“With my artworks I strive to deliver thoughts, and those fine substances which we mark as emotions, feelings and the whiffles of soul."
Mr. Manaylo (born in Uzhgorod, Subcarpathia) is a third generation Ruthenian painter from a dynasty of successful artists. His grandfather, Fedor Manaylo - the National Artist of Ukraine and one of the founding fathers of the Trans-Carpathian school of fine arts along with his father Ivan, played an outstanding role in the history of fine arts in this historic region. Andrew was not only trained by his “family school,” but also at prestigious institutions as the Lviv Academy of Fine Arts (Ukraine) and the St. Petersburg Repin Academy of Fine Arts (Russia) - where he was able to expand his spirit of artistic professionalism and carry on a family tradition with a contemporary approach.
His broad education allows him to encompass and combine the traditional and optimistic palette central to the Trans-Carpathian school of fine arts, the constructional laconism which is a characteristic feature of the Lviv artistic environment, and the academic precision for which the Russian Petersburg School is famous. The importance of this style of art is without measure as the Ruthenians are a small people without any statehood and constantly threatened by assimilation and in danger of disappearing for good. They are scattered all over the world, but the bulk still live in the center of Europe at the base of the beautiful Carpathians. There are approximately 1.5 million Ruthenians in Europe today.
There have been a number of Ruthenian Americans that have made names for themselves over the years such as actresses Sandra Dee, Lizabeth Scott, actor Robert Urich, boxer Pete Latzo, Marine Sgt. Michael Strank, who raised the U.S. flag on Iwo Jima, composer Peter Wilhousky, but none as widely recognized as artist Andy Warhol. Because of his international success, Warhol helps to improve the knowledge and struggle of Ruthenians and their problems in Europe to this day.
Expanding this history, Mr. Manaylo is once again creating excitement and narrative adding to the Ruthenian legacy. His dedication to the arts and his ancestors is what make Andrew such an exciting artist to watch. He utilizes his traditional and contemporary teachings and through this language of the arts he conveys his thoughts, emotions, feelings and personality to create his own unique language on canvas. A substantial portion of his works are painted with dark yet exuberant pigments filling the background and central personages. For paintings with such depth and darkness his canvasses glitter with unexpected color.
While many are attracted to his palette and strong canvasses, others are captured by his ability to render a variety of genres, topical richness together with conceptual compositions from modern day to mythology. His love of everything beautiful shows in his nudes, landscapes and still lifes. His female characters hold you spellbound with their special chastity and charm, illustrative of Serov’s art. His city landscapes personify perfection of architectural ensembles yet at the same time his blotted silhouettes and the absence of details strangely demonstrate the grandiosity of the space and the coloration of the city. The same soft colors, clearness and refined esthetics define the painter’s still lifes. Their characteristic feature is a refined opposition of form and volume.
Andrew, is one of the most generously gifted representatives of the Ruthenian painter dynasty. Beyond his art, he is a compassionate artist who has dedicated himself to furthering the Ruthenian culture. Mr. Manaylo has been the head of the Ruthenian Self-Government in Hungary, was a delegate of the Ruthenians to their World and European congresses, and initiated the construction of a Greek Catholic wooden church in Máriapócs, Hungary. He also organizes international creative symposiums for Ruthenian children and adults on Lake Balaton (Hungary) and finally, is the founding father and the president of the Association for the Culture of the Carpathian Region.
Nikita D. Lobanov-Rostovsky
Advisor to the auction house "Christie’s" and (subsequently, from 1992 to 1997) to "Sotheby's"
Member of the Board of Directors' of "Association of Theatre Museum" in London,
Life Member of the Union of benefactors of the Museum "Metropolitan" in New York,
board member of the "Institute of Modern Russian Culture" in Los Angeles (CA),
a member of the "Association of American scholars of Russian origin" in New York,
board member of the "International Foundation of Arts and Education" in Washington,
honorary doctor of the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts
2011-2015 – professional advanced training courses at the faculty of painting and drawing of the Russian Academy of Art in St. Petersburg (Russian Federation);
1991-1993 – graphic design faculty of the Polygraphic Academy, Lviv (Ukraine);
1987-1991 – batik decoration faculty of the Academy of Applied Arts, Lviv (Ukraine);
1985-1987 – faculty of decorative metal treatment at the College of Applied Arts, Uzhgorod (Ukraine).
Museum of Ruthenian Fine Arts, Budapest / Hungary
Museum collection of Art Eastern Europe Association, Zug / Switzerland
Museum of Theater Arts, Moscow / Russian Federation
Awards and Memberships:
“Pro Cultura Minoritatum Hungariae” – State Award for outstanding achievement on field of national education and culture. Bestowed by the minister of human resources.
International Award 'For Outstanding Contribution to the World of Ruthenian Art”. Bestowed by the World Council of Rusyns;
“Most Promising Emerging Talent” awarded by the Pannonian World Association;
Member of World Academy of Rusyn Culture;
Member of the Municipal Art Society of New York;
Member of The Artists' Guild of the Boca Raton Museum of Art;
Municipal collection of canton Zug / Switzerland
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade / Hungary
Robert Harris Rothschild collection / USA
Imre Pakh collection, New York / USA
Ahmed Al Yafei collection, Abu Dhabi / UAE
Municipal collection of Vác / Hungary
Ibragimov Alijan collection, Berne / Switzerland
Pamela J Nigro & William K Noda collection / USA
Blake & Lisa Stichter collection / USA
The main exhibitions:
2018 – USA, Chicago (IL) – Charity solo exhibition for Make-A-Wish® Illinois organization;
2018 – USA, Houston (TX), Thornwood Art Gallery – group exhibition;
2018 – USA, Naples (FL), Casanova Art Gallery – group exhibition;
2017 – USA, Boston (MA), Art & Design of the 20th & 21st Centuries – solo exhibition;
2017 – USA, Fort Lauderdale (FL), Bellagio Art Gallery – group exhibition;
2017 – USA, Laguna Beach (CA), Elena Fine Art Gallery – solo exhibition;
2016 – USA, New Orleans (LA), YVE Gallery – solo exhibition;
2016 – USA, Artexpo New York;
2015 – USA, Art Rochester, New York;
2015 – USA, Savour Gallery, Chicago, IL – solo exhibition;
2015 – USA, Artexpo New York;
2014 – USA, Los Angeles (CA), World Wide Art;
2014 – Lebanon, Beirut Art Fair (represented by ADAH);
2014 – Italy, Florence, Galleria 360 – group exhibition;
2014 – USA, Art Expo New York, (Pier 94);
2014 – Switzerland, Zürich, Rothschild Bank AG – group exhibition;
2013 – USA, Bronxville (NY), Objects & Images Gallery – group exhibition;
2013 – China, Shanghai, Shanghai Art Fair 2013;
2013 – Great Britain, London, Battersea, Affordable Art Fair;
2013 – Switzerland, Bern, Embassy of Ukraine in the Swiss Confederation and the Principality of Liechtenstein– solo exhibition;
2013 – Switzerland, Olten, Gallerie Art Mathieu – group exhibition;
2013 – France, Paris, Kalinka Art Gallery – group exhibition;
2013 – Great Britain, London, Royal Opera Arcade Gallery – group exhibition;
2012 – United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, Art Hub Gallery – solo exhibition;