Artist Mykhailo Boichuk, b. October 30, 1882, executed by Soviets July 13, 1937. From the series "Introducing Artists from The Ukrainian Museum's Fine Art Collection"
Influential Ukrainian modernist painter, graphic artist, and teacher born in Romanivka, Ternopil County, Western Ukraine, then under Austro-Hungerian rule; died in Kyiv. Studied at Yuliian Pankevych's art studio in Lviv (1898), a private art school in Vienna (1899), the Kraków Academy of Arts (1899–1905), and the Académie Ranson in Paris (1907–1910). Exhibited in Lviv (1905), Munich (1907) and Paris (1909–1910). In 1909 founded his own studio-school and attracted a number of talented students, including his future wife Sofia Nalepinska with whom also traveled to Italy. Worked as a monumentalist and restorer for the National Museum in Lviv. After the Revolution of 1917, lived in Kyiv where he became a founding professor of the Ukrainian State Academy of Arts and taught monumental art. One of the founders of the Association of Revolutionary Art of Ukraine (ARMU, 1925), he formed a school of monumental painting and in collaboration with his students created ensembles for various venues. Arrested by the NKVD in November 1936 and executed the following year. A number of his students, including his wife, shared the same fate. Most of his artworks were destroyed.
Boichuk's "Shevchenko Day" poster was exhibited at The Ukrainian Museum in the 2013 exhibition "Propaganda and Slogans: The Political Poster in Soviet Ukraine, 1919–1921," guest curator Myroslav Shkandrij, professor of Slavic Studies at the University of Manitoba.
It was shown more recently in the major 2019 exhibition "Full Circle: Ukraine's Struggle for Independence 100 Years Ago, 1917–1921," curated by Dr. Yurii Savchuk, Senior Researcher, Institute of History, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in Kyiv.