Andrew Chizhov. Home. July, 26 – August, 21, 2022
Andrew Chizhov is an artist who was born and raised in Sevastopol. After the occupation of Crimea peninsula, the “question of home” became difficult and painful for him. These feelings are sublimated into a multi-year cycle of paintings, the leitmotif of which is always an image of houses.
Andrii Chyzhov dedicates a new series of paintings to all those Ukrainians who were forced to leave their homes and look for shelter in other places. The house becomes a symbol of peaceful life, gratitude for help and hope.
“With the beginning of a full-scale war, millions of Ukrainians faced the feeling of a lost home. First of all, it is people whose homes were damaged by Russian aggression. There also are the rest of the Ukrainians who are forced to live in the conditions of constant risk of enemy shelling. They have lost their sense of security and live in constant stress.
A home is one of the most important components of a sense of peace and security for everyone . “Home” is not just a roof over your head and brick walls. Home is a family, a memory of childhood, and special moments from life. It is a unique taste of water and an exceptional aroma of air. The feeling of sadness for a native home of people who are forced to look for refuge in safer regions of Ukraine or abroad is undoubtedly understandable to me.
The idea of the series of paintings “HOME” appeared in the spring of 2022 during long journeys by railway, so some sketches of paintings were made simply from train windows.
Pictures, of course, can not give the viewer the desired security, but they are certainly capable of waking up warm memories, encouraging dreams, awakening hope,diving them in a state of peace and comfort, in the atmosphere of a free and happy life.
Andrew Chizhov was born in 1995 in Sevastopol.
Lives and works in Lviv since 2013.
2019 – master’s degree at the art glass department of the Lviv National Academy of Arts.
Awarded more than 90 awards for creative activity. Twice (2009 p., 2011) he was awarded a presidential scholarship for his creative contribution to the development of the culture of Sevastopol. Awarded the regional prize named after Vyacheslav Chornovil (Lviv, 2018 p). An active participant in international (Ukraine, Poland, Bulgaria, Germany, Israel, USA), regional and all-Ukrainian exhibitions, symposia and plein airs. Member of the NGO “ART-module”. The works are kept in the collections of the Museum of Glass in Lviv, Ukraine; Ningbo Zhejiang Greenwave Glass Museum, China; Rusi Karabiberov Gallery, Bulgaria, Theologische Hochschule Friedensau, Germany; funds of the Lviv National Academy of Arts, in private collections of Ukraine, Poland, Germany, France, USA, Turkey, Bulgaria, Israel.