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“The base for elaborating my own artistic credo was as a matter of fact the experience of all the great masters of the paint-brush and - accumulating their achievements - striving to define my own road by looking at this knowledge through the prism of my personal perception of the world."

Andrew Manaylo

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Flying deeper

I read somewhere that "life is like a balloon. If we want to fly higher, we must learn to let go of things and toss out of the basket whatever it is that won't let us soar." Well, in my growth as an artist, I have come to the point where I feel I have to get rid of what is superfluous, what is hindering my ascent. For a long time I have had the desire to move away from figurative representation, from some kind of superficial reflection of surface-level reality. There is no beaten path before me, but I feel inside that I must strive more to capture all the emotion, the drama, and the catharsis. I want to make sure that when someone enters an exhibition space with paintings hanging on the wall and looks around, it is my work that captures their attention with its powerful atmosphere. It attracts and evokes emotions that make the visitor think. The loneliness of the artist is thus eliminated, and the "loose ends" allow the receptive public to become part of the creative process. Because I believe that art is not for its own sake, but only makes sense with the artist.

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ORIGINS

GET AN EXCLUSIVE INSIGHT INTO THE LEGACY OF MY PREDECESSORS

FEDOR MANAYLO (1910-1978)

Creative Legacy of Ruthenian Artist

Highest Ruthenian National Cultural Award

Named After IVAN MANAYLO (1942-2010)

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MANAYLO DYNASTY IN RUSYN CULTURE

The Dancing Painter

Art - Andrew Manaylo: Ruthenian family, Hungarian life.

László Bertók:

Joy, beauty, and passion. His art can be characterized by these three concepts, which have brought the artist popularity with the public, and in America, this popularity translates into purchases. His canvases are used by New York interior designers when creating homes for their clients, gallery owners vie for his works. Domestically he was recently presented with the Pro Cultura Minoritatum Hungariae award. We can safely say that Andrew Manaylo has come into his own. But behind the sunny image, if we look closer we will see the drama, the flight, and the new beginning.

 

In the living room, filled with heirloom furniture, we are greeted by the artworks of a legendary painter dynasty. There is almost no wall space left empty, even the staircase is adorned with paintings by grandfather Fedor Manaylo, who was in his heyday in the 1930s, and father Ivan Manaylo, along with a few canvases by the lone female artist of the family, Viktoria Manaylo-Prihogyko, and the third generation, represented by the host, Andrew. He was born in this environment, which smelled like paint and was made lively by the presence of artists, in Uzhgorod in 1970.

 

“One might say I was born almost on the painter’s palette, so apart from a few childhood ‘I'm going to be an astronaut’ flights of fancy, it was always clear that I would become an artist, too,” he says, and then introduces his wife, an industrial artist of half-Hungarian, half-Ruthenian ancestry, who is now offering us a special Ruthenian pastry. In front of the pictures, Andrew Manaylo begins to talk about his beloved grandfather not without a certain idealization. I find out that when he was seven years old, he used to travel the Carpathians with his own little easel under his arm, and wherever the old man was inspired, they would sit down and paint. When the grazing lambs proved too difficult for the youngster to capture, Papa Fedor would step up to him, mix the strips of paint that had been neatly set out onto the palette, and with three well-directed strokes of his brush, he would put the flock in place.

The little child was impressed by his grandfather's talent as a painter, and now he has a slightly blackened picture to prove it. It depicts a Ruthenian woodcutter in a white linen shirt, ax in hand, vigorously wrestling with wood. The chips fly, I can almost hear the splitting of the log. The picture radiates raw power. It evokes the atmosphere of the canvases of Károly Kernstok and Lajos Tihanyi, but then I realize that this is no coincidence since it is the same age, the same period, Fedor Manaylo could have easily been the ninth of the Eight, although he would have not quite fit in because he is less universal and much more of a folk artist.

 

My host's brushwork is precisely as dynamic as his grandfather’s, who in 1931 founded the Podkarpatska Rus Art Society in Uzhhorod, later the Carpatho-Ruthenian Barbizon, whose membership included thirty-eight Carpatho-Ruthenian painters: a mixture of Hungarians, Slovaks, and Ruthenians. They all strived to achieve a common goal, which was to create a strong regional school of fine arts. At the time of the post-Trianon changes of power, there was freedom at first, so painters could study in European art schools. Some went to the Julian Academy in Paris, others to the Munich School, others to Rome, Budapest, and Fedor Manaylo to Prague.

My host opens a book with a group portrait of Barbizon painters: József Boksay, Fedor Manaylo, Andriy Koczka, Vaszil Szvida, Béla Erdélyi, Ernő Kontratovics and  Sándor Petky. The photograph was taken in 1946, at the last moment before the Soviet authorities began to impose their intellectually impoverished artistic concept, socialist realism on artists.

