 cm
Nude
1990
Oil on cardboard
69ő49 cm

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Nude
1990s
Oil on cardboard
63ő49 cm
Nude
1990s
Oil on cardboard
64ő49 cm
Landscape
1990s
Watercolors
on paper

45ő33 cm
Landscape
1990s
Oil on cardboard
20ő14 cm
Landscape
1990s - 2000s
Oil on cardboard
34ő24 cm
Landscape
1990s – 2000s
Oil on cardboard
13,5ő20,5 cm

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Composition
1990s – 2000s
Oil on cardboard
24ő20 cm
Composition
1990s – 2000s
Oil on cardboard
24ő24 cm
Landscape
2000s
Oil on canvas
on cardboard

35ő49 cm
Landscape
2000s
Oil on cardboard
34ő25 cm
Sculpture compositions
1990s
Cutting on wood
36ő15 cm