Pryimachenko Mariya Oksentiyivna, 1908 - 1997

A prominent Ukrainian artist, master of decorative folk art. She was engaged in embroidery, ceramics, illustrations for children's books. Born in the village of Bolotnya, Kyiv region. In 1936 she graduated from the School of folk artists, where at that time V. Krychevskyy, A. Petrytskyy, V. Kasiyan were teaching, and began her active exhibition...

A prominent Ukrainian artist, master of decorative folk art. She was engaged in embroidery, ceramics, illustrations for children's books. Born in the village of Bolotnya, Kyiv region. In 1936 she graduated from the School of folk artists, where at that time V. Krychevskyy, A. Petrytskyy, V. Kasiyan were teaching, and began her active exhibition activity. In late 1930s her works were exhibited in Kyiv, Moscow, Leningrad, Paris, Warsaw, Sofia, Montreal, Beijing, etc. In 1937 the graphics of the artist impressed the visitors of the international exhibition in Paris, where she received a gold medal. P. Picasso called her Тa brilliant womanУ and her works "beautifully crafted". M. Chagall were so fascinated by the masterХs works that started painting strange creatures, very similar to the animals made by M. Pryimachenko. She was awarded the State Prize of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic of T. Shevchenko (1966) for a series of works "For people's joy". Since 1970 - Honored Artist of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. In 1988 she was awarded the title of the People's Artist of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. In "The World Encyclopedia of Naive Art" (Belgrade, 1984) she was recognized as A-list star (the work of M. Pryimachenko adorns the cover of this publication), who stands next to such masters as A. Russo, N. Pirosmani and I. Generalych. M. Glushenko admired the talent of the artist: "Pryimachenko is the only artist among her people. The aesthetics of our people is concentrated inside of her". Hers work are kept in many museums of Ukraine, including the Museum of Ukrainian Decorative Folk Art, the State Museum of T. Shevchenko and Zaporizhzhya Art Museum.

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