b. 1923 in Ispas, Ukraine
Themistocle Wirsta received artistic training as a child in his hometown province of Chernivtsi, Ukraine, where he was born. In 1940, he left Ukraine, and lived in several countries, including Romania, former Yugoslavia, and Italy–he continued his academic and artistic studies, focusing primarily on painting, sculpture, and architecture. In 1950, he settled in Paris and enrolled in the École des Beaux-Arts.
It was in the 1950s, during the Art Informel movement, that Wirsta began to move away from his earlier figurative work towards abstraction. He developed an internally driven style characterized by evocations and dreamlike states, and became interested in themes of creation and the universal condition of the cosmos–this led him to focus on symbols as life metaphors. He defined his work as “Allegorical Symbolism,” designating two
bodies of work: “Sign and Verb” and Mutandis/Mutations.”
Wirsta has exhibited in countless shows internationally, including at Paris BICS Montparnasse, 1999-2000, and Harvard University, 2001. He lives and works in Paris, France.
Paris, not dated
Acrylic on board
11” x 14 1/4”
Gift of Drs. Daria and Jaroslaw Myndiuk