The foundation supports and promotes traditional and contemporary sacred art as a spiritual creative experience, spiritual meditation and prayer, and as a way to help create mutual understanding, respect, and relationships between the religious cultures of our world and secular as well.
A series of exhibitions and studies will be devoted to a more in-depth study of sacred art, with the aim of expanding and deepening its value in the spiritual and intellectual life of man. The foundation is open to cross-cultural sacred heritages in the form of public programs, exhibitions, and related research resources. This project and exhibition is intended to allow a wide audience to approach sacred art in all its richness and complexity.
Artists who contribute to our projects and exhibitions:
Anna Sofia Poloz, Ivanka Demchuk, Khrystyna Yatsniak, Uliana Krekhovets.
Andrei Rublev has become a living continuation of the Gospel of Christ. Living a holy life, the purity and beauty of his spirit are perpetuated in his icons that translate sacred words of scripture into vibrantly colored saints, angels, and Christ himself.
His elongated forms and delicate contours speak of a beauty that transcends the earthly sphere of life and become windows into heaven as they inspire devotion to God. At the very center of all his works breathes a dynamic and infinite love that sits as the living soul of mercy, attentiveness, charity, compassion, and sacrifice.
Sadao Watanabe born in Tokyo in 1913 Japanese artist and printmaker, one of the most prolific and surprising Christian Japanese illustrator of the 20th century, whose exuberant and bizarre fantasy created vast Gospel scenes widely emulated by Japanese style. Shiko Munakata talks about this artist as follows: “The enormousness of the vast and unequaled religious work created from the scholarship and philosophies that Sadao Watanabe grasps in this rare and unique work is more than just stated here.”
Watanabe created his own technique for the stencil printing. His brilliant work combines the perfect composition, delicacy and warmth of a dynamic painting that perfectly expresses the subject matter of a Christian religious story in the world of Japanese art. He created many unique illustrations based on the Gospel of Saint John in the traditional Japanese style of the mingei (folk art) and had good success to realize it as a printmaker.
In 1947, “Rutsu Monogatari” Watanabe won the Japan Folk Art Museum Award. He has since continued to paint and print the scenes of Gospel stories in the stencil prints. In 1971, his 18 prints join the collection of the Vatican Museum of Modern Religion. In his 48 years he received national painting award: 1981 Japan Print Institute Arts Award. Sadao Watanabe passed away in 1996 at the age of 82 years old.
Ukrainian Iconographer, Ivanka Demchuk graduated from the Lviv State College of Decorative and Applied Arts, Department of Art Painting; also graduated from the Lviv National Academy of Arts, with bachelor degree at the Department of Sacred Art, and received the master degree at the Lviv National Academy of Arts, Department of Sacred Art.
Ivanka was inspired by the Slavic icon tradition but has developed her own unique style.