Volunteer's Touch. Yuliia Ustymenko. Oil painting on canvas
Exhibited print on paper 40x50cm.
Price (without frame): : 40€
Have you ever heard of Kintsugi? It's a captivating Japanese technique that delicately restores broken pottery using lacquer mixed with gold powder. In the hands of a skilled master, a fractured object emerges with a new lease of life. Kintsugi celebrates the beauty of scars that shape our identities. For me, this art mirrors the essence of volunteering. It's not just about assisting. It's about showing empathy for others' pain and honoring their resilience. The painting "Volunteer's Touch" is a tribute to Ukrainian volunteer Victoria Gusarova, who has devoted the last ten years to rescuing wild birds. Falcons, hawks, owls, storks, hoopoes... Many avian species with complex injuries and diseases find refuge in her. I am in awe of Victoria's unwavering determination and dedication as she passionately fights for every life. And she prevails! Thanks to her, numerous birds once destined for death now soar freely in the skies again.
Bio: Yuliia Ustymenko, a Ukrainian artist specializing in oil paintings, embraces an exquisite fusion of gold leaf, structural paste, and pigments to infuse her artworks with opulence and luminosity. Her artistic repertoire revolves around animal portraits and colorful abstractions. She deftly weaves strands of philosophy or humor within them, intending to elicit genuine emotions in her audience. The artist lives in Bucha, a small town near the Ukrainian capital, which the whole world has learned about because of the atrocity of the russian army. Her family miraculously survived, but the tragedy left a deep scar. It rendered her unable to paint for over a year. Yet, through volunteering, Yuliia restored her inner equilibrium. Volunteering daily is her source of solace, transforming grief, fear, and anger into gratitude, love, and hope. Now, once again, her canvases come alive with colors, and she believes in the victory of Ukraine.
United Souls. Margarita Stepanova. Acrylic painting on canvas
Exhibited print on paper 50x40cm.
Price (without frame): 40€
The world needs volunteers to have hope for tomorrow. Volunteer work unites us, gives us faith, and makes us human. Today, I have no doubts that volunteer activity in Ukraine has become a solid and indomitable force in the struggle for the life and freedom of our people. Volunteers organize fundraising daily for our defenders' needs. Volunteer centers help with evacuation, housing, medicine, clothes, and food to people affected by shelling, forced to leave their homes due to war, flooding, occupation... They save animals that need help no less than people. A good deed unites souls, has immeasurable power, and has no religious, ethnic, or geographical limitations.
Bio: Margarita Stepanova is an artist from Southern Ukraine, the city of Kherson. Studied at Kherson State University, majoring in Fine Art and Design, and has a bachelor's degree. She has been a full-time artist since 2020, working in the acrylic technique. Margarita is a member of the union UARTIST 83. Her message in the art is: "Time is fleeting! Sometimes I want to say: - a moment, stop! Instancy - you're incredible! But it is impossible to stop time. We can only leave a memory of our feelings from what we saw or heard. And it seems that art can create new memories and history!"