Sergey Pivtorak

Sergiy Mikolaiovych Pivtorak is one of the brightest virtuosos of paintbrush whose star has risen lately in Romny’s artistic sky.

He was born on August 30, 1969 in a picturesque village Voschylyha in Romny area.He dreamed of becoming an artist all along his childhood. He was coming regularly to Romny from his village to study art and understand colors from Valeriy Zosenko. His way to the top wasn’t easy or short. At that time it was almost unrealistic to be admitted to a prestigious art school for someone from province. Sergiy Pivtorak graduated from Kharkyv State Art College and Kharkiv Pedagogical University.

Living in Kharkiv taught Sergiy a lot on his path to a successful artist. It is worth mentioning, that among his mentors at that time were P. Shygymaga, M. Konstantinopolsky, V. Khmelnystsky, and other masters of paintbrush. Sergiy has very deep respect for his friend and mentor Vitaliy Baranenko. While being a student, Sergiy exhibited his paintings at Kharkiv House of Artists. His self criticism, hard work and admiration for art were always a part of his life.

Sergiy self-educated himself; he was always aimed at searching for something new, something yet undiscovered. Sergiy Pivtorak’s work spans from classical realism to impressionism. His landscapes, still life, and oil paintings are full of color and air. His ideals in art are Polenov, Levitan, Yuon, Zhukovsky, Vasilkivsky. The best way for a young artist to succeed is to find undiscovered, learn new techniques, masterfully unite colors and tones. He learns a lot from nature itself, also from his experienced fellow artists. He also loves his native land, its history, and its complicated contemporary living. It is no secret that love to ones native land and its people is what gives birth to an artist.

His admittance to National Guild of Painters of Ukraine in the fall of 2003 was an outstanding event for Sergiy Pivtorak and Romny’s artist community. His numerous works, their artistic value and completeness were factors that guaranteed him admittance to the guild. His works were of a very high level, and that allowed him to join this selected group of artists who are known to be demanding not only to themselves, but their colleagues as well. It is worth mentioning that Sergiy Pivtorak is the first ever artist from town of Romny to join the National Guild of Painters of Ukraine. He is an artist who shows his native land, takes a snapshot of the history and people of his native land, teaches to appreciate its beauty, and, after all, to love it. His works are loved. More and more often they end up in museums and private collections both in Ukraine and abroad. Pivtorak’s paintings are exhibited in Sumy Art Museum, Romny Museum.

Sergiy Pivtorak plays an important role in artistic life of Romny, Sumy, and across the country. More and more often he participates in local, regional, and country wide art exhibitions. Every art exhibition is a new challenge for him. Just in the last few years Sergiy Pivtorak participated in numerous country wide art exhibitions devoted to 2000th anniversary of birth of Christ (Kyiv, Kharkiv 2000), Artist Day (Kyiv 2000, 2003, Kharkiv 2001), “Picturesque Ukraine” (Ivano-Frankivsk, 2001, Donetsk 2001), 65-th anniversary of Kharkiv Regional Guild of Artists (Kharkiv 2003). In addition, personal exhibitions in Romny Museum, art center “Sobor” (Sumy), and Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Kyiv) are also worth mentioning.

In one of his interviews, Sergiy Pivtorak answered the question about what he considers his best piece to be in the following way:

“I believe that my best paintings are yet to come”.