Biennale of Naive Art and
Primitivism “Velour Cat” named after Andrii Lipatov to the all-Ukrainian Day of
Cultural Workers and Folk Art Masters (November,9) was founded by Oleksandr Osmerkin
Art-Memorial Museum with the support of the Department of Culture and Tourism of the City
Council of the town of Kropyvnytskyi.
Among the co-organizers of the unique art event are the Public
Institution “Museum of Arts of Kirovohrad Regional Council”, Gallery
“Eelisavetgrad”, and Kirovohrad Regional Organization of the National Union of Artists
of Ukraine. The information support is provided by the newspaper of the community of
Kropyvnytskyi town “Vechirnia Gazeta”, Kropyvnytskyi television and radio broadcasting
company “TTV”, as well as the National Union of Artists of Ukraine and all-Ukrainian
The art project aimed at preservation and development of the original
folk traditions in the modern amateur and professional visual art, promotion of visual art
as one of the effective means of the Ukrainian culture development, and perpetuation of
the memory of the unique Naive master, fellow artist, a member of the National Union of
Folk Art Masters of Ukraine Andrii Lipatov.
Andrii Lipatov (1960-2010) was a mechanical engineer
by specialization but an artist in heart. He lived a short but very bright life. His
distinctive paintings were exhibited at exhibitions and festivals of folk, decorative and
applied, and naive art not only in Ukraine but also in France, Russia, Great Britain, and
Ireland. The works of the talented artist are kept in many museums and private collections
in Ukraine and abroad. A mural depicting his painting “A walk along Dvortsova Street”,
created in 2019 on the wall of the Museum of Arts to the 265th anniversary of
Kropyvnytskyi, is a unique landmark of the town.
A painting “Velour cat” (1998) by Andrii Lipatov is kept in the
collection of Oleksandr Osmerkin Art-Memorial Museum. This painting gave the title to the
artproject and became the basis of its logo and design of the certificate of participation
in the Biennale. “This work with the image of velour cat does not only reflect the
author’s view of the surrounding world but also is his self-portrait, and the monogram
“A.L.” on the cat’s side points to that. Thanks to its ingenuousness and high
artistic professionalism it reflects the general mood of two artistic styles – Naive art
and Primitivism”, - the author of the scientific concept of the biennale, a leading
researcher of the museum, art historian, Merited Artist of Ukraine Andrii Nadezhdin
In 2020, the Biennale was held virtually because of the lockdown
throughout Ukraine to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 and according to the
restriction to hold public events of any kind.
The exposition of the virtual exhibition of the participants of the
First Biennale of Naive Art and Primitivism “Velour Cat” named after Andrii Lipatov to
the all-Ukrainian Day of Cultural Workers and Folk Art Masters consists of 227 works by 55
artists from different regions in Ukraine.
As the main task of the Biennale is the contribution to the development
of amateur and professional creative work based on the appeal to the folk art traditions,
a form of artistic and rural folklore, discovery and support of talented artists who work
in Naive Art and Primitivism, the participants of the event became both professional
artists – People’s Artist of Ukraine Mykhailo Nadezhdin (Kropyvnytskyi), Merited
Artists of Ukraine Yurii Kafarskyi (Mohyliv-Podilskyi, Vynnytsia obl.), Andrii Nadezhdin
and Serhii Shapovalov (Kropyvnytskyi), Merited Folk Art Master of Ukraine Oleksandra
Prenko (Kropyvnytskyi), iconic figures of modern Ukrainian visual art, painters Volodymyr
Kabachenko (Odesa) and Anatolii Furlet (Chernivtsi), members of the National Unions of
Artists and Folk Art Masters of Ukraine, amateur artists who successfully fulfill
themselves through visual art.
Neo-baroque, symbolism, surrealism, fantasy, decorativism, realism, and
aesthetic kitsch roughly define the main movements of creative searches of the artists
whose works are shown in the exposition of the exhibition of the Biennale participants.
Each artist tries to develop a unique artistic idea overcoming the boundaries of any style
features and generally accepted art cliches. The exhibition proves that freedom of
artistic choice and desire for its practical implementation is the main characteristics of
modern Ukrainian visual art.