b. 1913 in Zaporizhia, Ukraine
d. 1989 in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Andrij Kowalenko began exploring art as a child. He excelled in drawing and painting, initially working in watercolor and oil media. As a young man, he trained in the style of Soviet Realism before undertaking and completing his studies at St. Luke’s Institute of Art in Liege, Belgium. His works from this period were quasi-traditional, departing from the Institute’s rigid and
In 1956, Kowalenko immigrated to the United States and settled in Chicago, Illinois, and soon after began taking commissions. He participated in numerous Chicago exhibitions, especially group exhibitions organized by the Ukrainian art collective, Monolith. Monolith held solo exhibitions for Kowalenko in 1975, 1977 and 1980.
In 1982, Kowalenko represented the Ukrainian Artist International Exhibition in Toronto, Canada; he exhibited further internationally, too, in countries such as Germany and Belgium.
The Blue Madonna, 1985
12” x 9”
Promised gift of Mrs. Lialia Kuchma