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Yana Hudzan


This is part of an experimental series in which paint is interwoven with carpet and vintage textiles, paying homage to primitive computer graphics of the 1990s. In some sense, it is also about escapism, escaping from the bitter black-and-white reality into one's own imagination.


You can be in a "safe place". But is this still a relevant concept when international law has effectively ceased?

In general, the feeling is like in the game, but we are on the other side of the screen. "Earth" is reminiscent of the primitive computer game "Minesweeper,"* which was fun to play as a child, but now it is like a metaphor for reality.

To stay or to leave, a step to the right or a step to the left - a matter of intuition and luck, when among the options for choosing how to keep living - none is easy or obvious. However, there is something we can control: the attitude towards the concrete and towards each other.


*Minesweeper is a logic puzzle genre commonly played on personal computers. The game features a grid of clickable squares with hidden "mines" scattered across the board. The goal is to clear the board without detonating any minis by using clues about the number of mines next to each square.


Yana Hudzan is an emerging Ukrainian artist who focuses on social and individual topics and works in mixed-media painting. She is looking for associative images and signs of situations and phenomena in life surrounding her so she can begin to understand and feel them better herself. A large part of the artistic practice is a reinterpretation of the heritage of Ukrainian grandmothers in a very ironic manner, represented by the "Berehyni" series. This character interests the artist as a unique Slavic matriarchal archetype of the Ukrainian woman. She uses street photos from cities, residential neighborhoods, public transport, classic paintings, Greek mythology, Christian iconography, and many other references and mixes them together.

Yana studied restoration and received her M2 degree in sacred art from Lviv National Academy of Arts in Lviv, Ukraine.

Yana participates in numerous group exhibitions and plain airs and has had several personal exhibitions.

Her works are in private collections in Ukraine, Poland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Turkey, Finland, Spain, Ireland, the Czech Republic, France, the UK, etc.


Selected Exhibitions

  • 2024 – "Rooting" - "Brama" gallery, Cherkassy

  • 2023 – “Paradise for animals” – Voitok Gallery, Kyiv

  • 2023 - "Hardened" – Exhibition of Ukrainian female artists – Café Kyiv, Europa center, Berlin, Germany:

  • 2022 - "Be Brave" – Ukrainian war time art exhibition - Austin, Houston, USA;

  • 2022 - "War Flowers" – Ukrainian Art Week - Belford, Bruges, Belgium;

  • 2022 - "Berehyni | War Flowers" – Contemporary Art Center, Ivano-Frankivsk

  • 2021 - "Berehyni" - Ukrainian Art Week - Belford, Bruges, Belgium;

  • 2021 – 365dayshelter” - Ukraine, Croatia, China, Portugal

  • 2021 - "Berehyni" - personal exhibition, art center "Dzyga" Lviv;

  • 2019-2021 – “Ukrainian Biennale of Levkas" - White world gallery, Kyiv;

  • 2020 - "Immunity" – Korsakiv Museum of Contemporary Ukrainian Art, Lutsk;

  • 2020 - Ukrainian Art Week - Belford, Bruges, Belgium;


Artist's residencies

  • 2023-24 – Ukrainian House ­– Prszemysl, Poland

  • 2022-23 – UNESKO Artists at risk – Tampere, Finland;

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