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Artistic passions of Nick Falafivka Roksolana Bakovych

Stereotype-free thinking and great elegance of form... The creations of this artist are complex and powerful, for he sees art as a universe, the infinity and above all - perpetual search. For Nick Falafivka pictures are like the time machine: the old ones bring back the Past, while the unfinished ones provide a glimpse of the Future.

Suprematism passions

A star - spark from the cigarette - falls on the canvas. And now around this reference centre surges a dynamic circle of waves, which gradually takes the form of a woman speaking on the telephone (“Conversation”).

Romantic passions

A woman is like a string touched by the fingers of God, a candle that flickers burning darkness with Faith and Hope, but above all with Love. Nick has a world of his own, both micro- and macro-, where in the keyhole of some magic door he peeps on translucid fairies in a halo of hair and willow branches. These are the images of absolute goodness which come from the labyrinths of imagination and old mother’s tales. (“Girl in a keyhole”). The artist has a unique understanding of women and each time he tries to create a new Eve: woman-fairy, woman-Madonna, woman-flame or even a woman who is waves and a seashell at the same time (“Running on the waves”). “I do not know whether I’m a believer not, but the woman to me is a living proof of the existence of God.”

Philosophic passions

The artist seeks to reincarnate in the Son of God in order to feel the burden of human sins on his shoulders (polyptych “The Passion of Christ”) or look in the heart of nature to compare, for example, the human fate to the fate of a tree (diptych “Trees”).

Passions of humor

A romantic and thinker Nick is also a humorist and wit who takes a gentle and light-hearted look at his characters. Even when judging them, he does it with a good-natured smile. “Casanova” is a portrait of a demon lover, whose colorful face is depicted on a playing card: a pierced heart the size of a torso is reflected by a small fig leaf - so much for all the intrigues and love affairs.

Biographical passions

Nick Falafivka was born in Bukovyna, West Ukraine, in 1964. He graduated from Vyzhnytsia College of Applied Arts (1984) and Ivan Fedorov Ukrainian Institute of Printing (1992). The artist has exhibited his work in Ukraine and abroad (Great Britain, Poland, France). His paintings can be found in galleries and numerous private collections in Poland, France, Hungary, Germany, Switzerland, Canada and USA . Nick Falafivka lives and works in Lviv.

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Dedicated to good mood Natalia Kosmolinska

Today only a naive person thinks that an artist is someone who can draw a street in the perspective or paint a faithful portrait... The invention of photography has made it unnecessary for the artist to produce accurate copies of reality. Instead, he/she still has emotions, imagination, ideas and dreams ... Therefore, a modern artist is someone who is sensitive to “vibrations” of the world and can capture the mood of the moment, feel the uniqueness of the texture and tell us, ‘Look, here it is, a new perspective of the eternal form!’ What sign comes before this message, a plus or a minus, depends on whether the artist is an optimist or a pessimist. Nick Falafivka, an artist from Lviv, has a sunny personality. He is fond of the world he lives in. What Nick paints is the ‘cream’ of classical aesthetics: seductive women, old architecture, delicate flowers and juicy fruits... However, the professional knowledge of all the plastic achievements of XX-century art, good taste and a sense of humor prevent him from degrading to banality. The subject of painting is not as important for the artist as the mood: mostly playful and ironic, sometimes melancholic and romantic, or soft and lazy as the sun on a summer evening. Nick is a virtuoso drawing artist. He has a flawless sense of line and his composition is invariably perfect. He avoids redundancy in his work and does not abuse detail, turning the individual charm of each of his models into a ‘logo’. They would be dull and dry but for the unique watercolor and moonlight glitter. His fine nuances balance the laconic and categorical silhouette, leaving room for sensuality of form. Although Nick Falafivka is renowned primarily as the author of exquisite and fancy nude paintings, he is an extremely versatile artist who is bored to work within one “format”. So as not to lose skills acquired as a result of thorough academic training, Nick occasionally paints realistic portraits and can even make a parody by dressing friends in the costumes of famous characters. Moreover, the artist has repeatedly resorted to biblical themes. At the moment he is largely involved in print design and advertising as well as photography. That is, Nick is interested in everything that is exciting and attractive in today’s world: spiritual journeys and beautiful textures, timeless classical values and new technological innovations. Actually, it’s this drive and enjoyment of life that are radiated by Nick’s paintings and make him popular both in Ukraine and abroad.

