Ivan Aivazovsky (1817 – 1900)
World-wide seascape painter.
Professor the St.Petersburg Academy of Arts; member of European Academies in Rome, Paris, Florence, Amsterdam and Stuttgart. He painted landscapes of seascapes, went on to paint a series of portraits of Crimean coastal cities. In all the painter created more than 6 thousand paintings. Since 1845 he lived in
Feodosiya; money he earned was spent on opening school of arts that later became one of the art centers of Ukraine. He founded Cimmerian school of painting; interested in archeology; participated in the Crimean monuments protection and research of more than 80 barrows (some part of the found objects can be seen in the Hermitage Museum). An admiral who was decorated with the Legion of Honor (France), Order of the Medjidie of the First Class (Turkey, the country where there are some of outstanding works), “Diamond medal” (Ottoman Empire).
Monuments are installed in Kronstadt, Simferopol, Feodosiya, Lipetsk, Moscow and Minsk.
Ilya Repin (1844 – 1930)
Ukrainian-born Russian artist (was born in Kharkiv region), painter, master of portraits, historical and everyday of life scenes.
He studied in Italy and France. A member of the Association of travelling art exhibitions, professor of the Academy of Arts and a teacher at art school simultaneously. Memorial museum to Repin is situated in Chuhuiv (Kharkiv region), a native city of the painter.
Karpenko-Kary (I.K.Tobilevych 1845-1907)
Playwright of realistic direction.
His dramas were especially characterized by liveliness, integrity of characters and good language. His brothers are actors Sadovsky and Saksagansky. His mentor was Taras Shevchenko’s comrade. Karpenko-Kary was A.Tarkovsky’s brother–in-law (a father of the famous director of the end of XX century) and an ancestor of A. Zholdak (eccentric director of the end of XX century). He called himself as Tobilevich the 4th. In Kirovohrad one can see a museum-reserve named after Karpenko-Kary.
Mykola Lysenko (1842 –1912)
His name is closely connected with formation of Ukrainian professional music, musical education, musical culture and opera house in Ukraine.
His spheres of activity are rather various: composer, pianist, chorus conductor and public figure. Kiev and Lviv streets, Lviv national musical academy, Kharkiv state academic theatre of opera and Poltava musical school were named after Lysenko.
In his honor a stamp and an art marked envelope with an original stamp were issued; the National Bank of Ukraine also issued a jubilee 2 hryvnias coin with his image. He was buried at Baikove Cemetery (Kiev).
Levko Revutskyi (1889 – 1977)
Ukrainian composer, People’s Artist of the USSR, the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine academic, Stalin prize and the State USSR prize laureate.
He studied at conservatoire (a pupil of M.Lysenko, R.Glier and G.Khodorovsky) and, at the same time, at law faculty of the Kiev University. He taught at the Kiev Conservatoire and headed the Composers Union of Ukraine. He prepared a full collection of M.Lysenko’s compositions and wrote two symphonies, piano concert, choral and vocal compositions.
Solomiya Krushelnytska (1872 – 1952)
Famous Ukrainian opera singer and educator.
On occasion of celebration of the 125th anniversary of her birth a jubilee 2 hryvnias coin was issued. The Lviv Opera House (where one can seen a bronze monument), Ternopil musical school and streets in Ternopil bear her name. There is also a memorial-musical museum. Buried at Baikove Cemetery (Kiev).
Igor Stravinsky (1882 –1971)
Ukrainian-born Russian composer, conductor and pianist, one of the greatest representatives of the world musical culture of the XX century (Volyn region).
He took lessons from N.Rimsky-Korsakov. He lived in France and the USA. His creativity combined almost all leading directions and styles of his epoch. His power of influence, scale and significance of his creativity for contemporaries and descendants can be compared with creativity of artist Picasso. Bright original of Russian folklore interpretation in early works, “architectural and musical” constructions of neoclassical period, mystical atonality and dodecaphony of his late creativity – all this make him unique in the musical space of the XX century. Buried at the cemetery in San Michele in Venice.
Aleksey Shovkunenko (1884-1974)
Outstanding Ukrainian painter whose name is connected with the best achievements of Ukrainian painting.
