Shovkunenko Olexa Oleksievich
Shovkunenko Olexa Oleksievich – was born on 21st of March 1884 in Kherson city. He studied at Odessa Art College. Mentors: Kostandi K., Ladyzhensky G., Krainov D. Also, he studied at the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts. Mentor: Savinsky V. Since 1913 he takes part in exhibitions. From 1917 to 1922, he taught at the Kherson Proletarian Art Studio, and from 1926 – at Odessa Fine Arts Polytechnic. In 1924 – 1929 – Member of K. Kostandi the Society. In the period 1935 – 1965, he taught at the Kyiv State Art Institute. In 1941, he was titled – a Honored Artist of the Ukrainian SSR. In 1944 – National Artist of the USSR. In 1947 – Academician of the Academy of Arts of the USSR. From 1938 until 1968, he was a member of the board of the Union of Artists of the Ukrainian SSR, and in the period from 1949 to 1951, he was its chairman. Olexa Shovkunenko is a master of portrait, still-life, landscape, especially industrial. The works are represented in numerous museums, galleries and private collections in Ukraine and abroad. The artist died on 12th of March 1974.