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  Odessa’s Ripe Gardens
First Solo Exhibition in Asia of Ukrainian Modern Prodigy Master Nicolay Prokopenko
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23-Sep-2013 - 20-Nov-2013    
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Participating Artists:
Nicolay Prokopenko [ bio ]


Exhibition Opening: 7:00pm-10:00pm, 26th September, 2013 (Thursday)
Exhibition Period: 23rd September 2013 – 20th November 2013
Venue: Red Square Gallery in Stanley (Shop 208, 2/F, Stanley Plaza, Hong Kong)

Red Square Gallery proudly presents the first solo exhibition of Ukrainian Modern Master Nicolay Prokopenko in Asia. Recognized as the “Ukrainian Picasso”, the distinct integration of folk primitivism, pagan rituals and classical Avant–Garde style made the artist also known as “The Best painter of Ukraine”.

Having evolved from the extreme individualism in his early creative career, he seeks for origin and examines his identity and culture in this current stage. Being highly conscious about the Ukrainians being the distant successors of the original Tripolye culture, the artist draws inspiration from the powerful feminine spirit and the matriarchal character within the culture. Femininity is the constant motif of his artworks and he creates his heroines with reference to pagan tradition and Christian religion. Often women in his artworks are either ancient Slavonic goddess of fertility, ancient Slavonic goddess of joy or Eve from the Bible. Similar to all great painters- Titan, Rubens, Rembrandt and Renoir, the female images of Nicolay Prokopenko are unique. To the artist, enormous dark eyes, cherry-ripe lips on an apple-cheeked face signify the Ukrainian beauty.

The artist glorifies the beauty of femininity and attraction of its sensual charms in the paintings “Ripe Garden”, ”Summer Garden”, “Golden Autumn” and “Cherry”. The figures of the women are accompanied with womanlike shapes of vases, flowers or fruits, symbolizing women as love and fertility. In his still-life painting like “Red Pitcher”, the temperament is dominated by the warm and hot red color, which is the Fauvism colour chrome. It represents fire and traditionally connects with femininity, embodies vivid power.

In the later stages of his artistic life, Nicolay Prokopenko demonstrates great talent and energy as ever before and illustrates the beautiful national characteristics of Ukraine, like emotional gentleness, tolerance, soft humor and poetical quality having the whole world as his audience.

About the Artist
Nicolay Prokopenko was born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1945. Educated in Odessa National Art College from 1964 to 1971 and in Kiev Academy of Arts during 1971-1977, Nicolay Prokopenko is a Member of the National Union of Artists and a Member of the National Union of Theatrical Workers. He is an “Honoured Artist of Ukraine”, prize-winner of international, Ukrainian and regional exhibitions and also winner in an array of international biennials. He is a painter, graphic artist and book graphic-illustrator, who has held 56 solo exhibitions and participated in 10 biennale during twenty years of his creative life. Recognised as the "Ukrainian Picasso"; many of his works are in collections of Ukrainian & Russian State Museums; the world’s famous Pompidou Centre in Paris; the National Libraries of France, Holland, Poland & Mexico, in galleries and private collections in Germany, Spain, Romania, Greece and Switzerland. More than sixty six museums and galleries of the world collect his paintings. Nicolay Prokopenko lives and works in Odessa.

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