Public art, sculpture, painting

    Michael Levchenko

    Artist

    About

    sculptor, art director of film Michael Levchenko

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    Was born in Kiev, Ukraine. Many of his works belong to private and public collections in Ukraine, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, the Czech Republic, Turkey, the United States, China, Japan, Argentina, Syria, Israel, Iran, Poland, Norway, Cyprus, Taiwan, Luxemburg, Belgium.

    BIOGRAPHY

    I was born in Kiev to a father who was an architect and painter, and to a mother who was a graphic designer. As a child, I recall joining my father in the ateliers of friends and colleagues, where there was a lot of smoking, coffee drinking, and arguing about modern Western art, which was prohibited in the USSR. As I grew up in an artistic environment, it was inevitable that I should begin painting at an early age. To my mind, being a painter meant freedom and rebellion. Fortunately, this kept me away from typical teenage problems, as I was too busy creating art. At the age of 12, I began attending evening painting classes at an art school after my regular daytime studies. I later enrolled in the National Academy of Arts and Architecture in the sculpture department. The school was a figurative Soviet school with a focus on propagandistic monuments.

    After “Perestroika”, Ukrainian independence, and the fall of the iron curtain, many European exhibitions made clear that the art world was different from the one we were taught about at the conservative academy.

    After graduating with a master’s degree in fine arts, I progressively opted for a more abstract and less figurative approach to sculpture.

    Although the founders of abstraction, Kasimir Malevich and sculptor Aleksandr Arkhipenko, were born and worked in my native city, they were deliberately forgotten and prohibited during Soviet times.

    While I spent a good deal of time doing different things: theatre art direction, cinema direction, creating music and promotional videos, and filming documentaries, I always return to my first love of sculpting.

    A trip to Rome in 2004 led me to make sculpture and painting my first priority. From 1999 to 2011, I was a member of the National Professional Union of Painters of Ukraine (a youth organization).

    I am currently a member of the Professional Artists’ Union, which is affiliated with the International Associate of Art IAA/UNESCO Ukraine.
    Since 2008, I have been a member of the International Association for Monumental Sculpture Events, Italy.
    Since 2007, I have participated in more in more than 60 international sculpting symposiums, festivals, and exhibitions in Ukraine, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, the Czech Republic ,Turkey, the United States , China, Japan , Argentina, Syria, Israel, Iran, Poland, Norway, Cyprus, Taiwan, Luxemburg, Belgium, and Azerbaijan.

    Travel has always had a great impact on my work and mindset. I have met many interesting people and visited hundreds of exhibitions and dozens of museums worldwide.

    EDUCATION

    UKRAINE 2016-2020, National Academy of Culture and Arts Management, Ph.D. research, Culture Study, Kyiv
    UKRAINE 1994-2000, Ukrainian Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, B.F.A., M.F.A. Sculpture emphasis, Kyiv
    UKRAINE 1991-1994, National Art School, Sculpture emphasis, Kyiv,
    UKRAINE 1988-1991, Art School No. 2, Painting emphasis, Kyiv,

    MEMBERSHIPS

    UKRAINE, Ukrainian Professional Artists’ Union Accepted to society in 1999-2011
    ITALY, AIESM International Association for Monumental Sculpture, Professional member since 2008

    Awards

    CHINA 2013, Nanjing, International Monumental Sports Sculpture Competition, Award
    CHINA 2012, Jinpo, International Monumental Sculpture Competition, Special prize
    UKRAINE 2003, Kyiv, Monument to Lost Journalists Competition, journalist’s prize
    UKRAINE 1998, Kyiv, National Art Students competition, First prize

    MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

    CYPRUS 2015 International Sculpture Park, Aya Napa
    ARGENTINA 2014, Santa Fe, Museum of Contemporary Art in Roldan
    ITALY 2013, San Benedetto del Tronto, Art Museum by the Sea
    ITALY 2008, Vollterra, Museum of Contemporary Art
    ARGENTINA 2008, Santa Fe, Museum of Contemporary Art in Roldan

    EXHIBITIONS and AUCTIONS

    BELGIUM 2017 International Sculpture Exhibition in New Jorg Gallery, Kalmhaut
    LUXEMBURG 2016 International Sculpture Exhibition in Central Train Station.
    GERMANY 2016 International Sculpture Exhibition in the Hamburg Castle, Hamburg
    GERMANY 2015 International Sculpture Exhibition, Gallery Mucha – Schwarzenbek
    GERMANY 2014 International Sculpture Exhibition, Gallery Mucha – Schwarzenbek
    MONACO 2014, International ART MONACO Fair
    USA 2014, SEE ME International Art Exhibition, Long Island, NY
    USA 2013, SCOPE ART MIAMI BEACH, Miami
    USA 2013, SEE ME International Art Exhibition, Long Island, NY
    GERMANY 2013, Sculpture Auction in ST.Blasien, Baden
    USA 2013, Angel Opensanz Foundation for Contemporary Art, NEW YORK City
    FRANCE 2013, International Art Fair Carrousel du Musee du Louvre, PARIS
    ITALY 2012, International Arte PADOVA Fair
    USA 2012, International PARALLAX ART FAIR, NEW YORK City
    NORWAY 2012, exhibition, Kristiansund, OVERLand Gallery
    GERMANY 2011, Sculpture Auction in ST.Blasien, Baden,
    ISRAEL 2011,International Sculpture Exhibition ,Maalot
    ARGENTINA 2008, 2nd International Small Sculpture Exhibition, Casa de Italia, Roldan, Santa Fe
    ITALY 2008, International Sculpture Exhibition, Contemporary Art Museum, Volterra, Pisa
    UKRAINE 2006, Contemporary Art Gallery TSEKH”, Kiev
    UKRAINE 2005, National Sculpture Triennial, Central Artists’ House Kiev
    USA 1999, Ukrainian Young Artists Exhibition and Auction, Miami
    UKRAINE 1998,Kiev “Stone-98” International Sculpture Exhibition
    USA 1997, Anderson Art Center Exhibition Chicago
    GERMANY 1997, Group Exhibition Viflingen
    CZECH REPUBLIC 1996, Group Exhibition Olomoutz
    UKRAINE 1995, International “Art-Piramy” Exhibition by Ukrainian Department of Culture Kiev
    UKRAINE 1993-2004, Took part in nine Annual All-Ukraine Exhibitions National Union of Ukrainian Artists

