Andriy Khomyk was born in 1962 in Lviv, Ukraine, to Lemko parents who, as many others at that time, were forced off their lands and homes in Poland during “Akcja Visla.” He now lives in the United States and has been actively involved with Lemko organizations there. In 2014 he was elected the president of The Lemko Research Foundation.
Khomyk is a graphic artist and an illustrator, but his broader artistic effort is directed at preserving an old art form – reverse glass painting. This technique has been around for centuries, was widely used in medieval sacral art and can be found, for example, in Transylvanian Orthodox icons. Unlike a stained glass painting, a reverse glass painting does not need for the light to go through it (for viewing), but at it, and so it can hang on a wall. It is quite a demanding art form, especially when it comes to realism and correcting mistakes.
Khomyk’s body of works draws not only from the Ukrainian folklore and culture, but also dwells on more abstract themes, distant themes, and modern ones, flawlessly executed in styles that directly support the subject matter. His artworks are vibrant, loaded with atmosphere and color, and – they will surprise you with their boldness, detail and innovation.