Ukrainian Artist to Showcase Unique Mosaics at Special Exhibit at Ukrainian Institute

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Noted Ukrainian artist Oksana Prokopenko will be showcasing her unique mosaic icons during a special exhibit at the Ukrainian Institute of America May 20 through June 13.

The "Virgin and Child" is one of Prokopenko's most well-known works

The process is a spiritual practice, my communion with the divine. The fruit of the communion are the religious works created in the spirit of love.

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Noted Ukrainian artist Oksana Prokopenko will be showcasing her unique mosaic icons during a special exhibit at the Ukrainian Institute of America May 20 through June 13.

The opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, May 20 at 6 p.m.

Prokopenko, who now lives in New York City, is becoming established as an artist creating some of the most unique mosaics. She creates mosaic icons in the tradition of Byzantine masters from hundreds of years ago, not common among contemporary artists.

She describes herself as a colorist who is inspired by spiritual and emotional heights during the creative process. Following 9/11, Prokopenko, who was in Manhattan during the tragedy, was led to metaphorically reassemble the pieces of shattered glass from the World Trade Centers.

Her works have been recognized for their spiritual strength, allowing a glimpse behind the veil that shadows the divine while revealing the energy as displayed in human and worldly forms. She has been called "a rarity" in the contemporary art scene.

Prokopenko said that her work is rooted in a centuries-old spiritual tradition called iconography. While beginning as a painter and icon writer, she moved into mosaics. Her mosaic icons are created from hundreds of tiny pieces of stained and Venetian glass.

"The process is a spiritual practice, my communion with the divine," she said. "The fruit of the communion are the religious works created in the spirit of love."

Her work has been purchased by several religious communities, including the Order of St. Augustine in Pennsylvania and the Order of Carmelites in Wisconsin, as well as many private collectors. She was featured in a previous show at the Ukrainian Institute in 2006, as well as group shows at the Catholic Archdiocese of New York and Hunter College in New York City.

The Ukrainian Institute of America is located at 2 East 79th Street at 5th Ave.

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JW Public Relations
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