If you think that Samchykivka art is an ancient painting technique, then you should get to know some more. Let me tell you an interesting story …

One day, artists made an incredible discovery in the archives of the Palace museum in the village of Samchyki. It was a chest, painted with a unique painting. The artists began to look for the origins of this technique. They digged through all documents, talked to the elders, but didn`t find any answers. And then one of the artists exclaimed: “Let us just paint like this!”.

So came the Samchykivka art. An accidental discovery has given rise to a new unique painting style. Alexander Pazhimsky is seen as the creator or “Father” of this art. In 1964, he has created an association of artists called “Prosvit”. In his work he was supported by fellow artists Genadiy Rakovsky, Volodymyr Polishchuk, Mikhail Yuzvuk, Mikhail Panchuk and Boris Schnaider. And it was from that year that the history of Samchykivka painting art has begun. And so a new art was born out of the mysterious chest in the museum and with Alexander Pazhimsky’s help.

Alexander is over 80 now, so he almost does not paint anymore. But there is a new driving force of this painting – Victor Rakovsky. He is the director of the art school in Samchyki. That’s him who taught me the ins- and outs of the art. Now with his help I am preparing to hold my personal exhibition.

What makes this art unique?

Samchykivka is a new Ukrainian Ethno. Traditions are being created now and we are all part of this miracle. Rare paintings can be found in the village of Samchyki, in private collections, but also in my art portfolio.

Samchykivka art creations mostly reflect a storyline. They get created using a large tine pattern, similar to tapestry. The main themes of this painting technique are plant motifs in fantasy interpretations. All themes include sacred symbols and content. The main element of Samchykivka art is bright talent, inspiration and love of color.

Triptych is a story of Samchykivka’s art

Once I painted a triptych – a painting story. In all the paintings there is an egg-pea, which symbolizes the idea of life and can be seen in different pictures.

Flowers – the unknown blooming past of this art that has pushed the egg-pea. The egg has hit the chest and it blossomed with an incredible beauty of this art. It spawned four masters – they are symbolized by pink-flowered blooms.