Bolhar Marharyta

Bolhar Marharyta

Marharyta was born and lives in Velyki Kopani village, Kherson oblast. Her mother was a housewife and devoted a lot of time to Marharyta’s and her sister’s upbringing: she read and sewed a lot. The father was a decorator, he painted pictures at home and presented them to friends, he was also into photography and involved his daughters in this craft.

She studied at the Beryslav Pedagogical Vocational College to become an elementary school teacher, although she earlier planed to be a pianist. According to Marharyta, she has not yet got used to be a villager, although she “has put down roots in black earth.” Despite her place of residence, Marharyta does not do “rural work” — she has never had any cattle, and has been practicing vegetarianism for over a decade.

She has come to art “through moral and physical exhaustion: the piano broke, I lost interest in sewing and was frustrated with life itself.” When the artist turned 33, she locked herself in the studio and painted for three weeks in a row. “It was the beginning of a strange recluse existence where the desire to paint was absolute. My husband and two mothers, let alone others, thought I’d gone crazy. They struggled with my passion for a long time…”