OLEXANDER SAVITJ YATSUK
(Courtesy: Olga Dzyurbey)
More about the artist:
Olexander Savitj Yatsuk was born on the 22nd og February, 1920, in the village Demchiv, Berdichev region, Ukraine to a family of railway station workers. His childhood passed in a beautiful and picturesque surrounding that was to become the inspiration for his first paintings.
Petro Omeljanovitch Dyak, teacher of art in the Berdichev art school, had a major influence on Olexander Yatsuk´s future life as an artist. After having finished the art school in 1938, he started to work as teacher of drawing and art in the village of Olshanka. Olexander Yatsuk was loved and respected by his students.
In may 1940 Olexander Yatsuk was called up for military service in the Soviet Army. His service took place in the Caucasses region.
Olexander Yatsuk´s wife, Klavdia Mihalovna, gave a birth to a son Vladimir in 1940. He could see his son first when the war was over in 1945. These long years of seperation from family had an influence on his art. He drew with pencil a many portraits portrates of his family: the wife, the child, mother, and father, and sent them from the front to his family in Vilshanka.
After the war he was rewarded with medals and orders by the Soviet state for faithful service.
In 1949 Olexander Yatsuk worked in the Culturel House of Vilshanka. Many of his postwar period paintings related to the Great Patriotic War.
The birth of his daughter Olga in 1948, marked a new period of his creative work. From 1958 to 1980 he worked with other painters in the art union in the town of Zhitomir.
Olexander Yatsuk took part in many local, regional and country exhibitions. He had lived and created his works in the time of socialist realism and confirmed himself as an artist with his own style and originality. The range of Olexander Yatsuk´s art is broad and multifold.
He worked in historical, portrait, landscape and still-life genre. Olexander Yatsuk´s creative life was linked to Zhitomir region. He devoted his life and his energy to create the canvases which praised the beauty of his native land and people with whom he lived. Painting gave him a lot of pleasure and happiness. His life was filled optimism and love for people.
Olexander Yatsuk passed away on 8th of October 1986. He left after himself a lot of wonderful heritage of art. Even though death took him away from us, he will always live in our hearts. His art will be carefuly kept and handed from generation to generation.
His work can be found in the private collections in USA, Denmark, Sweden, France, Switzerland and Ukraine. His paintings had been represented at numerous exhibition in Ukraine. The permanent exhibition of Olexander Yatsuk is in Berdichev City Museum, to honour of OlexanderSavitj Yatsuk´s creative mind.