13/07/2023 - 20/09/2023
Mid-Late C20th - Painting
Maria Prymachenko (1909-97)
Maria Prymachenko grew up in Polissya, a picturesque region near Kyiv. With no formal artistic training, she took inspiration from nature. Regardless of floods or droughts, she continued to work amidst adversity, and was fortified by an inner light.
Maria Prymachenko spent almost her entire life in her native village, rarely venturing far away. But in her imagination, she created a universe that audiences can continue to explore and delight in today. Since the destruction by Russian forces of a local museum housing Prymachenko’s works, it has only been possible to see the artist’s paintings through exhibitions such as this.
During times of war, Prymachenko’s art became a source of strength for Ukrainians. It reminds them of their own power, their incredible past, and what the future could hold.