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Levkiv Taras Bogdanovich

Levkiv Taras Bogdanovich

1940 г.р.


Soviet Ukrainian artist of decorative and applied art, ceramist. Honored Art Worker of Ukraine. Member of the USSR Academy of Arts. Born June 25 in 1940 in the village. Berezovitsya Mala on Zbarazhchin. In 1964 he graduated from the Lviv School of Applied Art named after I. Trush (Department of Ceramics). Here he met with the teacher – Taras Dragan. Their communication has turned into a long-term spiritual intimacy and a real friendship. In 1971 he graduated from the Lviv Institute of Applied and Decorative Arts. In the end of 1970 a personal exhibition of the student took place in the city. Presented to them, the works revealed new possibilities of the old technique of the potter’s wheel, and brought expressive signs of ethnography. On the creative base in Dzintari (Latvia) his acquaintance from Peteris Martinson took place. From this time the artist’s work evolves as if in two directions. The first one represents bold experiments in the field of free form formation, officially banned in sculpture. The second is the ability to implement their own social and political beliefs and convey to the viewer in the original artistic form. In 1972 he became the first representative from Ukraine at the 3rd International Biennale in Vallorisi (France). And then – he receives honorable diplomas of competitions of art ceramics in Faenza (Italy, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1980). In the 1980s, the circle of creative interest of T. Levkiv reaches other spheres. The artist gives priority to cosmological motifs. He presents his works at 17 solo exhibitions, in particular in Tbilisi, Leningrad, Ternopil and other cities. The artist is a participant of 103 regional, national and international exhibitions (m. Tartu, Estonia, Osaka, Japan, Rzeszow, Poland, Moscow, Russia, etc.). For more than 20 years, Taras Bogdanovich has headed the ceramics department of Lviv College of Decorative and Applied Art named after I. Trush. He was a deputy of the Lviv regional council of the First Democratic Convocation. On a voluntary basis for over 10 years, Levkiv worked as a project implementer at the construction of the Autocephalous Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir and Olga in Vinniki. At the 3rd All-Ukrainian Symposium of Ceramics in Opishnoy (1999) receives the first prize for decorative plastic “Bilomorkanal”. The main works: sculpture – The Galician Army (1963), Rusichi (1967), The Triple Music, Chugainster (both 1969), The Cossack, with the Litavri (1970), The City (1971) ), “Autumn Mountains” (1972), “Blue Mountains”, “Dandelion”, “Pereveslo”, “Kvochka”, “Market Square” (all – 1974), “Flowers on the Stone”, “High Mountains”, “Mountain (all – 1975), Yablonya, Northern Sun (both 1977), Otara, Sunset (both 1978), The Explosion (1979), The Flower Galaxy (1981) , “Quiet snow” (1983), “Space archeology” (1984), “Space octopus”, “Cosmic gifts” (both – 1987), “Restoration of the pla- Nets “(1988),” Frozen Waves “,” The Arrest for the Tyrant “(both – 1995),” Bilomorkanal “(1999),” The Cross Force “,” The Holy Night “(both 2000),” Autumn Mountains “(2002 ), “On the Pass” (2003), “Gonchar roads”, “Easter” (both – 2006), “Germination” (2010); a series of medals “Architecture of Lviv” (1975); decor. plastic “Raising the Cross” (2000).

Левків Тарас Богданович. Декоративна пластика «Степ»

Photo: Levkiv Taras Bogdanovich. Decorative plastic “Steppe”. 1994. Faience, painting

Левків Тарас Богданович. Килимок «Зимовий квадрат»

Photo: Levkiv Taras Bogdanovich. Carpet “Winter Square”. 1995. Faience