Skulpture of Volodymyr Tsisaryk

Bohdan Shumylovych, art historian

Volodymyr Tsisaryk is a young Lviv artist, who has already achieved quite a lot: his works bear some immanent characteristics and are easily recognized, though created in the seemingly ordinary and traditional realistic manner. Monuments, portraits, park compositions, memorial plaques, small plastic pieces – and this is far from a complete genre arsenal of a young sculptor. Being still a student of Lviv State College of decorative and applied arts named after Ivan Trush, Volodymyr introduced critics to his first works. Having received Masters Degree at Lviv National Academy of Arts, he remained there as a lecturer at the department of monumental and decorative sculpture.

The sculptor expresses the entire range of human experiences through the forms of human body and therefore his work can be seen as an example of humane, or, in other words, human perception of reality. His characters are positive, kind and unobtrusively introspective – perhaps as the author himself. Overall, Tsisaryk does not sympathize with visual sketchiness of conceptual art, and like most representatives of Lviv school he is prone to create almost homey and chamberlike sculpture, and it is easy and comfortable to be and live next to it. Many of Tsisaryk’s sculptural images are in fact a kind of self-portraits and one can as easily memorise the main features of these images as the images of famous masters of the past. Volodymyr Tsisaryk’s sculptures have such characteristics as emotional force combined with lyricism, chamberness next to monumentalnism, restraint and internal search on the background of hidden expression, however, the main thing being observation of the world. The motif of human body dominates in his art, and the search for sensuous and formal harmony features strongly. Echoing the classical sculpture, Volodymyr is seeking spirituality in his art images, he turns dead into alive. In each hero/heroine he depicts the psychological state that vividly portrays his character, aim, sense. Such skills become increasingly rare nowadays.

From 2007 to 2009 Volodymyr’s works begin to appear in public places of the city. Sculptures of recent years have distinctively emotive traits, they are characterized by culture and richness of realistic plastic arts. They show that Volodymyr does not avoid philosophical interpretation of the suggested topics. Images of Sacher-Masoch, Ignacio Lukasevich or Pablo Picasso are clearly distinguished by outer restraint, and yet by inner tension, both complexity and human drama can be easily guessed. Tsisaryk can create a living sculpture, he inserts polysemy in his images and, after all, he depicts the thing we most care about – a man himself. In fact, through the plasticity of human body he builds up the gallery of human emotions, he appeals to the world of genuine feelings and emotions. His sculptures continue developing in time, they encourage thought.

Thus delicacy, refinement, poetic character and plasticity dominate in Volodymyr Tsisaryk’s creative outlook. His sculptures wouldn’t have come into being without these main features. This is the world of the strong male body and the beautiful woman, mysterious and exciting combination of the poetics of both material and spiritual. His imagery makes us look into ourselves, into those next to us, and also to perceive the world and life from the standpoint of aesthetics and purity of human relationships. It seems Volodymyr is on the right track…