VASYL MASIUTYN

1884–1955

Vasyl Masiutyn

Vasyl Masiutyn

Sculptor, painter, graphic artist, maker of medallions, ex libris designer, writer, and art historian. Studied at the Kyiv Cadet Corps (1902-1905), then concentrated on sculpture and architecture at MUZhSA under S. Ivanov (1908-1914). Drafted to serve in the Russian Army during World War I; moved to Moscow in 1917. His first solo exhibition took place at the Rumiantsev Museum (Moscow, 1920). Moved to Berlin in 1921. Became a member of ANUM and actively participated in the association’s exhibitions; took part in the major retrospective exhibition of Ukrainian art (Lviv 1935). Member of the Association of Berlin Artists and one of its exhibitors. Published several novels and scholarly books, including Graphics and Lithography and Thomas Bewick: Painter and Graphic Artist (1922). Designed the iconostasis of the Orthodox church in Berlin and completed memorial sculptural busts in wood, as well as graphic portraits of S. Petliura, Bohdan Khmelnytskyi, and Ivan Mazepa, some of which appeared on 63 medallions of Ukrainian princes, hetmans, and civic activists. Treated macabre Symbolist themes in a series of color woodcuts and etchings. His works can be found in museums and private collections in Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, and the United States.

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