Fine art, sculpture & photography in the heart of Kyiv since 1988
05.12 – 18.12.2019
Kyiv fine art gallery Triptych: Global Arts Workshop presents ‘ASTRONAVIGATOR’, a solo exhibition by Ukrainian master of decorative art Vasyl Mizler. Since the dawn of time man has looked to the heavens in search of his place in the Universe. Soon observing celestial bodies took on a more practical function: seafarers and travellers navigated by the stars, societies used it to mark time and grow crops. Impressive in scale and compositional complexity, the works of Vasyl Mizler combine archaic and futuristic geometry, stasis and dynamism. His ornaments could as easily be imagined on archeological finds as on spacecraft of civilizations that we’ve yet to encounter.
Artist Vasyl Mizler on his creative philosophy: ‘Everything is simple. Everything is very complex. One wants to discover and understand the nature of things and phenomena from the original source. I enjoy creating symbols and symbolic compositions – nodes of elemental energy. But in order to give material form to the imagination one must work out in detail every nuance of form and colour. For an artwork to be successful, it must seem both clever and spontaneous. The most important thing is to keep raising the bar for both one’s spiritual development and technique’.
Myroslava Hartmond, gallery director and exhibition curator: ‘Vasyl Mizler’s cosmic folk style is charged with the energies of heaven and earth. It has the meticulous, painstaking, harmonious quality of a piece of jewellery, which is not surprising, as the artist devoted several decades to glassmaking, an art form that has no error margin’.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Vasyl Mizler was born in 1952 in Stetseva village, Ivano-Frankivsk region. In 1972-1976 he studied at the Kosiv Institute of Applied and Decorative Arts specializing in metalwork. Between 1976 and 1982 he worked as an artist in various workshops in the Ivano-Frankivsk region. In 1982-1987 he studied at the Lviv State Institute of Decorative-Applied Arts, specializing in glassmaking. Upon graduation, V. Mizler was engaged by the Kyiv Factory of Decorative Glass, where he worked until 2000, receiving the highest qualification grade and exhibiting his glasswork and crystal frequently. From 2000 to 2017 he was a senior lecturer at the Kyiv State M. Boichuk Institute of Decorative Art and Design. His works have been purchased by the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, the Art Fund of Ukraine, Pereiaslav-Khmelnytskyi Local History Museum, as well as private collectors. His work is part of the permanent collection of the National Museum of the History of Ukraine. Since 2005, Vasil Mizler has exhibited his decorative painting.