Soirée & Fine Art Auction
Saturday, September 30, 2017 8 p.m.
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Zenowij Onyshkewych

Lot #20
Est. $1,300–$2,000

Zenowij Onyshkewych 
Oil on canvas board
17 7/16" x 21 3/8" 
Donated by the artist

Zenowij Onyshkewych (b. 1929) is a prolific Ukrainian American artist, whose oeuvre includes a wide range of mediums spanning sixty years of creative expression: landscapes, portraits and caricatures executed in oils, watercolors, and ink or pencil. A product of two continents, Onyshkewych’s creative heritage is a consequence of a complex personal history—that of a Ukrainian immigrant absorbing the European painting tradition through a strong American lens. After witnessing the terrors of the Second World War as a teenager in Poland, Austria, and Germany, young Zenowij relocated with his family to the U.S. in 1949. Reginald Marsh, one of the best known chroniclers of 1930s and 40s New York, was Onyshkewych’s teacher (Art Students League of New York) who connected the young artist to the tradition of American urban modernism. Onyshkewych’s work is found among prestigious American and international collections, including the Vatican, where he painted a life size portrait of Pope Paul VI. Onyshkewych’s caricatures and editorial illustrations have appeared in The New York Times and The National Observer. He designed covers for Reader’s Digest, St. Martin’s Press, McGraw Hill, and Random House, just to name a few. He taught life drawing and painting at Fairfield University for nearly 20 years. Zenovij Onyshkewych is a long-time resident of Ridgefield, Connecticut.


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