"1000 years of independence"

2008-2009, multiple intaglio, drawing, paper, 230 х 230 cm

With his work the “Fountain of Exhaustion”, shown at the Venice Biennale in 2022 right after the outbreak of the war, Pavlo Makov emphasizes that Ukraine’s independence has been in question for many years, despite the fact that Ukrainians have always identified themselves culturally and historically independent. For hundreds of years, Ukrainians have lived in the same territories. Captured and humiliated by their neighbours, they stayed united. In his work “1000 Years of Independence” Makov depicts numerous continuous sacrifices of generations, reinforced further by the current war. 

About the artist

Pavlo Makov (1958, St. Petersburg; based in Kharkiv)
Academician of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine.

Born in 1958 in St. Petersburg. Lives and works in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

1974-1979 - Crimean Art College (Simferopol, Ukraine)
1977-1978 - Academy of Fine Arts (St. Petersburg, Russia)
1979-1984 - Kharkiv Art and Industrial Institute, The Department of Graphics (Ukraine)

1988 - Artists’ Union of Ukraine
1990 - Funen Graphic Workshop (Odense, Denmark)
1994 - Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (London)
2007 - Correspondent member, National Academy of Arts of Ukraine
2018 - Laureate, Taras Shevchenko Ukrainian National Prize
2021 - Member of the Academy, National Academy of Arts of Ukraine

Main museums and public collections
National Art Museum of Ukraine (Kyiv)
Victoria and Albert Museum (London)
National Gallery of Art (Washington DC)
Library of Congress (Washington DC)
Contemporary Art and Culture Center (Osaka, Japan)
Fine Art Museum (Cremona, Italy)
Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum, Madrid
Zimmerli Museum (USA) and others