Nazar Symotiuk / Photo from his personal archive
Nazar Symotiuk was born on February 13, 1992, in the village of Buchachky, Sniatyn district, Ivano-Frankivsk region.
He received his education at the Kolomyia Pedagogical Professional College named after V. Stefanyk (2009–2012) and at the Lviv National Academy of Arts, Art Wood department (2012–2018), where he later studied and taught in postgraduate studies.
He works as a sculptor and painter. His works are kept in private collections in the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Japan, Italy, France, Brazil, and Taiwan. Participant of many exhibitions.
He prefers to work with wood and color and likes to combine various combinations and structures, using the geometry of simple forms and a clearly constructed mathematical structure. Precision and aesthetic perfection are an essential aspect of his work. He can call himself a bit of a pedant when it comes to organizing the creative process.
It’s worth mentioning two geometric compositions made of ordinary matches and glued to thick cardboard together with the sulfur. It was a kind of abstract wooden assemblage. I recall a funny comment from my younger brother, who had the idea of burning the works after they were created, making a mini-performance like that.
First of all, to be myself and actively create, I have no specific goal to achieve global recognition or intergalactic success. Consistent life steps form ambitions on a subconscious level.
There are no obstacles.
Most of not only my day but my whole life is spontaneous, despite all the deliberation. Every morning is like a new birth, and every day, you break into this dynamic world as if for the first time, experiencing all the challenges in a new way.
I can single out Mark Rothko, Gerhard Richter, Claude Monet, and Paul Cézanne.
I am inspired directly by the creative process I am in. The end result is not so important.
I don’t know if there is such a thing as a muse. It’s something very strange. Working with material is an extremely powerful force that constantly pushes you forward.
How do you react when you face obstacles to success or the threat of failure?
On a subconscious level, I am sure that any obstacle is not really an obstacle but a sign that wants to convey some information to you that you have to decipher.
I usually behave extremely reserved when faced with a superior mind or talent. I like to listen to intelligent people.
It’s instant improvisation.
My biggest dream is to leave a lasting mark on the world.
It’s hard to single out something specific because changes are happening all the time, but at the same time, in a global sense, they are not noticeable at all.
I would like to see more high-quality art and an interested attitude of the masses towards it.
Ivano-Frankivsk lacks a powerful museum of modern art. Changes are definitely happening, but there is still room for development.
Hryhoriy Mnohogrishnyi is a symbol of the long-suffering Ukrainian people, strong in spirit and will. And this example of invincibility is demonstrated today by each of our soldiers, making tremendous efforts against the eternal enemy. And in order for victory to be ours, we must all do our best, no matter where we are.
It is possible to forgive the enemy. Our Christian faith calls for this. The very act of forgiveness, if it can be called that, is a completely different level of control over one’s own body, mind, and emotions. That is, to forgive, you need to make certain efforts, which, in turn, makes you even stronger.
Listen to others, but think with your own head and draw your own conclusion.
If you do something sincerely and efficiently, the result will come sooner or later