Soviet Ukrainian painter. Honored Artist of the USSR. Member of the USSR Academy of Arts. One of the best portraitists of the second half of the twentieth century. “Loboda Ivan Ivanovich was born July 5, 1926 in the village of Bolshie Krinky in a peasant family. After completing high school from 1949 to 1957 he studied at the Kiev Art Institute. Teachers: Professor Puzyrkov V., Shovkunenko O., Ivanov M. Member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine since 1962. Honored Artist of Ukraine from 1976. Works are in the Ivano-Frankivsk Art Museum and in private collections in Ukraine. In the turbulent years of his youth Ivan Ivanovich had a lot to experience, see: the Holodomor, the war (was a participant in the fighting), the post-war struggle with Bandera (took part), the establishment of the Union of Artists in Ivano-Frankivsk (was an active participant), training the first Soviet cosmonauts to fly. He was chairman of the regional branch of the Union of Artists (1976-1981), participated in many exhibitions. Traveled a lot, created a huge amount of work. Brushes of the talented Ukrainian painter II. Loboda belongs to the paintings: “Portrait of a Girl” (1958), “Hutsul” (1960), “Kosmacki kilimarnitsy” (1960), “Portrait of TG. Shevchenko, Hutsulochka (both 1961), Pioneer (1963), Sheep Breeders (1963), In My Homeland (1964), Ivan Franko in the Carpathians (1966), The Bliznitsa Mountain 1968), Hutsul weddings “(1970),” O. Dovbush (1972), Workers of the Mountain Valley (1975), Dovbush (1977-1979), Cosmonaut, A. Nikolaev (1984), Cosmonaut G. Beregovoi (1985), Cosmonaut P. Klimuk “(1986),” Shevchenko over the Dnieper “(1987),” Before the wedding “(1992),” Hutsulski kilimarnitsy “(1993),” Wedding campaign “, triptych” B. Khmelnitsky “(all – 1995),” O. Dovbush with opryshkami “,” T. Shevchenko “(both – 1996); cycles – “The Stars of Prykarpattya” (1982-85), “Hutsulske weddings” (1985-93) and others. The works of the painter are presented in many state and private collections in Ukraine and abroad and are in constant demand.
Photo: Loboda Ivan Ivanovich (Ukraine, 1926) “Portrait of a Girl in National Clothing” 1971