MARIA PRYMACHENKO THROUGH THE EYES OF CHILDREN
exhibition and sale of paintings by students of Alla Yevdokimova's Studio
Saturday, July 8, 2023 to Friday, July 28, 2023 @ Exhibition opening: Saturday, July 8, 2 - 5 PM
Shevchenko Museum, 1604 Bloor Street West, Toronto
On Saturday, July 8, 2023, the Shevchenko Museum, at 1604 Bloor Street West in Toronto, will present MARIA PRYMACHENKO THROUGH THE EYES OF CHILDREN, an exhibition and sale of paintings by students of Alla Yevdokimova's Studio "Art Heritage”.
Known as an icon of Naïve Art in Ukraine and beyond, Maria Prymachenko (1909 – 1997) was a self-taught Ukrainian folk artist who painted colourful, whimsical and highly-imaginative depictions of fabulous, mythological fauna and flora. Her images, which are rooted in the culture and folk legends of the Ukrainian people, often appeared in her dreams before finding their way to paper.
Born into a peasant family in the village of Bolotnia, in Kyiv oblast, Prymachenko suffered a physical impairment from polio which she contracted when she was only grade 4. Embroidering and painting helped her to cope with her illness. As her craft evolved Prymachenko was invited to run workshops in the Kyiv Museum of Ukrainian Art. Later her compositions have been exhibited all over the former Soviet Union, Poland, Bulgaria, France, Italy, and Canada. Picasso once said after visiting a Prymachenko exhibition in Paris, “I bow down before that artistic miracle of this brilliant Ukrainian.”
60 students of the "Art Heritage” Studio, age 3 to 16 years old will show their art works inspired by a great Ukrainian painter, a recipient of the Taras Shevchenko National Prize of Ukraine, and a UNESCO-recognized artist, Maria Prymachenko.
The exhibition will run until July 28, 2023. Gallery Hours: Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri: 10 AM - 4 PM, Thurs: 12 - 7 PM, Weekends by Appointment.
1604 Bloor Street West, Toronto ON M6P 1A7