 

“Both my grandfather and my father circumvented political pressures by painting landscapes. Neither of them wanted to paint Lenin, a foreman looking at a red horizon or a portrait of a party secretary, certainly not in the soulless, static manner that would have been expected. Landscapes were a tolerable (and tolerated) compromise, but anyone who went down this path would not even be commissioned to decorate a bus stop,” says Andrew Manaylo, recalling that his grandfather once made an exception and tried his hand at a factory interior, in an avant-garde manner of course. The result was an expressionist work that captured the essence of the place, which he called The Symphony of the Factory. Of course, it did not meet the demands of the comrades.

 

Andrew Manaylo's art was influenced not only by his grandfather, but also by his father. His love of bright colors comes from him, I learn as we arrive at a picture painted by his father. He taught me not to approach the canvas from the wrist in a restrained, picky manner, but to utilize my feelings, my passion, my emotions, and to realize that the big gestures on the canvas also require space.

So "they need space". At first, it's not quite clear what he means, it's only when we finally enter the art studio and I see the paint-splattered walls, windows, radio, that I realize the passion that permeates the creative process. The oil paint piled on a "palette" the size of a table, the nude on the easel: a pretty woman leaning on her knees, her hands hanging loosely. The focus of the painting is a detailed hand, while other parts of the body are depicted with sweeping, sometimes thick strokes of paint. Behind the anatomically perfect figure, the background is a blur of color. In the manner typical of the Impressionists, the painter leaves it to the viewer to decide what to imagine around her. The artist smiles with satisfaction. As he says, all that is needed is to make the viewer experience something all his own.

 

Andrew Manaylo moved to Hungary with his wife at the time of the regime change and, as a patriotic Ruthenian from Transcarpathia, he also took on a public office for a time: he was elected president of the Hungarian Ruthenian Self-government. He initiated the construction of a Greek Catholic wooden church in Máriapócs, attempted to revive the Carpatho-Ruthenian Barbizon in the form of an artists' colony in Balatonföldvár, and today he is a philanthropist, giving lectures to Ruthenian immigrants in America. Asked about leaving his homeland, a gloomy cloud rolls over his face. As a young man, life presented him with a dilemma:

If I wanted to remain a painter, I had to leave Transcarpathia for the sake of my livelihood. My wife had family abroad so the opportunity presented itself. I can see clearly now how good a decision we made back then. Even though the people voted in favor of Carpathian autonomy within Ukraine at the time of the regime change, we are moving further and further away from that. As Ruthenians, our very existence is being questioned by the Kyiv authorities, and now they have declared war on the Hungarians, who are also indigenous. In contrast, I have never suffered any disadvantage in Hungary because of my Ruthenian origin, on the contrary. However, I fear that the Ruthenian identity is slowly being assimilated into the majority nationality.

 

But how have you managed to conquer the US art market? – I ask, steering the conversation in a lighter direction, and he tells me that he was invited to the 2012 Art Expo in New York through one of his Manhattan-based patrons, Imre Pákh (a fellow Transcarpathian), where there was a great interest in his art, even as a relatively obscure artist. The debut was so successful that he has been spending more and more time in the US, going to exhibitions, traveling, collecting visual experiences, and recording them in his sketchbook to paint them upon returning home.

- In America, the intelligentsia knows two Transcarpathian painters: the Ruthenian Andy Warhol and the Hungarian Mihály Munkácsy. It is an eerie feeling when I see my own canvas hung between a Warhol and a Munkácsy. There's a discerning middle class there who have no problem paying for art, are open to it, and dare to buy based on their own value judgment. Much more so than, for example, the Swiss, who also have money, but if an artist has not been Swiss for at least ten generations, they will not purchase anything from them despite liking their work.

 

From the artist's studio, we step out into the garden. Here a fish pond, a few ornamental trees, and shrubs create an idyllic setting.

"This is where my husband gets ready to work, then he goes inside, turns on the CD player, mostly listening to jazz, often dancing as he paints,” says his wife, who has so far remained modestly in the background. The aforementioned sketchbook turns up, with sketches of new artistic experiments. An expressive, imaginative drawing appears, an old man with a furrowed face if you like, a tree trunk if you like. A visual world that is completely new to me.

“A nod to my Transcarpathian roots,” the painter explains, “because although my new home is Hungary, it is impossible to be separated from my native land. One step back, two steps forward, conservatism is thus compatible with innovation and the search for new paths. The two are not contradictory concepts. A child, too, instinctively moves away from their mother and then runs back into her arms. And the moment of return is incredibly joyous for both.”