His talent is many-sided. It includes deep psychological portraits (he created a gallery of prominent people of Ukraine), decorative light and air nature-mort, poetic landscapes of nature and pathos industrial landscapes. He worked in watercolor and pastel techniques. People’s Artist of the USSR, Fellow of the USSR Academy of Sciences, the National Prize of Taras Shevchenko laureate. Keeping following traditions of the XX century he developed them in his creativity and passed them to the next generation. He enjoyed incontestable authority. Being a professor of the Odessa and, later on, of Kiev Art institutes, he grew a whole pleiad of talented artists that would form color and fame of Ukrainian visual arts. Museum of Art named after his name is situated in Kherson (museum collection numbers more than 10000 exhibits; among of them are works of domestic and foreign painting, graphics and sculpture that vary from models of Russian icon painting dated from the XVII century to the work of modern Kherson painters).
Les Kurbas (1887–1937)
Ukrainian and Soviet actor and theater director.
Founder of political (in 1992) and then philosophical (in 1926) theatres in Ukraine. Despite certain unfavorable atmosphere of misunderstanding and malevolence for his creativity he fought against tendencies of art simplification to an end. Soon he was arrested. He was sent in exile and then shot (rehabilitated posthumously).
David Burliuk (1882 –1967)
A Ukrainian-born Russian poet (born in Kherson region), artist, one of the futurism founders.
He learned painting in Germany and France; influenced seriously on V.Mayakovsky; toured around Ural, Siberia, Fast East; lived in Japan for two years where he was studying culture of the East; lived in New-York; issued collections, brochures, his own magazine with colorful works, poems and reviews that he distributed through his friends on the territory of the USSR. According to his will his body was cremated and his aches were dispersed over Atlantic waters. Burliuk’s paintings and pictures can be seen in museums and private collections around the world. Museums of Burliuk regularly function in Brookline (the USA) and Sumy (Ukraine). Sumy is also a place where the Fund named after D.Burliuk exists; its members research a march and creative heritage of the famous fellow-townsman (e-mail: email@example.com). Chernyanka village (Kherson region), a birthplace of the artist, keeps an estate where young and unknown futurists gathered (among of them are Burliuk brothers, A.Kruchenykh, B.Livshits, V.Mayakovsky, V.Khlebnikov and others).
Poets wrote poems, painted, discussed on modern art. From time to time Kherson organizes All-Ukrainian avant-garde poetic festival.
Alexander Dovzhenko (1894 –1956)
Soviet and Ukrainian film director, writer, screenwriter and People’s Artist of the RSFSR.
Theme of Dovzhenko’s early works is closely connected with revolutionary pathos and Soviet cinema formation. Dovzhenko’s works in prewar period were considered to be founders of art means of war film journalism. Works of Dovzhenko as a mature master were especially characterized by composition formation and efficient shot design. Eternal values in his shots forced ideology out. Boldness of screen decision, natural scene change and absence of pasting and transitions surprised professional contemporaries of the director as well. Pioneering method to edit used by Dovzhenko had a great impact on the world cinematography.
He was awarded to Lenin and Stalin Prizes; the International Film Festival Prize in Venice. Odessa film studio and streets in Moscow, Kiev, Odessa, Nova Kakhovka (where he lived) bear his name.
Serge Lifar (1904 – 1986)
Ukrainian-born ballet dancer and choreographer (born in Kiev), famous as one of the outstanding and greatest ballet dancers of the XX century.
Contemporaries called him “a god of dance” and “a good genius of ballet of the XX century”. Lifar spent most of his life in France. He was a leading soloist of Serge Diaghilev’s “Russian Ballet’ and a premiere ballet dancer of “Grand Opera” theatre in Paris. He created more than 20 ballets, wrote 25 books about dance theory; founded the Paris choreography University and University of dance. Buried at Saint-Genevieve de Bois cemetery in Paris.
Anatoliy Solovyanenko (1932-1999)
Outstanding Ukrainian opera singer, tenor, lyric and drama actor.
People’s Artist of the USSR, People’s Artist of Ukraine, laureate of Lenin Prize and Taras Shevchenko National Prize; Knight of the Republic of Italy. In honor of Anatoliy Solovyanenko there is an opera and ballet theatre in Donetsk as well as a monument to him near it.
Herman Makarenko (born in 1961)
Conductor of the National academic opera and ballet theatre of Ukraine. More…
Laureate of international contests, candidate of Philosophical sciences, professor of the National musical academy of Ukraine, conductor and art director of the Kyiv Classic Orchestra. He toured with his orchestras and opera theatres from different countries, including the USA, Canada, France, Italy, Czech, Croatia, Slovakia, Russia and others.
