Ukrainian Art

From Cherkasy, the heart of Ukraine, Neonila Nedosyeko weaves tapestries and paints watercolors inspired by the beautiful landscapes and rich cultural heritage of her region.



Nelya in her painting studio......Nelya in her weaving studio.

If you've browsed here before, note that many paintings were added in 2007 to all painting categories listed below.

Tapestries

Ukrainian themed paintings

Landscapes and city scenes

Floral and still life paintings

Village and country scenes

New in 2006: More still life, floral, and landscape paintings

Biography: Neonila (Nelya) Petrivna Nedosyeko was born in 1951 near Svityaz Lake in the Volyn region in northwest Ukraine. She studied in the department of artistic textiles in the prestigious Lviv State Institute of Decorative and Applied Art, also becoming proficient in drawing, graphic design, watercolor, and pastel. After graduating in 1970, she worked in the Lviv Artist Fund. Influenced by prominent weavers, she created detailed tapestries depicting Ukrainian legends, portraits, and flora design.

In 1972 she moved to Cherkasy in central Ukraine and began to create monumental decorative arts, including tapestries and murals for public interiors. For these, she was accepted in the Painters Union of Ukraine in 1982. Nedosyeko has taught at the Cherkasy Children's art School and in the design department of a Cheraksy business college. In 2002 she initiated a graphics arts program in the college, where she continues to teach. In Ukraine, her works are displayed in a number of museums as well as in public places: schools, institutes, post offices, and health resorts.

In 2001, sponsored by Iowa Sister States and supported by a grant from the Iowa Arts Council, Nelya Nedosyenko exhibited her paintings and tapestry in Iowa. Following her well-received Iowa exhibitions, she exhibited in Chicago before returning to her home in Cherkasy. Her paintings and weavings are in Ukrainian museums and many private collections throughout the U.S.

To Order: Works shown are available on commission from the artist. All paintings will be handpainted with watercolors or drawn with pastels on heavy stock paper, and signed by the artist. Works will be unmatted and sent in a mailing tube from within the U.S. There will be a waiting period of up to ten-months. Prices range from $100 to $150, depending on the size of the painting and complexity of the brushstrokes. There will also be a U.S. postal fee to your address.




U.S. exhibitions, workshops, and talks, summer and fall 2001

Neonila Nedosyeko and her interpreter Olha Rakhubovska flew out of Kyiv on September 11, 2001. They got as far as Warsaw when all flights to the U.S. were cancelled. They assumed that their U.S. program would be cancelled and their first thought was to return to Cherkasy, but through e-mail they learned that the program would go on. Managing to get on the first LOT Airlines flight to Chicago, they arrived in Iowa four days late, but missed only two appearances. Since the art had been sent over before them, all exhibitions took place as planned.

Iowa

Sponsors: Iowa Sister States, Iowa Arts Council, Iowa State University College of Design, Target, Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames Area Spinners and Weavers Guild.

Chicago

Sponsor: Chicago Ukrainian National Museum