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Tree

Oil on canvas 60x80 cm

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Planet of love

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Oil on canvas 60x90 cm


Rainbow Oil on canvas 80x120 cm

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Full moon, or 9 1/2

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Oil on canvas 50x80 cm


Under the shower Oil on canvas 60x80 cm

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Green melody

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Oil on canvas 60x80 cm


Green melody Oil on canvas 60x80 cm

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Meeting the morning

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Oil on canvas 80x120 cm


Girl in a keyhole Oil on canvas 60x80 cm

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From red...

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Oil on canvas 40x60 cm


...to yellow Oil on canvas 40x60 cm

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Corner to corner smile

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Oil on canvas 42x70 cm


Diagonal balance Oil on canvas 42x70 cm

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Laziness

Oil on canvas 60x80 cm

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Sitting on the window sill Oil on canvas 60x80 cm

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Two redheads

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Oil on canvas 35x50 cm


Pussy girl

Oil on canvas 40x60 cm

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It is hot

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Oil on canvas 40x60 cm


On the beach Oil on canvas 40x60 cm

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All seasons. Spring & Summer

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Oil on cardboard 22x55 cm


All seasons. Autumn & Winter Oil on cardboard 22x55 cm

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Flower bath Oil on canvas 60x80 cm

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Flower girl

Oil on cardboard 50x60 cm


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Pool

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Oil on canvas 50x100 cm


Martini and cigarette Oil on canvas 50x100 cm

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White sails

Oil on canvas 35x50 cm

Red sails

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Oil on canvas 60x80 cm


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Girl with a fish

Oil on canvas 60x80 cm

Girl with a snail

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Oil on canvas 60x60 cm


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Enigma

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Oil on canvas 35x50 cm


Pedicure Oil on canvas 60x80 cm

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Modest

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Oil on canvas 36x64 cm


Cold sheets Oil on canvas 60x80 cm

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Sweet slumber

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Oil on canvas 40x50 cm


The one who creates darkness Oil on canvas 60x80 cm

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Love triangle Oil on canvas 70x100 cm

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Three faces Oil on canvas 35x50 cm

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Self-reflection Oil on cardboard 40x40 cm

Forbidden reading Oil on canvas 62x68 cm

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The pilgrims of the universe

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Oil on canvas 50x60 cm


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The one who creates twilight

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Oil on canvas 50x80 cm


Evening in brown Oil on canvas 50x80 cm

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Lady in hat

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Oil on cardboard 42x88 cm


Flamenco Oil on canvas 35x85 cm

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Crying girl

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Oil on cardboard 21x60 cm


Fizgig

Oil on cardboard 21x60 cm

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The sky-blue picture

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Oil on canvas 80x120 cm


Walking dogs

Oil on canvas 50x120 cm

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On the balcony Oil on cardboard 50x60 cm

Two girls with a glass of wine Oil on cardboard 60x80 cm

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Mermaid

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Oil on canvas 50x120 cm


Bath

Oil on canvas 35x80 cm

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Alpha symbols Oil on canvas 100x100 cm

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Anxious

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Oil on cardboard 30x40 cm


From red to green

Oil on cardboard 40x60 cm

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Twilight dance

Oil on canvas 60x80 cm

Tango

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Oil on canvas 100x100 cm


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The nun

Oil on canvas 40x80 cm

A house in the moonligt

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Oil on canvas 60x80 cm


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Martini with cherries

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Oil on canvas 50x60 cm


Glass of wine Oil on canvas 50x60 cm

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Apple season

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Oil on cardboard 42x88 cm


Surrealistic dream Oil on cardboard 42x88 cm

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Faith, hope and love

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Oil on canvas 60x90 cm


Conversation Oil on canvas 66x99 cm

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Spring dripping

Pastel on paper 100x100 cm

Running on the waves

Pastel on paper 60x80 cm

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Casanova Oil on canvas 42x82 cm