 

Report by László Bertók

Magyar Nemzet magazine

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Andrew Manaylo: A Journey Through Abstract Art & Legacy
 

Dive deep into the world of Andrew Manaylo, a contemporary artist whose abstract paintings are a testament to his rich legacy and profound understanding of the art world. From his roots in Transcarpathia to his acclaim in the international art scene, discover the passion, emotion, and innovation that define his works. Whether you're an art enthusiast, an interior designer, or someone looking to invest in art, Manaylo's creations are a blend of fine art and visual storytelling, waiting to be explored.

The Artistic Credo of Andrew Manaylo
 

Andrew Manaylo, a name synonymous with contemporary art, has always been a beacon of innovation and passion in the realm of abstract art. His artistic journey, deeply rooted in the teachings of legendary painters, has evolved into a distinctive style that sets him apart in the world of fine art. Every brushstroke, every hue, speaks of his commitment to pushing boundaries and redefining the essence of visual art.

 

Manaylo's paintings are not just a representation of the world as he sees it; they are a manifestation of his innermost emotions, thoughts, and experiences. He believes in looking at the vast knowledge of art through the prism of his personal perception, ensuring that each piece is not just art for sale but a story waiting to be told. This approach has made him a sought-after name in interior design circles, where his works add depth, emotion, and a touch of contemporary elegance to spaces.

 

But what truly defines Manaylo's artistic credo? It's his unwavering belief in the power of abstract art to communicate, to evoke emotions, and to bridge the gap between the artist and the viewer. He views art as a two-way street, where the artist pours his soul onto the canvas, and the viewer completes the story with their interpretation. This interactive nature of his art makes it a valuable asset for those looking to invest in art, ensuring that each piece appreciates in value, both emotionally and financially.

 

Furthermore, Manaylo's commitment to his craft goes beyond just creating art. He is an advocate for the importance of art in our daily lives, emphasizing its role in shaping cultures, influencing thoughts, and enriching our souls. His paintings, a harmonious blend of past teachings and modern perspectives, are a testament to his dedication to the world of art.

 

In conclusion, the artistic credo of Andrew Manaylo is a reflection of his journey, his beliefs, and his undying passion for abstract art. It's a journey that invites us all to explore, interpret, and celebrate the boundless world of art.

From Figurative to Abstract: A Transformation
 

Embarking on a transformative journey, Andrew Manaylo has seamlessly transitioned from figurative representation to the evocative realm of abstract art. This shift is not merely a change in style but a profound evolution in his artistic expression. Driven by a passion for conveying deeper emotions and a richer narrative, Manaylo's abstract creations are a testament to his ability to transcend the confines of traditional art forms.

 

In the world of contemporary art, where the lines between reality and imagination often blur, Manaylo's abstract pieces stand out as masterful interpretations of emotion, atmosphere, and sentiment. They are not just paintings; they are windows into the artist's soul, capturing moments of introspection, joy, turmoil, and serenity. Each piece is a unique exploration of the human experience, resonating with viewers and evoking a myriad of feelings.

 

The transformation from figurative to abstract also signifies Manaylo's commitment to pushing artistic boundaries. While figurative art often relies on recognizable forms and structures, abstract art offers a canvas of limitless possibilities. For Manaylo, this means the freedom to experiment, innovate, and challenge traditional norms. His works, often sought after for interior design projects, add a touch of modern elegance and depth, making spaces come alive with emotion and narrative.

 

Moreover, this shift to abstract art has also opened doors for art enthusiasts and investors alike. Recognizing the value and uniqueness of Manaylo's creations, many see them as not just visual delights but also sound investments in fine art. His pieces, rich in emotion and technique, are a testament to the timeless appeal of abstract art in the ever-evolving world of contemporary art.

 

In essence, Andrew Manaylo's journey from figurative representation to abstract art is a celebration of artistic evolution, passion, and the endless possibilities that come with embracing change. It's a transformation that invites viewers to delve deeper, connect more intimately, and experience art in its purest form.

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The Legacy of the Manaylo Dynasty
 

The Manaylo name is not just a signature on a canvas; it's a symbol of artistic excellence that has spanned generations. Rooted deeply in the annals of art history, the Manaylo Dynasty has contributed significantly to the tapestry of visual art, leaving an indelible mark that resonates with art enthusiasts, collectors, and interior designers alike.

 

Fedor Manaylo, a pioneering figure in the dynasty, was renowned for his iconic landscapes that captured the essence of the environment. His works, characterized by their intricate details and vivid colors, transported viewers to places of serene beauty and natural wonder. His influence extended beyond the canvas, as he played a pivotal role in establishing art societies and nurturing budding artists, ensuring that the legacy of art remained vibrant and dynamic.

