Jacques Hnizdovsky

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Jacques Hnizdovsky was self-taught in the art of printmaking, yet would come to be known as one of the world's most noted printmakers and its most noted woodcut artist. (http://www.hnizdovsky.com/)



Jacques Hnizdovsky was born on Jan. 27, 1915 in the village of Pylypcze in Borshchiv, Ukraine. His family’s noble lineage goes back many centuries.... The youngest of 7 children, Jacques was the only one in his family able to emigrate to the West. In 1938 he enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, but the German invasion of Poland forced him to flee Warsaw and finish his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. After graduation, he spent many years at a displaced persons camp in Wayern, Germany. In 1949, he was finally able to emigrate to the US, settling in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Hnizdovsky was a prolific artist and created hundreds of paintings, numerous watercolors and pen and ink drawings, as well as over 375 prints after his arrival in the United States in 1949. Shortly after his arrival, A. Hyatt Mayor of the Metropolitan Museum of Art chose one of his woodcuts for a Purchase Award at the 1950 Minneapolis Institute of Art print exhibition. From that moment on, Hnizdovsky was determined to make his livelihood as a self-employed artist and moved to New York City. The 1950s were difficult years (the Years of Search), but the 1960s finally bought success and global recognition to the artist. In 1962, Hnizdovsky was awarded the First Prize at the Boston Printmakers annual exhibition for his print “The Sheep”.

Hnizdovsky's work can be best described as stylized realism and draws inspiration from Dürer, Ukiyo-e and Chinese painting. He was best known for his prints, but he created many more paintings than prints, painting during the day and carving his wood and linoleum blocks in the evenings. Weekends were reserved for printing.

Hnizdovsky was invited to participate in the Contemporary U.S. Graphic Arts exhibition which..." http://www.hnizdovsky.com/
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