Kateryna Bilokur is a Ukrainian artist. Bilokur's work has a much deeper existential dimension through fantastic and beautiful flower paintings, nature. She pursued her artistic activity in the Ukrainian provinces during a period of serious historical and political situation of the 20th century.
«I Want to Be an Artist» is an autobiographical quote and the credo of Kateryna Bilokur. With no primary education, she lived in a primitive environment in a Soviet Ukrainian village. Bilokur has experienced all the horrific events in the history of Ukraine in the last century: Revolution, Holodomor and World War II. Even in painful moments, she only had the passion and dream of becoming an artist, and eventually she made her dream a reality.
Throughout her life, she painted beautiful flowers that bloomed around her house on canvas. Flowers grow around Bilokur's house, just like her whole life. Kateryna wrote about them so in one of her letters. "How can I not draw them when they are so beautiful? Oh my God, I looked around and saw the beautiful and the other was so much better. And they bowed down to me and said, 'Who will hit us when you leave us? Shall I do it?' Then I forget everything in the world and draw flowers again."
Bilokur never learned to paint professionally, and was self-taught artist. She called nature her teacher. In her life, Kateryna painted about a hundred works and Picasso recognized her talent by seeing these paintings.
She became famous for her flower compositions, and painted on one painting for a year. She is know to never pick flowers. She said that A plucked flower is like a lost destiny."
In fact, if you look at her flower paintings, you can see how much she loved and focused on flowers and nature with her delicate and soft touch.
Personally, when I look at her fantastic and beautiful flower paintings, it is difficult to guess that her life was full of war, tragedy and loneliness. What I can guess is that, amidst the difficulties and pains of her life, she lived each day gratefully, feeling a little happiness with nature through painting.
It is clear that she concentrated on each petal and poured her passion, time, and talents to overcome the pain and adversity that approached every minute in the great wave of fate.
And I remember a passage in the Bible where it was said that her attitude and philosophy of life were revealed through her paintings, and if she looked at her paintings, this too shall pass away.
TIHS, TOO, SHALL PASS AWAY."
I pray that the hardships and difficulties that are currently in her hometown will be overcome and restored, and the flowers of hope will bloom like her beautiful paintings.
Today, after seeing the weather forecast that will drop below freezing next week, I hurried out and went to the beach to enjoy the spring weather for a while. The sea before the rain is calm and beautiful. Thanks to our nature, I took a lot of beautiful photos. Nature is a true teacher for the artist.
Myungja Anna Koh