Monday, March 13, 2023

Artexpo New York, now in it’s 46th year


United Kids For Ukraine

United Kids For Ukraine is an international, self-funded charity organization supporting Ukrainian refugee children and teenagers, founded by two dedicated Ukranian women, Masha Zolotova, and Katrina Bila.  Originally founded in 2009 in Odessa, the charity supports more than 600 children, some of whom were evacuated to Austria after the current war in Ukraine began. The long-term vision is to develop a safe and creative platform that supports talented young Ukrainian artists all over the world, both online and offline through Additionally, the group of volunteers develops creative therapies for Ukrainian children in need, as well as a safe environment for Ukrainian women.


Yaryna Yuryk

Samir Sammoun of Sammoun Fine Art invites one of Ukraine’s most prominent and honored artists of Ukraine to this year’s Artexpo New York.  Lviv National Art Gallery has honored Yaryna Yuryk, who was the Associate Professor of the Department of Design and Fundamentals of Architecture at the National University Lvivskar Polytechnic, as well as an artist in her own right. Her watercolor works from the series "My Ukraine" and "Creation" have been presented at the Grand Palais National Museum in Paris, the Latin American Memorial in Sao Paulo, and during Art Week in Miami. However, the artist's first exhibition took place when she was 23 years-old, at the National Museum in Lviv. Yaryna Yuryk is the founder of the modern cordocentric worldview for watercolor painting in Ukraine, and her paintings are held in private collections across the world. 


 Alex Shabatinas

Represented by Artios Gallery in New York, Alex Shabatinas was born in the city of Kaunas, Lithuania. He has been living in New York City since 1999. Alex is internationally renowned and his oil-on-canvas works have been purchased by private collectors all around the world, including H.R.H. King Charles of England, former President of the United States Ronald Reagan, and the last General-Secretary of the U.S.S.R., Mikhail Gorbachev. The artist's works were presented on Sotheby's Internet Art Auction, where he sold fifty-one paintings. 

Cliff Lee

Austrian-born Cliff Lee came into prominence in 1993 when he was invited to contribute a piece of his work to the White House Collection of American Crafts.  Two years later, his porcelain work was in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery.  Lee's “Prickly Melons” with imperial yellow glaze, took him 17 years to create and caught the eye of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which acquired a pair for its permanent collection - a rare distinction for a living artist.

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