Folk Art by Maria Primachenko

We love the fluorescent colors and graphic shapes in the work of Maria Primachenko! Once you get looking at her work, it’s impossible to look away. Primachenko was born in Bolotnya, a small village in Ukraine, in 1908 and started making art as a young girl. She was inspired by a field of flowers growing near a beach, so she drew them and other imaginary flowers into the sand. After that, she started using natural pigments and then later gouche, to make her incredible paintings. Her earlier works use a muted color palette and show more realistic scenes, while her later paintings are more playful and full of color. We’ve picked out a few of our favorites below!

Folk Art by Maria Primachenko
I Give My Little Stars To Children (1983)

Maria Primachenko did not receive a formal art education but relied on her natural talent. Her work is often categorized as naive art because of the simplistic techniques and shapes she used.

Folk Art by Maria Primachenko
Another Beast Has Run Into Flowers (1983)

Primachenko suffered from polio as a child and after her recovery her family said that she became a very kind and thoughtful person, and appreciated plants, animals, and all living things more than ever before.

Folk Art by Maria Primachenko
October Flowers (1968)

Many of her works were inspired by dreams that she then was able to capture on paper.

Folk Art by Maria Primachenko
A Dove Has Spread Her Wings And Asks For Peace (1982)

Folk stories, legends, and fairy tales were big sources of inspiration for Primachenko’s paintings.

Folk Art by Maria Primachenko
The Little Elephant Who Wanted To Be A Sailor (1973)

Many of Primachenko’s compositions often focused on the relationship between good and evil.

Folk Art by Maria Primachenko
Red Snowball Tree Blooms Over A Well (1982)

Another quality of naive art is a lack of depth or perspective, as shown in the painting above.

Folk Art by Maria Primachenko

May I Give This Ukrainian Bread To All People In This Big Wide World (1982)

The title of this painting is a perfect example of Primachenko’s generous nature and love for all living things.

Folk Art by Maria Primachenko
This Beast Went A Catching Sparrows (1983)

Another example of a piece of Primachenko’s work that was inspired by Ukrainian folk stories and fairy tales.

Folk Art by Maria Primachenko
Two Blue Tomties – Two Sisters Walk On The Grass (1982)

Picasso said “I bow down before the artistic miracle of this brilliant Ukrainian” after viewing one of Primachenko’s art exhibitions.

Folk Art by Maria Primachenko
Don’t Feast Your Eye’s On Other People’s Bread (1983)

We love Maria Primachenko’s work and are so inspired to use playful shapes and colors in new, bold ways!

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Learn more about Maria Primachenko here and here

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