Victor Tkachenko Bio
Painting primarily with acrylic on canvas, Victor Tkachenko displays a mastery of line and colour through his purposeful brushwork and a palette dominated by rich earth tones thickly applied to the ground. The physicality of his paintings is enhanced with accents of ink and, intermittently, the addition of industrial materials such as varnish and plaster. Throughout the various stages of his work, Victor’s figurative forms are drafted with elongated lines, exaggerated features and geometric patterns that recall the hand of Amedeo Modigliani and Gustav Klimt accented with a subtle cubist aesthetic.
Victor Tkachenko was born in Krivoy Rog, Ukraine, he is an artist and painter currently living and working in Toronto, Canada. Victor received professional art training beginning at age ten and was one of the few graduates to complete the extensive and rigorous program from the well-renowned Art School in Krivoy Rog. Victor Tkachenko is an expressionist figurative painter, his paintings evoke Byzantine art it looks as if they could have been created between the fourth century to the fifteenth century whilst the artist could have been on his travels encompassing parts of the Italian peninsula, the eastern edge of the Slavic world, the Middle East, and North Africa.
While early paintings of Victor Tkachenko such as “Swing” are recognizable for their use of solid line and bold colour that refers to Byzantine mosaic work or stained glass, dominating his paintings are planes of soft light which intersect and overlap, objects and figures emerge from a dreamlike atmosphere of harmonious colour while emotion and meaning are conveyed masterfully through bold pattern and vivid line.
The embrace of the two figures in “Kiss” captures, simultaneously, the intimacy of a single kiss between two lovers and the universal emotion – the tenderness and passion – of love. The feelings of melancholy, of mystery and wonder that persist in Victor’s paintings which recall the style of Odilon Redon and Gustave Moreau and yet are uniquely situated in his hands.
Victor’s work can be found in Art galleries and private collections all over the world.