b. 1905 in North Dakota, USA
d. 2000 in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Wasyl Kacurovsky, the first curator of the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (UIMA), is of Ukrainian descent. He completed his education in Prague, Czech Republic, graduating in 1930 from the School of Economics. He worked in several financial institutions, returning to the United States in 1953 with his family and settling in Chicago, where he worked for the Federal Reserve Bank until his retirement in 1968.
Kacurovsky was a self-taught artist and art critic. In 1972, he became the first curator of the UIMA and was subsequently responsible for the institution’s aesthetic growth and development, establishing a prominent art space. He became Curator Emeritus in 1985.
As an artist, he created hundreds of paintings, uniquely utilizing mixed-media and even found materials. His artistic ideas were progressive and his style notable, one of a kind.
Acrylic, gel medium and gravel on canvas
24” x 18”
Gift of the artist