A personal exhibition “Graphic Miniatures” by a famous Odessa
artist, the People’s Artist of Ukraine Mykola Prokopenko. The exhibition was dedicated
to the 75th anniversary of the artist and presented within the museum art project of the
series of art exhibitions “Laureates of the Regional Award in Fine Art and the Study of
Art named after Oleksandr Osmerkin”. The art project is aimed at popularization of the
creative work of artists – laureates of the ward in the nominations “national
tradition” and “modern tendencies”; it presupposes organization of personal
exhibitions and publication of catalogs with articles on art history about artists and
with reproductions of their best works.
Prokopenko Mykola Mykolaiovych was born on August 17, 1945
in the village of Lymanske, Reniisky district, the Odesa Oblast. He lives and works in
Odesa. Graduated from Odesa State Art College named after M.B.Hrekov (1971) and Kyiv State
Art Institute, now the National Academy of Visual Art and Architecture (1977). The People’s
Artist of Ukraine (2015). A member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine. A member
of the National Union of Theatre Workers of Ukraine. A laureate of Kirovohrad Regional
Award in Fine Art and the Study of Art named after Oleksandr Osmerkin in the nomination
“modern tendencies” (2018). The academician of the International Academy of Arts and
Literature “Fatyan”, the academician of the International Yekaterynska Academy of
Arts, and Master of Painting Association "Freundschaft-Bruke" Gloria E.V.
(Germany), honorary freeman of Chornomorsk, the Odesa Oblast, and the town of Ochakiv, the
A painter, graphic artist, book graphic and illustrator, fine art
restorer of easel, tempera, oil, and monumental painting, artist and decorator. A
laureate, diploma winner, and winner of international, all-Ukrainian, and regional
exhibitions, as well as international biennale and triennale of graphic art and book
illustration of printed and script books. The artist has had more than 100 personal
exhibitions. The works are kept in the museum and galleries collections, collections of
the national libraries, and private collections in many countries.
The works are characterized by individual art style based on traditions
of Baroque plastics of Ukrainian Modern, symbols of folk art, and avant-garde searches of
the European artists of the 20th century. Decorativeness, monumentality, comicality of the
world perception in which steppe, sea, woman are the basis of the Ukrainian mentality of
the artist. The energy of his works impresses, and art images make you plunge into the
philosophy of existence.
In 2017, the artist’s personal exhibition was held in Kropyvnytskyi, in the gallery “Yelisavethrad”
and Regional Art Museum, now the Museum of Arts. That was also when Mykola Prokopenko
visited our museum and presented the catalog of his works and a painting. The next year,
at the support of the owner of the gallery “Yelisavethrad” Mykola Tsukanov, he handed
more than 50 graphic miniatures of 1985-1998 to the museum.
The works, made in the mixed technique with grey and colored pencils,
markers, watercolors, gouache, and Indian ink, are being exhibited for the first time in
the museum at the personal exhibition. Each of these unique art gems is a unique art work
and could be the basis for the painting composition. The size of the works is up to 10 cm
on the larger side.