Valeriy Shmatko was born in 1965 in Kharikiv, Ukraine and is still living there today. He studied at the Kharkiv Art Institute graduating in 1988 with a dual degree in painting and painting restoration. Shmatko has been exhibiting his work since 1991. His works have been exhibited in the Kharkiv Art Museum and the Donetsk Art Museum in addition to private galleries in Kharkiv, Kiev and New York.
Valeriy Shmatko describes his art as ‘realistic painting’. He delights in the beauty of nature, which inspires him to paint the landscapes of his native Ukraine. His attentive observations of nature help him to create a ‘real’ or accurate picture of this world. It is important to Shmatko that the viewer easily understand his art.
Light inspires him to choose a subject and create a composition where form, space, tone and color are in total harmony. Many years of painting on location has taught Shmatko the mastery of color. The infinite shades and tones of his palette are layered in a sophisticated, yet subtle manner. He paints studies on location and then creates larger canvases in his studio. He especially loves to paint the Black Seashore in Crimea.