Igor Grechanyk was born in Kiev, Ukraine on 10
August 1960. Raised in an artistic family and taking great interest
in art and drawing from his early years, he went to the Republican
Art School and graduated from it in 1978. In 1984 he graduated from
the State Art Institute in Kiev, Sculpture Faculty. From his childhood
Igor had an inner inclination to mystical stories, the mysterious,
to the world of the unknown and the unperceived. His aspiration
to understand the origins of human civilization, its values, the
deeper levels of consciousness, interrelations between the astral
- and the material world inspired him to undertake a study of esoteric
doctrines and ancient mythology and motivated him to start his journey
into the world of the collective unconscious, the storehouse of
images and symbols of the whole of humanity and all times.
The artist transcends the boundaries of ordinary existence and causes
a dialogue with another more ancient world, which looks on us intently.
This ancient world directs our search. It gives birth to three-dimensional
material images, filled with strong inner energy and realizing themselves
a part of a mysterious and magical universe.
Images of Ukrainian Lada, Sumerian Inanna, Egyptian Hathor, Greek
Aphrodite were born in the artist atelier as a modern interpretation
of the fundamental myth about the Great Goddess, the later Goddess
of Love. Another series of works brings us to the mystery and myth
about Eve and the forbidden fruit. These images have dynamism and
elegance, balance between movement and still of bronze. The artist
uses meaningful symbolic details, expressive silhouettes, contrasting
textures, and intricate lines subordinating them to the disclosure
of the supernatural and magical essence of his images. Fantastic
animals radiate the power of nature, they are dynamic, full of energy
and grace. But artist is making visible the inner mystical part
of these creatures, dependent on the artist’s will, quiet
in their strength. The ability of deliberate control of his perception
in combination with a high level of artistic technique characterizes
the multifaceted images of Igor Grechanyk.
Igor Grechanyk is a member of the National Artists
Union of Ukraine, member of the Society for Art of Imagination under
Honorary Presidency of Prof. Ernst Fuchs and he is a leader of the
Creative Association “The Golden Gate”, founded in 1997
in Kiev. Igor Grechanyk is a participant of many exhibitions and
art shows in many countries of the world. He also works on large
monuments. He currently resides and works in Kiev, Ukraine.