A Colorful Kaleidoscope of Cultures
By Khrystyna Kozyuk
October 7 – 30, 2016
Opening Reception: October 7, 2016 at 7p.m. Admission: $10
Kozyuk comments, “Being an observer first, much of my inspiration comes from the world around us. When traveling I find myself appreciating all that the new landscapes have to offer. Recently, my time has been spent exploring different traditions and cultures. From the vibrant colored powders thrown during India’s Holi festival to the rich pigments seen in Native Ukrainian and Native American costumes. I create pieces that offer an abstract approach to these and other wondrous occurrences in our world. Using an oversized canvas and paint gives me the opportunity and space to experiment with a variety of colors, textures, and shapes. In learning different techniques, I am now using one that I have developed. Creating my own technique using liquid paint has afforded me the ability to put my own modern spin into each piece. My ultimate goal with my work is to open your eyes to the beauty that is around us by showing the viewer my feelings behind each piece. Welcome to my world…”
Khrystyna Kozyuk grew up surrounded by luscious landscapes, and spent much of her time outdoors exploring local markets, drawing inspiration from everything around Chortkiv, Ukraine. At a young age Khrystyna’s mom could see that her daughter was a talented artist and strongly supported her gift by having her paint murals on their kitchen walls. By the time Khrystyna was in the fifth grade she had already began successfully selling a series of works titled “Birds” to tourists visiting her city. After high school Khrystyna studied classical European drawing at the National University of Forest Engineering in Lviv, Ukraine. While in attendance, Khrystyna relished the architecture, museums, and overall environment that art school had to offer. Upon graduating Khrystyna moved to the United States in 2005. Where she received 8 awards and had two solo exhibitions in Illinois.