Igor Grechanyk was born (1960) and raised in Kiev, the capital
of Ukraine. He graduated in 1978 from the Republican Art School
in Kiev and in 1984 from the State Art Institute in Kiev (now
National Academy of Art), Sculpture Faculty. In 1985 he became
a member of the National Artists Union of Ukraine. He participates
actively in national and international exhibitions. Since
1997 he is a leader of the group "The Golden Gate",
united artists who has similar vision of their tasks in art
and close to modern surrealism and fantastic realism style.
Igor also works on large monuments. He currently resides and
works in Kiev, Ukraine.
Myth, Unknown, existing after the verge of ordinary existence
ñ is the basic impulse of Igor Grechanykís creative
works. It makes his images full of signs and Mystery, mystic.
Mysterious combinations of textures, gesture, character of
silhouette enter the spectator in the sphere of Supernatural.
Igor Grechanykís sculptures are filled with powerful
internal energy of tense life of image realizing itself as
a part of mysterious and magic Universe. Mastery of artist
allows him to represent both force and energy, as well as
grace and charm with the same lightness. The world of Igor
Grechanyk is filled with the manifestations of mysterious
ñ penetration in the world of Myth allows to embody
Unknown in the material plastic image, inspired with the spirit
"The life of artist is going in permanent creative search.
Something surreal sends its signals and an artist as receiver
transforms and retranslates them further. When you create
a sculpture first an image should come. It comes from outside,
from cosmos, if you like. The light non-material body is created
on another level. And an artist perceives it as a diode receiver.
First the image is not concrete, indistinct, but gradually
it becomes visible, its outline appears. Then it intensifies
and you realize it in this world. The process of this transition
can take years. And it is very important not to be in a hurry,
not to try to speed up the process, not to attract spirit
and form by force. Everything must go naturally. And in the
tensest moment you must let sculpture restî ñthe
artist says. According to him ìthe mission of an artist
is in liberation of spiritual energy of a man. Manís
potential opens as a result of communication with art, with
artist. Being plunged in the world of art, looker-on receives
an opportunity to get in touch with the source of creativeness
itself, enriching him by new spiritual experience. What an
artist can give to this world ñ is to disclose its
diversity, multiformity, to show that the world is much greater
than our notion about it. Contact with new unknown side of
existence gives rise to a new serial of images".
Some Recent Exhibitions
Manchester ñ Manchester Art Show
"The Charm of Femininity"
(Central Exhibition Hall)
"On the Road of Myths"
presented by Creative Association
"The Golden Gate"
"Contemporary Masters of Imaginary"
Galerie Michelle Boulet
14, Rue La Boetie, Paris
Modern Figurative Art Show
Exhibition of Art of Imagination