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Alexandr Onishenko

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Alexandr Onishenko

b.1957

One of the most successful artists in the Czech Republic came to this country with few possessions and began selling his work, alongside with artists on the Charles Bridge.
Alexandr Onishenko, Ukrainian by birth, was not there long. The quality of his work shone out he was offered exhibitions not just in this country but also in Germany, France, Spain, U.K., USA etc.

Onishenko quickly went on to open his own gallery where you can see his new impressionist paintings. He breathes life into even inanimate objects giving them a vibrancy and personality of their own. One can explore his landscapes, see around corners in his forests, fly with his birds, gallop with horses, explore Gothic courtyards or soar with him over the rooftops of Prague. Onishenko's paintings are full of energy and, although impressionist in style, rich in detail. His are not one-dimensional canvases, one can return to them again and again, each time discovering new depths, and hidden secrets.

Alexandr Onishenko is an artist based in Prague, CZ. Well known for his vibrant impressionist paintings, his work is exhibited throughout Europe and the United States.

Life and Career
Alexandr Onishenko was born in 1957 in Chernihiv (also referred to as Chernigov, Ukrainian) the capital of the Ukrainian province of Chernihiv Oblast. His artistic studies were encouraged and supported from an early age by his father. In 1979, he graduated from the Institute of Art in Kiev and became a member of the Russian Art Union. State regulation of the arts under the Soviet Union encouraged Onishenko and many other young artists to rebel and form an illegal artists' collective, which was housed in the Yeletsky Monastery.

In 1981, Onishenko and several companions moved to the Tevriz district of the Omsk Provence in Siberia. After six years of “self-exileâ€, he returned to the Ukraine in 1987. Fleeing the increasing political turmoil in the years just before the fall of the Soviet Union, Onishenko moved to Yugoslavia briefly before settling in Prague, Czech Republic in 1991. After years of painting on the famous Charles Bridge, Onishenko met with such success that he opened his own gallery in 1994 (Galerie Jakubska) in Prague's Old Town. Onishenko presently resides in Prague and has become one the city's most accomplished artists receiving both the Franz Kafka Prizeand the Masaryk Academy of Sciences Award.

Artwork
The signatures style of Alexandr Onishenko's Impressionism work includes exclusive use of the palette knife and painting on black canvases. The artist's description of his own work as "New Impressionism" is not to be confused with the pointillism of Neo-Impressionism. Its own distinction lies in the use of a traditional impasto painting technique wherein paint is applied in heavy, textured quantity and sometimes even mixed directly on the surface of the canvas, while at the same time Onishenko departs dramatically from traditional Impressionism by beginning on a pitch-black surface. This reversal of the painting process - moving from darkness to light - brings with it the high level of contrast and vibrancy of color that the artist's paintings are known for.

Alexandr Onishenko portrays a wide variety of subjects in his work. Still Lives, nudes, land and city-scapes are all well represented in his portfolio, but over the years one of his most famous motifs has remained his bird's-eye perspective paintings of the rooftops of Prague. He is very well traveled and continues to be inspired in his work even years after visiting a new location.
Select Exhibitions:

2016
Solo exhibition, Grand hotel PUPP, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
Solo exhibition, Broadmoor Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO, USA

2015
Solo exhibition, More Art Tea Galerie, Grenoble, France
Solo exhibition, Centre Culturel De La Visitation, Périgueux, France
Solo exhibition, Filsinger Gallery – Fossil & Art, Palm Desert, CA, USA

2014
Solo Exhibition at ASWARA – National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Solo Exhibition TAPAK Gallery, Shah Alam, Malaysia

2013
Joint Exhibition, Art Junction. The LaLit New Dehli Art Gallery New Dehli, India
Group Exhibition THETA Art of Malaysia & Alexandr Onishenko, Art Gallery Prague
Under patronage of Embassy of Malaysia & Malaysian Cultural Heritage Foundation
*Solo Exhibition, Hayden-Hays Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO, USA

2012
Group exhibition “TOWARDS MOKSHA†Arshi Ahmed & Alexandr Onishenko-Indian Embassy Prague & Indian Council for Cultural Relations New Delhi, Prague Art Gallery
Solo Exhibition, Hayden-Hays Gallery, Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, USA
Solo Exhibition, Ve Veži Gallery, Mělník, Czech Republic
Solo Exhibition, ‘Kavárna pod hodinami' Brno, Czech Republic

2011
Solo Exhibition, 38 Devonshire Street-Private Practice, London, UK
Solo Exhibition, Hayden-Hays Gallery, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
Group Sale Exhibition, Graham Fine Art, London, UK

2010
Charity Auction, Broken Silence Foundation, Prague Art, Czech Republic
Solo Exhibition, New Paintings, Hayden-Hays Gallery, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
Charity Auction, Czech Irish Business Association: St Patrick's Day Gala Dinner, Art Praha, Czech Republic
Solo Exhibition, Scandinavian Premiere, Quality Spa and Resort, Stromstad, Sweden
Solo Exhibition, RadniÄni skliípek, Liberec, Czech Republic

2009
Charity Auction, Broken Silence Foundation, Praha Art, Czech Republic
Solo Exhibition, New Paintings, The Smithfield Gallery, London, UK
Solo Exhibition, Municipal House Foyer, Liberec, Czech Republic
Solo Exhibition, Sounds of Light, The Royal Institute of British Architects, London, UK
Solo Exhibition, New Paintings, Galerie Eraunsia, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France

2008
Solo Exhibition, New Paintings, The Smithfield Gallery, London, UK
Charity Auction, Czech Irish Business Association: St Patrick's Day Gala Dinner, Prague, Czech Republic
Charity Auction, Broken Silence Foundation, Prague Art, Czech Republic

2007
Group Exhibition, Autumn Exhibition, Langham Fine Art Gallery, Suffolk, UK
Group Exhibition, Výtvarna scéna 2007 Carolinum, Art Prague, Czech Republic
Charity Auction, Czech Irish Business Association: St Patrick's Day Gala Dinner, Prague, Czech Republic
Solo Exhibition, Ve Veži Gallery, Mělník, Czech Republic
Solo Exhibition, Reproductions & Photographs, Divadlo v Ostrave, Ostrava, Czech Republic

2006
Group Exhibition, Autumn Exhibition, Langham Fine Art Gallery, Suffolk, UK
Charity Auction, International School of Prague: Gala Evening, Prague Art, Czech Republic
Charity Auction, Czech Irish Business Association: Annual Gala Dinner, Prague, Czech Republic
Auction, Expat Business Association: Grand Bal Masqué, Art Prague, Czech Republic
Publications:
Alexandr Onishenko, New Impressionism, 2007 Catalogue Galerie Jakubská, Prague, Czech Republic 2007
Alexandr Onishenko, 2006 Catalogue, Galerie Jakubská, Prague, Czech Republic 2006
The Secret of the Black Canvas, Galerie Jakubská, Prague, Czech Republic 2004 ISBN 80-903382-1-6
The Secret of the Black Canvas, Film Documentary, Flightprod, Dir. Bronislava JaneÄková 2000

Awards:
1998 The Masaryk Academy of Sciences award
1998 The Franz Kafka Medal
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