Lyudmyla and Yuriy Mysko | Artists in residence


Lyudmyla & Yuriy Mysko | Artists in residence

“Tumbleweed”, Lyudmyla Mysko, 2017, stainless, 200x400x200 cm, Wenzhou, China

A.i.R. Tilburg

Lyudmyla Mysko

Lyudmyla Mysko is a contemporary Ukrainian sculptor. She works with stone, wood, ceramics, bronze, sand, ice, and snow. The artist’s works are abstract compositions that symbolize beauty and harmony. Her practice stems from the awareness of the universal language of ornament. Similarly, these elements of artistic activity are found in decorative and applied arts as well as architecture. The geometric abstraction of the sculptor has a to the point, modular character.

Foremost, her work and experiments are based on the ornamental form and repetitions of diamond-shaped, braided, wavy, twisting, stair-like elements. Besides that, some of her compositions are based on the contrasting ratio of different volumes and shapes. Depending on the theme of the composition, the artist forms associations with specific philosophical concepts, contemporary political phenomena or historical events. In the infinite return of the motif of the sacred meanings of geometric figures, Lyudmyla Mysco expresses the cosmic order of matter, the cyclical nature of nature and civilization, and the intimate connection of micro-and macrocosm.

Yuriy Mysko

Yuriy Mysko is a professional sculptor from Ukraine. His works are monumental, three-dimensional sculptures in metal, stone, and ceramics. In addition, he is a master of psychological portraiture. He has been raised on art, and has always been surrounded by it. “There is ‘Life’ within every stone, my challenge, as a sculptor, is to release the life that already exists, and not attempt to create one … “. This is the essence of sculpture as Yuriy Mysko perceives it.

As a result, many of his works are reflections of his belief that ‘Life’ is one of beauty. The sculptures often start as loosely sketched material compositions – raw drafts of shapes and impressions of movement. It’s as if he has been dreaming of them to build upon from waking. While sculpting, refining and unifying these physical formations. To illustrate, he imagines how water or wind or light would shape them, in a way that all in the natural world is formed. Creating each work is like hearing the strains of a new song in his head and wanting to build a full symphony.

Bio Lyudmyla

Lyudmyla Mysko was born in Kyiv, Ukraine in 1971, She studied sculpture from 1994 to 2000 at the National Academy of Fine Arts, Kyiv, Ukraine. And she is a member of the Union of Ukrainian Professional Artists since 2005.  The artist lives and works in Kyiv. In the past 20 years, Lyudmyla Mysko took part in more than 150 international sculpture symposiums, exhibitions, festivals, and art actions in 26 countries.

She is a winner of numerous prizes for sculpture, photography, and design collections. Her work is part of museum collections like Mosan Art Museum, Boryeong, South Korea, Tefen Industrial Park Open Museum, Israel, Regional Museum in Stalowa Wola, Poland, Museum of Ukrainian Paintings, Dnipro, Ukraine, Ukraine, Museum of modern sculpture, Penza, Russia, Museum of Modern Art, Kyiv, Ukraine, Museum-workshop of Ivan Kavaleridze, Kyiv, Ukraine. Lyudmyla is globally present in public and private collections on all the five continents

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Bio Yuriy

Yuriy Mysko was born in 1955 in Lviv, Ukraine. In 1972 he graduated from Art College Ivan Trush, Lviv, Ukraine. And from 1973 to 1979 he attended the Lviv State Institute of Applied and Decorative Arts, Faculty of Interior and Furniture Design. Since 1989 Yuriy Mysko is a member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine. From 1992 to 2015, he taught as a senior lecturer and later became an associate professor in the Department of Sculpture of the Lviv National Academy of Arts. He was the artistic director of sand sculpture festivals in Kyiv in 2007, Minsk, Belarus (2008) and Heraklion, Greece (2016, 2017, 2018).

Since 1982, Yuryi Mysko has participated in more than 100 international and national sculpture symposiums, exhibitions and art events all over the world. He was commissioned to create dozens of monuments in the public space, including a large fountain. Additionally, he has had solo exhibitions in Ukraine and Poland. The artist lives and works in Kyiv and Lviv, Ukraine. His works belong to museum collections in Poland, Ukraine, USA, Bulgaria, France, Poland, Slovakia, Germany, Egypt, Latvia, Switzerland, Russia, Turkey, Cyprus.

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On 29.05.2022, Lyudmyla and Yuri Mysko exhibit the work they have created over the past 2 months. Both artists were able to focus on creating diverse work despite the difficult situation. The public is invited to come and meet with the artists and see their work in the afternoon between 3:00 and 5:00 pm. Any proceeds from sales will benefit Ukrainian refugees. Following on they will travel to Spain where they will work with large stones.

This residency is made possible with the kind cooperation of Bettie Millenaar.

Artists at Risk

This residency came into being in collaboration with the Finnish NGO Artists at Risk. They are working at the intersection of human rights and the arts. Since 2013, the organisation endeavours to assist artists and cultural labourers who are at risk politically and who are fleeing oppression and war globally. Artists at Risk assisted numerous persecuted or imprisoned artists, including Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova, the Vietnamese singer, artist, and political activist Mai Khoi, Egyptian poet Galal El-Behairy or Kurdish artists such as Barıs Seyitvan.

Artists at Risk is dedicated to supporting persecuted art practitioners and facilitating their safe passage from their countries of origin. The organisation hosts them at Artists at Risk-connected residences and curating related projects at the Artists at Risk Pavilion.

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