(1910 - 2003)
Denys Ivantsev was born on March 5, 1910 in the village of Deleva, Tlumach district, Stanislaviv region (now Ivano-Frankivsk) in the family of greek-catholic priest. After graduating from Tlumach gymnasia in 1929, he studied in Krakiv academy of Fine Arts, department of Arts (1930-1935) and Warsaw institute for practical studies (1936-1937). He was one of the founders and Head of the Ukrainian group "Zarevo". Being a member of of Lviv Association of Independent Ukrainian Artists(AUIA)in 1935-1939, he frequently participated in the exhibitions organized by AUIA.
In 1938 Denys Ivantsev received his first award for the picture "Baptism of Ukraine".
Among the best works of the early period are the pictures of abstract-philosophical trend such as: "Pramaty", "Hroteska", "Crystalization of Thought" and others ,which laid the basis of statism theory developed by the artist. According to this theory, a surface geometric shape is "able to close all the epochs, all vital and creative processes,whole immence space". He continued developing the statism theory during the next periods of his life.
The artist began painting landscapes at the end of 30th -the beginning of 40th. "Zyma v Tatrakh" ("Winter in Tatry"), "Zymovyi Peizazh"("Winter Landscape"), "Mist"("The Bridge"), "Vulyky"("The Beehives"), "Rybalky na Dnistry" ("Fishermen on the River Dniester")and others are among the best his landscapes.
D.Ivantsev had been working as a methodologist at Stanislav Regional House of People's activity since 1941 untill the beginning of World War II. He was one of the organizers of the First Stanislav Regional Exhibition of Fine Arts.
The second World War made Denys Ivantsev and his family move to the village of Deleva where his parents lived. He worked as a teacher of the local school untill 1970 and combined teaching and painting, kept on developing statism theory. The artist went on creating paintings of abstract-philosophical orientation. These works are represented by the pictures: "Liudyna-mashyna" ("Man-Machine"),"Istyna-Neskinchennist" ("Eternal-Truth"), "Kruhobih Rechovyn v Pryrodi" ("Circulation of Substances in Nature") and others.
The components of pictures surface in these works liken to the encoded pattern which forms, rythm and colour symbolically reproduce inner appropriateness of their structure and means of their functioning, without the immitation of the perculiarities of the material idea. The imagination is delibarately distributed into separate elements which are united later on and crystalized for the image realization by the artistic means. New reality is created.
The idea of the work becomes transparent,understandable in all its components and is philosophically realized as "alive-dead", "goodness-harm", "movement-statics". The innovational artist's search caused untraditional assimetric configuration in many works. The development of abstract-philosophical trend by D.Ivantsev belongs to the most important his achievements.
The monumental heritage of Denys Ivantsev, whish is not spoken much,is rich in interesting examples of oil-wallpainting of Ukrainian churches in Halychyna (Church in Deleva; Koropets and Stinka churches in Ternopil region; Voroblyanych and Nemyriv Churches in Lviv region and Ivano-Frankivsk churches).
Since 1970 Denys Ivantsev lives in Ivano-Frankivk. He is the author of a few hundreds of highly-artistic works where he depicts the beauty of the native land, Ukrainian history. Artist's personal exhibitions were organized in Krakiv, Vienna, Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk.
Some of his works can be found in Ivano-Frankivsk
Art museum, Lviv National Museum.
In 1992 the International Biographical Center (Cambridge, England) nominated Denys Ivantsev to be a Person of the Year for his great contribution to the development of world culture.
In March 2000 a personal exhibition devoted to the
artist's 90 birthday anniversary was held in Ivano-Frankivsk Art museum.
"Art is life. It is truth and goodness.I am devoted heart and soul to this ideal. I prayed and worked. It is very simple and very difficult. My dreams came true. I am happy now to live in the sovereign independent Ukraine"-these are the words from his autobiography.