Suprematic Madonna Oil on canvas 60x80 cm

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Cats with a water can Oil on canvas 35x50 cm

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Cat on radiator Oil on canvas 67x100 cm

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Fish

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Oil on canvas 50x60 cm


Birds

Oil on canvas 50x60 cm

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Dry tree

Oil on canvas 40x50 cm

Cut tree

Oil on canvas 40x50 cm

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Escape to Egypt

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Oil on canvas 66x99 cm


Mary with a child in her arms Oil on canvas 33x66 cm

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Centurion

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Oil on canvas 33x66 cm


Golgotha Oil on canvas 66x99 cm

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The road home

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Oil on canvas 40x60 cm


The road home Oil on canvas 40x60 cm

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The road home

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Oil on canvas 40x60 cm


Up the mountain Oil on canvas 40x60 cm

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Steep paths of the Carpathians

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Oil on canvas 35x70 cm


Nature’s geometry Oil on canvas 35x55 cm

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Village stream

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Oil on canvas 35x50 cm


Countryside in summer before rain Oil on canvas 30x40 cm

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Winter watercolour

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Watercolour on paper 30x42 cm

View from my window in winter Oil on canvas 50x60 cm


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Countryside in winter Oil on canvas 40x60 cm

Winter forest

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Oil on canvas 50x70 cm


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Snow in the street Oil on canvas 35x45 cm

My goldishsilvery city

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Oil on canvas 50x60 cm


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Cathedral Oil on canvas 40x60 cm


City at night Oil on canvas 40x60 cm

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Basket of pears Oil on canvas 35x50 cm


Pears ears on a tray Oil on cardboard 35x50 cm

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Flowers and fruit Oil on cardboard 30x40 cm

Flowers in a blue vase Oil on cardboard 35x45 cm

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Autumn flowers Oil on canvas 40x50 cm

Field flowers Oil on canvas 40x50 cm


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Wild poppies Oil on canvas 50x70 cm

Magic flowers Oil on canvas 35x45 cm

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List of paintings

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Tree Planet of love Rainbow Full moon, or 9 1/2 Under the shower Green melody Green melody Meeting the morning Girl in a keyhole From red... ...to yellow Corner to corner smile Diagonal balance Laziness Sitting on the window sill Two redheads Pussy girl It is hot On the beach All seasons. Spring & Summer All seasons. Autumn & Winter Flower bath Flower girl Pool Martini and cigarette White sails Red sails

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Girl with a fish Girl with a snail Enigma Pedicure Modest Cold sheets Sweet slumber The one who creates darkness Love triangle Three faces Self-reflection Forbidden reading The pilgrims of the universe The pilgrims of the universe The one who creates twilight Evening in brown Lady in hat Flamenco Crying girl Fizgig The sky-blue picture Walking dogs On the balcony Two girls with a glass of wine Mermaid Bath Alpha symbols


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Alpha symbols Anxious From red to green Twilight dance Tango The nun A house in the moonligt Martini with cherries Glass of wine Apple season Surrealistic dream Faith, hope and love Conversation Spring dripping Running on the waves Casanova Suprematic Madonna Cats with a water can Cat on radiator Fish Birds Dry tree Cut tree Escape to Egypt Mary with a child in her arms Centurion Golgotha

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The road home The road home The road home Up the mountain Steep paths of the Carpathians Nature’s geometry Village stream Countryside in summer before rain Winter watercolour View from my window in winter Countryside in winter Winter forest Snow in the street My goldish-silvery city Cathedral City at night Basket of pears Pears ears on a tray Flowers and fruit Flowers in a blue vase Autumn flowers Field flowers Wild poppies Magic flowers Self parquet


Self parquet Oil on canvas 40x60 cm

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