Ivan Kozlovsky (1900 - 1993)
Great Russian and Ukrainian singer, lyric tenor, a man with unusual timbre and the highest vocal technique. More…
Outstanding interpreter of opera, chamber and spiritual vocal music. People’s Artist of the USSR. His repertoire included songs of different nations, ancient Russian romances, and classical romances of Russian composers as well as songs of foreign composers. Visiting villages, listening, arranging and singing village songs, romances and folk love songs Kozlovsky made a great contribution into musical treasure house of Russia. Thus, he accidently found, set to music and sang a romance “Ya vstretil vas…” (“I met you…”) that later on became extremely popular among chamber singers. Thanks to his care about his voice and heath Kozlovsky performed until he was 80. His image is depicted on a specially issued stamp and coin. There is an estate (Marianivka village) in Kiev region.
Ivan Martos (1754 — 1835)
Russian-Ukrainian sculptor and master of monumental art (born in Chernihiv region).
Studied in Saint-Petersburg and Rome (Italy).Thanks to his numerous works Martos enjoyed wide popularity not only in Russia but also in many other countries. Among of his works are the statue of John the Baptist (in Kazan Cathedral in Saint-Petersburg),the Monument to Minin and Pozharsky prince, the monument to Duc de Richelieu in Odessa and the monument to Potemkin prince in Kherson and many others.
Bohdan Stupka (born in 1941)
Prominent Soviet and Ukrainian actor. More…
People’s Artist of the USSR, the USSR State Prize laureate, People’s Artist of Ukraine. In the period of 1999-2001 he held a position of the Ministry of culture and arts of Ukraine. Since 2001 he is art director of the National Academic Drama Theater named after Ivan Franko in Kiev.
Gregory Veryovka (1916-1960)
Ukrainian composer, chorus conductor and educator. In 1943 he was an artistic director and chief conductor of the National Ukrainian Folk Chorus. More…
As a composer G.Veryovka worked mainly in chorus genre (choruses, ensembles, songs, romances and others); he was an expert and collector of folklore. He was recognized as creator of mass song and master of folk song arranging. He was awarded to the USSR State Prize. People’s Artist of the USSR.
The National Ukrainian Folk Chorus named after G.Veryovka is the best visiting card that has been bringing a confession-song, a ballad-song and a soul-song to the wide world for more than 60 years.
Kira Muratova (born in 1934)
Soviet and Ukrainian director, screenwriter. More…
In 1961 Kira Muratova became a director at the Odessa film studio. She uses creativity to raise modern problems of morality and describe mixed characters of human. Such actors as Vladimir Vysotsky, Zinaida Sharko, Nina Ruslanova and Renata Litvinova starred in Kira Muratova’s films. She is also a director of 20 films, a screenwriter of 9 films and an actor in 3 films. Laureate of the USSR Film Festival, a winner of three “Nika” and three “Kinotavr” prizes; Honored “Leopard” of the International Film Festival in Locarno. She won the Special Prize at the Berlin Film festival. Laureate of the Chief Prize of Arts (Berlin Academy of Arts), Laureate of “Freedom” Prize (American film fund). She is awarded to Yaroslav the Wise Order.
Oleh Skrypka (born in 1964)
Ukrainian musician, vocalist, composer and leader of “Vopli Vidopliassova” rock band. More…
During 1991-1996 Oleh Skrypka and his band lived in France and toured around the country. He has given concerts in Switzerland, Israel, Portugal, Siberia, London, Moscow, New-York, Toronto and Riga. He also translated Viktor Tsoi’s songs into Ukrainian. In 2005 because of political views he rejected the title of People’s Artist of Ukraine. In 2009 a group of young activists offered to nominate him to the post of the President of Ukraine, but Skrypka refused.
Ruslana Lyzhychko (born in 1973)
Ukrainian singer, composer, pianist, conductor and People’s Artist of Ukraine; best-known as Ruslana. More…
Her song repertoire is rather diverse; in general she performed in ethnic pop style. Her image is depicted on a stamp. In 2004 she won the Eurovision Song Contest in Istanbul. Ruslana actively participated in electioneering of Viktor Yushchenko. In 2006 the singer was elected as “Our Ukraine” party deputy to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukarine. Later on she abandoned a mandate.
Milla Jovovich (born in 1975)
American actress of Serbian and Russian origin (born in Kiev), musician and a model. More…
Starred in 22 films (“The Fifth Element”, “Joan of Arc”, “Resident Evil” and others). She was married director Luc Besson; at present time the actress is married director Paul Anderson.
Olha Kurylenko (born in 1979)
Ukrainian actress and model who starred in 12 films. More…
She became a famous actress after “Paris, I love” screening (in 2006) where she starred with Elijah Wood. In January 2008 she was offered to play “Bond’s girl” in another film of the Agent007 serial.