Esopus River (Phoenicia, NY)
Oil on canvas
16" x 20"
From the Olha Chypak estate
Mychajlo Moroz studied with Oleksa Novakivsky in Lviv during the 1920s and remained his assistant until the latter’s death in 1935. The two artists forged a close bond and in 1931 traveled together to Italy, where Moroz would return at various times during his long, peripatetic career. After completing his studies in Lviv in 1928, he traveled to Paris to study art. Of the places where he studied, the most famous was the Académie Julian, a private institution known equally for the quality of its instruction and the openness of its policy.
Moroz’s artistic odyssey was affected profoundly by World War II. He was forced to leave his native land, traveling first to Germany and then in 1949 to the United States, where he and his family made their permanent home. During his years in Germany he held true to the constants of his art. He continued to paint, focusing on cultural and civic monuments and celebrating nature’s majesty.
During his years in the United States, he also traveled widely, documenting many locales. He was an artist deeply rooted in the Diaspora community. Moroz’s art will always be most closely linked to his Ukrainian heritage. Yet it is important to appreciate the international scope of his vision. During his extensive career in America, for example, he painted many of the country’s most beautiful natural sites — from the coast of Maine to the Grand Canyon. These works represent his most mature expression. As such, he belongs among the preeminent American landscapists of the second half of the 20th century.