b. 1915 in Pylypche, Ukraine
d. 1985 in New York, New York, USA
Jacques Hnizdovsky studied art in his youth in both Warsaw, Poland and Zagreb, Croatia. From an early age, he showed strong interest in woodcuts, becoming inspired by works of Albrecht Dürer, as well as traditional works from Japan. During his long and fruitful career, Hnizdovsky worked successfully in a range of media, yet his most memorable pieces are his woodblock prints and paintings.
Between 1947 and 1948, Hnizdovsky produced layouts and
graphics for AKRA, a Ukrainian art and literary pamphlet published monthly in Munich. He immigrated to the United States in 1949, and became primarily focused on woodcuts. Within a year after his arrival in the U.S., Hnizdovsky decided to work as an independent artist, devoting his time solely to his own art production. Many of Hnizdovsky’s pieces depict the natural world, his woodcuts often bearing imagery of animals or plants–recurring themes are comprised of cats, sheep and trees.
Hnizdovsky’s prints are in the collections of institutions such as the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C. and Yale University.
Metro Rush Hour, 1957
© 1985 S. Hnizdovsky
Oil on canvas
31 3/4” x 39 1/2”
Gift of Mr. Bohdan Kowalsky