Modern icons

Print version
Jan. 26, 2012, 10 p.m. | Museums — by Mariya Manzhos


Have you ever imagined what Jesus would look like if he were Ukrainian? Religious artist Oleksandr Ohapkin can help you paint the picture.

Taking inspiration from traditional Byzantine iconography but giving it a new twist, Ohapkin creates icons with a distinctive Ukrainian flavor.

Familiar saints appear in gentle pastels and traditional Ukrainian clothing, with backgrounds adorned with flowers. Even the figures appear to have recognizably Slavic features.

Art historians have called Ohapkin’s modern icons “religious poetry in color,” inspiring the mood of reverence and peace.

Tue, Jan. 31 – Feb. 14, art hall of Olga Bogomolec “Cairos,” 22/7 Instytutska St. (enter from Shovkovychna St.), 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., except Sun-Mon, 097-011-7210, free admission.
The Kyiv Post is hosting comments to foster lively public debate through the Disqus system. Criticism is fine, but stick to the issues. Comments that include profanity or personal attacks will be removed from the site. The Kyiv Post will ban flagrant violators. If you think that a comment or commentator should be banned, please flag the offending material.
comments powered by Disqus


© 1995–2015 Public Media

Web links to Kyiv Post material are allowed provided that they contain a URL hyperlink to the material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. Otherwise, all materials contained on this site are protected by copyright law and may not be reproduced without the prior written permission of Public Media at
All information of the Interfax-Ukraine news agency placed on this web site is designed for internal use only. Its reproduction or distribution in any form is prohibited without a written permission of Interfax-Ukraine.