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Pastel 24 x 18
Fall asleep (from life) by Vitaly Semenchenko was awarded Outstanding Pastel in the June 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.
Vitaly Semenchenko was born in southern Ukraine. He studied at the Crimean Art College 4 years and graduated with Bachelor of Fine Arts and studied 6 years at the world renowned Russian Imperial Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg, Russia under famous professor Alexander Zaytsev and graduated with Master of Fine Arts.
After graduating, Vitaly continues to paint and draw in a broad range of mediums creating portraits, landscapes, still lifes, murals, drawings of animals, restores old oil paintings, and makes unique paints using old master’s recipes. He also teaches how to draw and paint from life and use different art materials and techniques.
Vitaly actively participates in local, national, and international exhibits. In the US, he started exhibiting his artworks with prominent international artists in the International Images art Gallery in Pittsburgh , PA. In 2015, he was the finalist in the National Juried Show in Oxford, PA and also received a Certificate of Excellence in the 17th Annual International Portrait Competition by Portrait Society of America. His work can be seen in the Art of The Portrait 3rd Quarter 2015 magazine. In 2017, he won First place-best of show in the National Juried Show in Elkton Arts Alliance, MD. He also won the Second Place Award in the Fall 2017 National Oil & Acrylic Painter's Society Online International Exhibit.His artworks were seen at the Delaware College Art and Design 20th anniversary exhibition in April 2018. In June 2018, he won the First Place prize in Drawing Competition at one of the oldest US Art Clubs, The Plastic Club in Philadelphia, PA. Recently, he started participating in Bold Brush online competitions and was selected over a dozen times as part of the Fav 15% and was the finalist in July 2018 and a winner Outstanding Pastel in the June 2019. Until June 2019, his portraits has been seen in Maryland House of Delegates in Annapolis. He also organized life sketches, drawings, and paintings from still life and from live portraits and figure models every week at the Cecil County Art Center in Maryland. His artworks were published in the news on multiple accounts including commissions from different subjects,especially from portraits.
Some of his works include: King of Morocco Hassan II, Judge E. Rollins in Elkton, Judge W. Williams in Elkton, Dr. Najera in Elkton, Dr. Cristabol in New Jersey, Attorney Kemp’s children in Elkton, Attorney White in Elkton, Rev James Fields with his wife, Rev Michael Szupper, Rev David Carrey with his wife, Dr. Uday parents and dozens of wedding portraits and families.