b. 1928 in Luka, Ukraine
Mychajlo Urban studied at the University of Illinois, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Chicago, the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Notre Dame; it was at Notre Dame that he received his Master of Fine Arts degree in 1972.
Urban’s paintings and sculptures use strong geometric shapes that recall living forms through their organic simplicity. He often utilizes bright and contrasting colors, as well as complex patterns in both his two-dimensional and three-dimensional works. In 1973, Walter M. Martin, then curator of the College Art Collection at Concordia College, said of Urban’s work, “Hard constructed forms on one hand, free outflowing emotive ideas on the other . . . Urban has given a full life of bold color form to his sculpture ideas.” In 1971, Urban cofounded the UIMA together with artist Konstantin Milonadis.
40” x 16” x 14”
Gift of Mr. Wasyl Kacurovsky