Kozyuk Gallery

An exploration of color, texture, and depth
Address: 
2710 W SR 89A

Khrystyna was born in the small town of Chortkiv in Ukraine, close to the mountains where her family spent many happy summers. Her early memories flooded with the beauty of nature, surrounded by rivers, lakes, mountains, caves, old towns, castles, and the rich historical and cultural past of her native country.

When she was small, her mother observed that she always loved to stare at the colorful threads at the local market and had a passion for bright colors, especially lime-green, which was a magnet for her.

Khrystyna’s grandfather taught her how to draw horses, and she would sit on his lap while he would draw. He had been so gifted as a child, that he had drawn portraits and exchanged them for home goods in his village at age 10. This talent clearly carried through the generations. As a child, Khrystyna’s talent was also so strongly evident that her mother let her paint murals on the family’s kitchen walls. As a teacher, she knew this would cultivate young Khrystyna’s talent, and the kitchen murals were her proud spot for years. Khrystyna Kozyuk – by 5th grade, at age eleven, Khrystyna’s “Birds” series began selling successfully to tourists in her city. Volodumur Krynuckuj, a local teacher, took notice, and urged her to enroll in several art competitions, where she won multiple prizes, including 1st Place in an international children’s competition in Poland. The prize was a vacation for one week in Krakow and attendance at a variety of advanced art workshops. It was there that Khrystyna had a chance to visit Wawel Royal Castle, and the huge canvases of Jan Matejko, which made the final impact on her decision to attend art school. Khrystyna entered and thrived at National Wood Technology University in Lviv for Interior Design, where she took Classical European academic drawing classes. During her studies, she relished living in Lviv, the art capital of western Ukraine, and adored its architecture, museums, and art school environment.

Upon graduating from University, Khrystyna moved to the United States in 2005. Like many immigrants, she started from nothing, without formal English training, and no family nearby for support. During these early years in the U.S., she stopped painting in order to sacrifice and survive. She earned a living cleaning offices and studied English at a community college in order to save money for art supplies while learning to adapt to her new homeland. In time, however, her hard work paid off, and Khrystyna soon began studying Interior Design at Triton College. Khrystyna has chosen to devote her life to art as service. Whether through painting, art therapy, or creating and transforming cold, lifeless environments with mixed techniques and materials, her art is intended to be recreational therapy to heal the stressed human condition. Her creativity knows no boundaries, and often keeps her awake at night because she is so inspired with ideas to share. Whether through paintings or interior design, Khrystyna’s lifelong talents and gifts continue to delight audiences and make the world a more cheerful and beautiful place to live in.

 

Solo Exhibitions

  • Khrystyna Kozyuk Solo Exhibition: Ukrainian Cultural Center, curated by UNWLA, Branch 137, Whippany NJ 2019
  • DuPage Solo Exhibition: Art League Gallery, Wheaton IL 2018
  • Meet The Artist Khrystyna Kozyuk: curated by Lucy Raymond, Aloft Bolingbrook IL 2016
  • North Shore The Summer Sail: Art League, curated by North Share Art League, Winnetka IL 2016
  • Woodstock Spring Solo Exhibition: Opera House, Woodstock IL 2016
  • A Colorful Kaleidiscope of Cultures: Ukrainian National Museum, curated by Maria Klimchak, Chicago IL 2016
  • The Millennium Fine Art Gallery: Sailing Through Color with Freedom, curator Dr.Yolanda Ayubi, Chicago IL 2014
  • Cobbler Square exhibit: curator Solomia Payuk, Chicago IL 2014
  • Forte Frames and Gallery: Force & Power of Color curator Jude W Mire, Chicago IL 2013

 

Selected Exhibitions

  • International Contemporary Art, fair "Luxembourg Art Fair 2020''
  • VAN GOGH Art Gallery “Collective Art Show”, Madrid, Spain 2020
  • Artexpo: New York, New York 2019
  • SOFA: Navi Pier, Chcago IL 2019
  • One of a Kind Show: Merchandise Mart, IL 2019
  • Painting exhibition "Summer Souvenirs": curated by Ukrainian National Museum, Chicago IL 2018
  • Spectrum Miami Art Show: Midtown Miami, FL 2018
  • Art for Heart: Polish Museum of America, Chicago IL 2018
  • Connections: Mayslake Peobody Estate, curated by Chicago Women’s Causus of Art, connected artist Tara McCallam, Oak Brook IL 2018
  • Art Event at The Starline: curated by Nancy Merkling, The Starline Gallery Harvard IL 2017
  • Wells Street Art Festival: curated by Old Town Merchants and Residents Association, Old Town Chicago IL 2017
  • Monsoon: curated The Naperville Art League Schoenherr Gallery, North Central College IL 2016
  • Best of Best: curated by Alliance of Fine Art, DuPage Art League, Wheaton IL 2016
  • Exhibition of Greater Geneva Art Guild, curated by City of Geneva and GGAG, Geneva IL 2016
  • Prairie Plein Air Competition and Show: curated by Roxane Benvenuti, Schaumburg IL 2016
  • The 4th Friday: curated by Nancy Merkling, The Starline Gallery Harvard IL 2015
  • Landscape: Gallery 338, Villa Park IL 2015
  • Missing Piece: Naperville Art League Fine Art Center and Gallery, Naperville IL 2015
  • Autumn Art Exhibition: curated by Kasia Szczesniewski, Korean Cultural Center Wheeling IL 2015
  • Woodstock Plein Air Show: Old Court House Art Center, Woodstock IL 2015
  • 79th Annual Fine Art Exhibition: Polish Museum of America, Chicago IL 2015
  • Eden: Burning Bush Art Gallery, Wheaton IL 2015
  • Millennium Art Festival: curated by Amdur Productions, Chicago IL 2014
  • Summer on Southport: curated by Amdur Productions, Chicago IL 2014
  • Downtown Downers Grove Art Festival: curated by Amdur Productions, Downers Grove IL 2014
  • Beyond Chicago: curated by Local Art Stars, Byway Hammond Indiana 2014
  • Traces of Life Festival: Arterie Fine Arts, Naperville IL 2014
  • 9th Annual Emerging Artist Exhibit: Morpho Gallery, Chicago IL 2014
  • Art for Heart: Polish Museum of America, Chicago IL 2013 & 2014

 

Collections

  • Museum of Contemporary Ukrainian Art of the Corsicans, St. Karbysheva 1, Lutsk, Volyn Oblast, Ukrain 43023 (collection of 5 paintings)
  • Art Museum in Lutsk (department of the Volyn Museum of Local Lore), St. Chopin 20, Lutsk, Volyn Oblast, Ukraine 43000 (collection of 3 paintings)
  • National Museum of Hatsulshchyna and Pokuttya Folk Arts “Випадковий Промінь”, Kolomyia, Ukraine, 2020
  • Museum of Books and Printing of Ukraine, St. Lavrska 9, Kyiv, Ukraine 01015
  • Vinnytsia Regional Museum of Local Lore, St. Soborna 19, Vinnytsia, Vinnytsia Region, Ukraine 21000
  • Polish Museum of America, 984 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL, US 60642
  • Ukrainian National Museum, 2249 W Superior St, Chicago, IL, US 60612
  • Indiewalls Inc., 36th Street, New York, NY, 2019
  • Interim H R Consulting, 29 East Madison, Chicago, IL
  • Chateau d’Orquevaux, France
  • River Inn, 56 original painitings, Seaside, Oregon