“Life of an artist is a constituent of many facts that from time to time make him refer to the previous years and look there for his symbols, attributes, impressions, and inspiration…Fine art is the home of visual images and impressions. This is the territory of the special psychological condition, the projection of the reflection of the past. This is the territory of the exceptional and idealized world of reality. It enhances the emotional and substantive mythologize of life, gives the artist the feeling of worthiness and significance.”
Basanets Valery Lukich (born on January 11th, 1941 in the city of Brody, Lvov Oblast, Ukraine). The Distinguished Artist of Ukraine (2009). Was born in the family of a military man. Graduated from Odessa Art College, Fine Art Department (1963). Works in the field of fine art, graphics and sculptures. In the sixties he joined the group of young non-conformist artists whose activity influenced the development of Odessa fine art in the second half of the XX century. In 1966 started exhibiting his art works. In the period of “stagnation” took part in many “apartment exhibitions” (Odessa, Moscow, Leningrad). A member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine (1970). A member of the National Association of Artists of Ukraine (1993). One of the founding members of “Choven” group of artists and “Mamay” Creative Union (1998).
Solo exhibitions: Odessa (1980-1981, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2009), Lvov (2002, 2003), Kiev (2004).
Rewards: The First Prize at Young Artists of Ukraine Exhibition-Contest (Moscow, VDNKh (Exhibition of Economic Achievements), 1971); Grand Prix at Impreza-89 International Biennale in the Fine Art Nomination (Ivano-Frankovsk, 1989); The First Prize at Impreza-91 International Biennale in Graphics Nomination (Ivano-Frankovsk, 1991); Juries Prize at Impreza-93 International Biennale in Sculpture Nomination (Ivano-Frankovsk, 1993); Prize Winner at Lvov-91. Resurrection. Ukrainian Fine Art Biennale (Lvov, 1991); The First Prize at High Castle Lvov Autumn Salon Exhibition-Contest (Lvov, 1999).
Art Works are housed in the following collections: The National Art Museum of Ukraine (Kiev); The Modern Art Museum of Ukraine (Kiev); Odessa Art Museum; Odessa Literature Museum; Odessa Modern Art Museum; Ethnography and Folk Art Museum (Lvov); Ivano-Frankovsk Fine Art Museum; Khmelnitsky Fine Art Museum; Museum of Kiev Mogila Academy; Lane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum (New Jersey, USA); Soviart Gallery (Kiev); in private collections in Ukraine, Russia, Germany, Japan, Canada, USA, England, Israel, Denmark, and Belgium.