Sculptor Vasily Fedorouk (1950 - 2009)

[Carpathian Mountains, childhood home of sculptor Vasily Fedorouk]

Vasily Fedorouk's art works have been exhibited internationally and are in private collections in the USA, Ukraine, Russia, Yugoslavia, Belgium, Brazil, Norway, Korea, Turkey, and Israel. Several of his sculptures are in the permanent collections of the museums in Ukraine and Russia. In addition, he has many public pieces on display throughout the world.

Born in 1950 in the province of Kobaky of Ivano-Frankivsk, Vasily spent his childhood surrounded by the beauty of the Carpathian Mountains. He entered Kosiv Art College in 1966. Upon finishing his studies, Vasily continued his education specializing in sculpture at the prestigious Lviv Academy of Art from 1972 through 1977. He worked the rest of his life as a professional sculptor. He was a member of the Union of Artists of Ukraine since 1982. As an invited guest to the Seattle 1990 Goodwill Games, Vasily created a stone sculpture for the permanent collection of the City of Seattle. It was shortly after this event that he moved his family to the United States.

Vasily always felt that the basic creativity and performance of the artist depends on the shape and components of the materials for sculpture: bronze, wood, clay and his greatest love - stone.

[granite carving sculptor Vasily Fedorouk]

He was especially recognized for his granite carving skills. Granite is one of the hardest stones to sculpt and Vasily's ability to reveal the work's detail from this material is astounding. The composition pieces usually require detailed handwork and the carving is very difficult and time-consuming.

Vasily's great skill is shown in his exquisite compositions. He confidently transformed his material, connecting realistic and abstract forms and showing off the natural beauty and detail of the stone itself.

Although his works can be found throughout the world and his spiritual and artistic roots were Ukrainian, Vasily Fedorouk had found new energy and inspiration for his art in the United States.