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On 24 April 2018, in the Mukachevo Historical Museum Palanok Castle, it was presented a personal exhibition of works "Picturesque Athos" by the member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine, Honoured Artist of Ukraine Vasyl Krasokha.

Mukachevo became the third city, inhabitants and guests of which have an opportunity to see the "Athos" exhibition – earlier this exhibition was presented in Kyiv and Ivano-Frankivsk.

In total, the author offers 45 paintings in oil on cardboard. Their sketches were created during the stay of Vasyl Krasokha on Mount Athos last spring. "I really wanted to go to Athos for the second time (my first trip was in 2011) and get acquainted with its churches more deeply, depict them in my works. This became possible thanks to the help of the Charitable Foundation ‘Orthodox Legacy of Ukraine on the Holy Mount Athos’. Thus, I began acting: I visited all the monasteries, as well as two monasteries of the Holy Mount – St. Andrew's and St. Elijah," the artist says.

All the works were created easily, because, as the author himself says, " there is a lot of work for an artist there." In each of the temples, the artist was for a few days – he executed sketches, which he developed in Kyiv, where he lives and works. During the trip there were sketches not only of landscapes – Vasyl managed to do sketches of portraits, genre scenes, etc.

It is interesting that the works presented in Palanok Castle are the author's replicas after all the originals made from the sketches were given by the artist to the charitable foundation.

The Athos series is not the first of the artist’s works. He admits that he likes sacred architecture, he already has a lot of works with images of the holy places of Kyiv, Zhytomyr, Chernihiv, Poltava, native Volyn, Bukovyna, and Transcarpathia. "There is a special aura, the spirit of history. I am attracted to such places," Vasyl Krasokha says.

The exhibition will last within two weeks – afterwards, the exhibition is planned to be moved to Khust.

Text: Kseniia Shokina
Photo: Nataliia Pavlyk
© Art & Culture Foundation Brovdi Art