| IGOR GRECHANYK
Igor Grechanyk, Maestro of Bronze, is widely known in the Ukraine.
Far beyond, his star is uncheckably in the ascendant as well. He
regularly receives prestigious commissions from domestic and foreign
governments. Ever since the Ukraine became independent on 24th August
1991, there has been a continued endeavor to strengthen the national
identity, for which the famous and illustrious past provides a rich
source, for the fine arts in particular. Within this context the
recent past has seen the unveiling of larger than life-size sculptures
of the Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko in Baku and Sofia, witnessed
by the president. Grechanyk’s monument in honor of the bond
of friendship between Kiev and Moscow has been in Kiev since 2001.
Thus, various public areas are dominated by his monumental sculptures.
Yet it is only in an indirect manner that they represent the true
nature of his artistry.
The expression in the work created by Igor Grechanyk, in which primeval
power, beauty and elegance vie for priority, to me is like a spiritual
infusion of matter. He finds his inspiration in an older world that
still permeates and influences the present. This is the magical
world of classical antiquity, of Egyptian, Scythian and early Christian
mythology. He transforms this past into a new present-day reality,
which is at once universal and strictly personal. Through his work
the artist ranges beyond the scope of the phenomenal world, thus
giving birth to a new Baroque, in which the spiritual, immaterial
expression takes precedence over and gloriously outshines the material
reality of the sculpture.
Igor has become entirely fused with his m?tier, as it were. Like
him, his father and grandfather were active as sculptors, as is
his own son today. He is the new Prince Igor, who with his prodigious,
profoundly idiosyncratic talent and in a contemporary and magnificent
manner represents the Ukrainian identity.