    INTERNATIONAL SCULPTURE SYMPOSIUMS

    2018
    CANADA International Art Symposium, Saint-Georges, (Québec) (Invitation)
    2017
    EGYPT International Art Symposium, Sharm El Sheikh
    CHILE International Sculpture Symposium, Santiago de Chile
    AZERBAIJAN International Sculpture Symposium, Baku
    FRANCE International Sculpture Symposium, Saint Michel de Chavaignes
    TURKEY International Marble Sculpture Symposium, Adana
    IRAN International Sculpture Symposium, Tehran
    2016
    IRAN International Sculpture Symposium, Tabriz
    LUXEMBURG, Gare International Art Festival, Luxemburg
    ITALY International Wood Sculpture Symposium, Valle Aurina
    TURKEY 23rd International Wood Sculpture Symposium, Izmit
    2015
    GERMANY 2015  International  Sculpture Symposium, Dresden, Moritzburg
    TURKEY 2015 International Stone Sculpture Symposium, Erdek
    CYPRUS 2015 International Sculpture Symposium, Aya Napa
    2014
    TURKEY  2014  Alanya International Stone Sculpture Symposium, Alanya
    ARGENTINA 2014 International Sculpture Symposium, Roldan, Santa Fe
    GERMANY  2014  International  Sculpture Symposium, Dresden, Meteliz
    2013
    GERMANY  2013  International Wood Sculpture Symposium, St.Blasien
    ISRAEL 2013  International Sculpture Symposium, Hurfeish
    ITALY   2013  International Sculpture Symposium, San Benedetto del Tronto
    FRANCE  2013 International Ice  Sculpture Fest, Valloire
    FRANCE  2013 International Snow Sculpture Fest, Valloire
    2012
    TURKEY   2012 International Sculpture Symposium, Hasankeyf, Batman
    NORWAY  2012 International Granite Sculpture Symposium, Eide
    CHINA   2012 International Urban Sculpture Creation Camp, Jinpo
    2011
    CHINA   2011 International Sculpture Festival, Huyan
    GERMANY  2011 International Sculpture Symposium, St.Blasien
    TURKEY   2011 International Sculpture Symposium, Istanbul
    ISRAEL 2011  XX International Sculpture Symposium , Maalot
    2010
    TURKEY   2010 International Sculpture Symposium, Izmir
    CHINA   2010 International  Urban Sculpture  Creation Camp, Tangshan, Nahu Park
    SYRIA   2010 International Sculpture Symposium, Damascus
    TURKEY   2010 1th International Sculpture Symposium, Malatya
    2009
    TURKEY  2009 6th Alanya International Stone Sculpture Symposium, Alanya
    CHINA 2009 International   Urban Sculpture Creation Camp, Urumqui,
    CANADA 2009 International Snow Sculpture Festival, Sarnia,
    USA 2009 International Snow Sculpture Symposium, Frankenmuth, Michigan
    2008
    ARGENTINA 2008 First International Sculpture Symposium, Palpala, Jujuy
    ARGENTINA 2008 2nd International Sculpture Symposium, Roldan, Santa Fe
    ARGENTINA 2008 First  International Sculpture Symposium  Puerto General de San Martin, Santa Fe
    TURKEY 2008 6th International Huseyin GEZER Marble Sculpture Symposium, Mersin,
    ITALY 2008 5th International Sculpture Symposium Volterra, Pisa,
    JAPAN 2008  Ice Sculpture Festival Asahikawa, Hokkaido
    2007
    SPAIN 2007  7th International Marble  Sculpture Symposium, Almeria
    1998
    UKRAINE 1998 All-Ukrainian Symposium of  Wooden Sculpture,  Ohtyrka,

    WORK AND ACHIEVEMENTS

    Kyiv, UKRAINE 2001-2009, Art teaching practice in PRIVATE ART SCHOOL
    Moskow, RUSSIA 2007-2008, Assistant of Art director Ice Sculpture Production
    Kyiv, UKRAINE2004, 2005,2006,2007Design of “Golden Frame” Award and logo for Kynolitipis International Film Festival
    UKRAINE 2003, Completion of steel monument to film director, S. Zelenchuk Hmelnytskyi,
    UKRAINE 2003, Completion of bronze monument to opera singer, F. Shalyapin, and painter, K. KorovinGurzuf, A.R.K.,
    Valencia, SPAIN 2002, Internship, Stone-Vision Decorative Sculpture Company

    Languages
    Ukrainian, Russian (native)
    English, Spanish (read, write, speak)

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    Call me: +38-097-919-04-02 – Email me: levchenco_m@ukr.net

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