The personal retrospective exhibition "Subjective Reality" by Transcarpathian artist, son of the People’s Artist of Ukraine, Fedir Manaylo, Ivan Manaylo (1942 – 2010) was solemnly opened in the Transcarpathian Regional Art Museum in Uzhgorod.
The artist received his professional education first at the Uzhgorod Art School, then at the Kyiv Art Institute. He worked as a teacher (1969 – 1985) and the director of the Uzhgorod Art School (1972 – 1985), artist of the Transcarpathian Arts Fund, was one of the organizers and the head of the "Creative Association of Professional Painters of Transcarpathia", worked as the manager of the International Association "Interart". In 1998, he moved to Hungary, where he continued his public and artistic activities. And now he "has returned" home, though, only in canvases.
Opening the exhibition, the director of the museum Francisk Erfan said that many of those present at the artistic event had personally known Ivan Manaylo: as the initiator of the creation of his father Fedir Manaylo’s memorial house-museum in Uzhgorod, as a teacher. The rector of the Transcarpathian Academy of Arts Ivan Nebesnyk said that he had known the artist since 1982, when he accepted him to the college as a laboratory assistant. "He was a talented teacher of drawing and painting. Knowledgeable, with a good sense of humor. He knew how to explain the topic. He was very elegant, walked like an emperor," – Mr. Nebesnyk added.
The children of Ivan Manaylo – Andriy and Victoria – are also artists. Victoria Manaylo-Prikhodko is the manager of the memorial house-museum of F.F.Manaylo, and Andriy now lives in Hungary. They also presented an art album dedicated to their father, which was released on the initiative of the Rusyn minority of Hungary with the financial assistance of patrons and the Government of Hungary.
This is the most extensive presentation of the artist’s works, which has already aroused a considerable interest among art lovers. The exhibition will be open until January 25th.