Anatoliy Kryvolap is an artist, born in 1946 in Yahotyn, Kyiv region.
He spent most of his life in Kyiv, but in 2000 he returned to his native place, settling in the village of Zasupoivka, Yahotyn district, and setting up a workshop there.
Krivolap received a classical professional education, graduating from the State Art Institute in Kyiv, but paved the way in art through his own idea of color and shades. After graduating from the institute, for 15 years he led a private life, looking for himself in art and not wanting to work in the only accepted Soviet style of socialist realism. During these years he was supported as an artist by the Polish physician Ryszard Wrublewski, with whom the artist met in 1978 and who became not only the owner of the largest collection of works by Krivolap, but also his close friend.
“The painter feels and reacts with paints … Color combinations are nerve cells that create sensations.”
An important event was the republican art exhibition, which took place in Kyiv in 1990 to mark the 45th anniversary of the victory. His painting “Crimson Heights” was placed in a remote hall, not finding another place for it due to color saturation, but even so, it caused a noticeable resonance and opened the artist to the professional community.
Later, Kryvolap was a member of the creative association “Picturesque Reserve”, which formally existed from 1992 to 1995, but whose influence on modern Ukrainian fine arts lasted for decades.
Over the next twenty years, Kryvolap gained the status of an influential artist, widely known in Ukraine and abroad, his paintings are exhibited, sold and collected around the world.