Oksana Teodorowycz retrospective at Ukrainian National Museum


Oksana Teodorowycz stands in front of one her favorite works, "Lepitoptera," and oil on canvas


An enamel mounted on wood depicting ferns

A retrospective of Oksana Teodorowycz's work, that began in 1950s, is on display at the Ukrainian National Museum, 2249 W. Superior, thorough Nov. 29. 

Born in Sambir, Ukraine, Teodorowycz began her formal education in Germany and came to the United States in 1949. She attended Tuley High School (currently Jose de Diego Elementary in Wicker Park), graduating in 1952. "It was a wonderful school," she said. "The people were so nice and the girls were so nice. 

"After school I worked in many different jobs. When going to the School of Art institute of Chicago (SAIC), I had three jobs at the same time." 


Virgin of the Affectionate, colored pencil

She obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts from SAIC and the University of Chicago in 1963. While in school, one of her oil paintings was accepted by the jury for a “Ukrainian Art Exhibit” held at McGregor Memorial Community Arts Center, Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. 


Don Quixote and Sancho Panza shown in enamel on oxidized copper

It was during college that she did her first enamel. "Others were doing ashtrays and things, but I took it further," she explained as we looked at her Don Quixote piece. 

"Enameling was very hard work and dangerous for your health. This is copper and powdered glass that you fire on a very high temperature." 


This Cubist style piece is a pencil drawing



Over time, her enamel work was exhibited in Chicago, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Cleveland. One of her enamels of the “Virgin and Child,” was presented to His Beatitude the Patriarch and Cardinal Josyf Slipyj. It hangs in the permanent collection of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Rome. 




Her artwork was what she has done for pleasure as she supported herself doing various jobs. "I worked on mosaics, paintings all sorts of things." 

Now retired, surrounded by pieces created with various techniques, this 83 years-young artist has more time for her art and has decided to have another show in two years.


Added to the rest of her work, this pen and ink shows the breadth and depth of her talent



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