 

Fast forward to the present, and Andrew Manaylo continues to uphold this illustrious legacy with his contemporary abstract pieces. While drawing inspiration from the past, Andrew infuses his works with modern techniques and perspectives, creating art that is both timeless and avant-garde. His abstract creations, rich in emotion and narrative, are a testament to his deep understanding of art's transformative power. They invite viewers to embark on a journey of interpretation, emotion, and connection, making each piece a unique experience.

 

Furthermore, the dynasty's influence is not limited to their individual creations. Their commitment to promoting art, fostering artistic communities, and championing the importance of visual art in society has left a lasting impact. Whether it's through art exhibitions, collaborations, or mentorships, the Manaylo name has consistently been at the forefront of art's evolution.

 

In the realm of contemporary art, where trends come and go, the legacy of the Manaylo Dynasty stands tall as a beacon of consistency, innovation, and passion. Their contributions, spanning generations, serve as a reminder of the enduring power of art to inspire, challenge, and captivate. As the world continues to change, the Manaylo legacy remains a steadfast testament to the timeless allure of visual art.

Emotions and Atmosphere: The Power of Abstract Art
 

In the vast realm of art, Andrew Manaylo's creations stand as a testament to the unparalleled power of abstract art to convey deep-seated emotions and craft atmospheric narratives. While many artists use their canvas to depict tangible realities, Andrew ventures beyond the visible, tapping into the intangible world of feelings, memories, and dreams.

 

Each stroke, hue, and texture in his paintings is meticulously chosen, not just for its aesthetic appeal but for its ability to resonate with the viewer's innermost sentiments. This is the essence of abstract art: the freedom to interpret, to see beyond the obvious, and to connect with the art on a deeply personal level. It's not just about appreciating the art for sale but about immersing oneself in its story and ambiance.

 

The drama encapsulated in Andrew's works is palpable. It beckons viewers, inviting them to explore the tumultuous waves of emotion, from the peaks of elation to the depths of introspection. This dramatic essence, combined with the cathartic release it offers, makes his paintings a sought-after choice for interior design projects, adding layers of emotion and atmosphere to any space.

 

Moreover, the profound thought behind each piece is evident. Andrew's paintings challenge viewers to reflect, to question, and to engage in a dialogue with the art. It's a conversation that transcends words, delving into the realm of feelings and interpretations. This interactive nature of his works makes them not just visual masterpieces but also emotional journeys, making them invaluable for those looking to invest in art with depth and meaning.

 

In conclusion, Andrew Manaylo's abstract art is a celebration of the boundless potential of emotions and atmosphere in the world of contemporary art. It's a reminder that art, at its core, is a reflection of the human experience, ever-evolving, ever-inspiring, and endlessly captivating.

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Investing in Art: The Value of Authenticity
 

In today's rapidly evolving art market, discerning collectors and investors are constantly on the lookout for pieces that not only resonate emotionally but also promise tangible value. Andrew Manaylo's paintings stand at this intersection, offering a blend of emotional depth and genuine authenticity, making them invaluable assets in the world of fine art.

 

The allure of investing in art goes beyond mere aesthetics. Authenticity, a trait that is becoming increasingly rare in the contemporary art scene, plays a pivotal role in determining the long-term value of a piece. Andrew's commitment to originality, coupled with his unique artistic vision, ensures that each of his paintings is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. This authenticity is not just about the signature on the canvas but about the story, emotion, and craftsmanship that the piece embodies.

 

For investors, the value of art lies in its potential for appreciation. With the growing recognition of abstract art in global markets and its integration into modern interior design trends, the demand for genuine and original pieces like Manaylo's is on the rise. His works, celebrated for their intricate details, innovative techniques, and emotional depth, are not just art for sale but investments that promise substantial returns.

 

Moreover, the emotional journey that art offers is unparalleled. Authentic pieces, like those crafted by Andrew, allow collectors to connect with the artist's vision, making the investment both a financial and emotional endeavor. This dual value proposition is what sets Manaylo's works apart in the crowded art market.

 

In essence, investing in art is not just about acquiring a piece of visual art; it's about embracing the legacy, passion, and authenticity that come with it. And in this domain, Andrew Manaylo's paintings stand as a beacon, promising both emotional fulfillment and sound financial prospects for discerning collectors and investors.

Interior Design Meets Contemporary Art
 

In the dynamic world of interior design, where aesthetics and ambiance play pivotal roles, contemporary art emerges as a powerful tool to transform spaces. Andrew Manaylo's paintings, with their vibrant colors, intricate patterns, and profound emotions, have become the go-to choice for interior designers seeking to infuse rooms with character and depth.

 

The fusion of interior design and contemporary art is more than just a trend; it's a testament to the evolving tastes and preferences of modern homeowners and space curators. Gone are the days when walls were adorned with generic prints. Today, discerning individuals seek art that tells a story, evokes emotions, and complements the overall design theme. In this context,