Mykola Bilchuk (ukrainian: Микола Більчук ) – an artist, a teacher, a director of Ivano-Frankivsk art school, the graduates of which made a pleiad of famous artists. He loved the life, his job and family more than anything. His works are not monumental, but sincere and warm. Most of them retain the beauty of Ivano-Frankivsk.
Mykola Bilchuk was
born in Zapadyntsi village (Krasyliv district of Khmelnytska region) in the
family of a deacon in 1928. Mykola Vasyliovych said that Soviet officials did
not know how to name his father’s profession, and called him as a "devotee
of cult." He obtained his artistic skills while studying in
In 1964 Mykola
Bilchuk moved to
Having returned from abroad M. Bilchuk went on teaching and his creative work. However, at that time some changes occurred in Ivano-Frankivsk: the Soviet authorities persecuted the artistic intelligentsia; his colleagues V.Moroz and O. Zalyvakha were arrested. His staying abroad saved him from repression. In Ivano-Frankivsk he began teaching the methodology of fine art in Vasyl Stefanyk State Pedagogical Institute.
But the biggest concern of his
life was the teacher’s work in Ivano-Frankivsk State Children's
As an artist Mykola Bilchuk was
primarily a landscape painter. He often painted, in particular, architectural
landscapes, many portraits, and still lifes. The artist preferred the technique
of watercolor painting because of the possibility to share his lifelong feelings,
simplicity of usage and the ability to rapidly paint until the artist was
clearly experiencing his impressions. He liked to experiment with a combination
of techniques, styles and forms, although the content of his works was still
traditional - mood landscapes, portraits of his contemporaries. However, he was
not social realist by the conception of the world, he stubbornly avoided
politics in his works and life, he was a patriot. The prime of his creative
work was at 70-80 years of the twentieth century with his works from abroad: Hungary,
Along with his active creative
and social life, Mykola Bilchuk was a good family man, he loved his wife
Mykola Bilchuk passed into eternity in 2005. In 2013 his student Nazar Kardash and the Publishing House "Lileia-NV" published the book "Sketches of Mykola Bilchuk`s life and work". The book describes the memories of his life, his creative and educational work of the artist.
Address: 10 Vovchynetska str.
date: Monday, 1 December 2014