Dmytro Dotsenko's Ukrainian Renaissance
“The main impetus for this work was the horrific news about the events in Bucha, Irpin, Hostomel and, especially, in Mariupol, during the first stage of the invasion of Ukraine in the spring of 2022, with mass targeted killings of civilians in these peaceful Ukrainian cities. Shock and insufficient awareness of what happened and became a reality in the 21st century pushed this painting out of me.
I aimed to fit the artwork in the context of the contemporary Russian full-scale invasion of 2022-2023, and thus to place our tragedy in a global context. That is the reason why I chose a mixture of plastic means of the Byzantine icon, the Italian Renaissance, and the Ukrainian Baroque as well as ornamental elements.”
About the artist
Dmytro Dotsenko was born in 1994 in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine.Received a master's degree in painting from the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture (Kyiv) in 2022, studied at the Kharkiv Academy of Design and Arts, 2013-2017. Dmytro Dotsenko has been a member of the Ministry of Education of the NSHU since 2021. He works in the technique of painting and graphics, mostly with traditional media.