Kliukha Petro

Kliukha Petro

Petro was born in Biszcza village, Biłgoraj County, Lublin Voivodeship (Poland today), in 1937. Kliukha’s family was moved to Kherson oblast in autumn 1944, and later to Vovnychi village, Mlyniv district, Rivne oblast. He worked in Donetsk mines and on newly-ploughed lands of Kazakhstan. He also worked at the military car repair plant and tractor spare parts factory. And later, in 1973, he finished the Rivne Motor Transport Technical College.

Production rationalization ideas and creative approach to work influenced Petro Kliukha’s art which can be conditionally divided into two periods: the first one is connected with the creation of souvenirs made of horns, bronze and resin glass in the 1990s, and the second one – oil painting.

He started painting a lot in 2006 after a serious disease. The canvas and paints became the tools needed to embody the happy and easy life. His paintings began to depict the places of family idyll as a bright memory – Kozlyna, Horyn, Horodok ponds, Crimean and Carpathian landscapes. The painter said that his art was the very desire to show the person’s internal world, cognize its depth and essence. Petro was convinced that color had the meaning in itself and could provoke certain emotions.

The artist passed away in 2017. All his works (about 50 of them) are preserved in the collection of Euro-Art Gallery in Rivne.