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29 September 2018
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A holiday with a brush in hands: this September in the Transcarpathian Vynnychky, it was held the International Art Plein air “Chorna Hora”. The artists from Ukraine, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland gathered in Transcarpathia to get inspiration. Among them, there was also the contestant of the “Silver Easel”, the young artist Andrii Chyzhov.

Plein air was interesting because it brought together representatives of not only different countries but also different generations. Andrii Chyzhov turned out to be the youngest one – only 23.  At the same time, the oldest participant Volodymyr Mykyta celebrated his 87th birthday.

The curator of the plein air Ivan Bilan noticed: “A plein air of such a level is held in Transcarpathia for the first time. The eminent artists of four countries came here. In addition to foreign participants, there are the representatives from major painting schools of Ukraine: Kyiv, Kharkiv, Lviv, and Transcarpathia. Unfortunately, masters from Odesa could not come. This, one can say, is a historical plein air – three generations of artists are working side by side: grandparents, parents and sons.”

The curators of the project, the chairman of the public organization “Art Module” Ivan Bilan and his colleague Transcarpathian artist Viktor Myhovych, managed to invite the famous Transcarpathian artists such as V. Mykyta, I. Brovdi, T. Tabaka, S. Hai, P. Antyp, V. Shkarupa, K. Hollo, M. Tsapovchak and others.

“I was pretty excited when I was invited to take part in a project with the artists I read about in some articles. I’ve been watching their projects since I fell in love with contemporary art. Such plein airs are rare. Therefore, to be near and work together with such powerful masters is a great blessing,” Andrii Chyzhov admitted.

Andrii was sure he received invaluable experience because senior colleagues gave him a lot of useful advice and guidance – he even formulated a wider understanding of the phrase Black Mountain (Chorna Hora): “In my opinion, the plein air is the most comfortable way to share experiences. To be among the top artists for a whole week – it's not just experience, it's a school of life! I got a lot of new knowledge: from how to squeeze out paints from the tube correctly to the deep self-knowledge. When communicating you understand that behind every great name there is a “black mountain” of difficulties and obstacles overcame – success does not fall from the sky.”

Andrii Chyzhov noted that the atmosphere was relaxing, which only encouraged to create and share the experience. “I felt like a member of a great artistic family. It is inspiring.”

During the plein air, Andrii created several landscapes in the author's style – his interpretation of Transcarpathian nature is interesting and fresh, he gives it new meanings and encourages the viewers to contemplate.

According to the results of the plein air, it was held an exhibition at Vynohradiv gallery “Impasto”. Learn more HERE.

Text: Kseniia Shokina
Photos provided by Andrii Chyzhov
© Art & Culture Foundation Brovdi Art

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