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Andrei Prychodko (variant spellings: “Andrij,” & “Andrii,” Prychodko) born 1951, in Toronto, is a Swiss-Canadian artist of Ukrainian extraction.

The Encyclopedia of Ukraine refers to his unusual use of color, symbolist signs, unorthodox techniques and the paradox of spontaneity and control in his work.[i]

In its multiple layers of meaning, his art has been compared to the writing of Jorge Luis Borges.[ii] and Switzerland’s Neue Zürcher Zeitung says it issues from, “borderless cultural and historical cross-references.”[iii] Toronto’s Globe and Mail evokes, “a relentless microscope turned on the artist- but by himself.”[iv]

His painting has been called “archaic ciphers”,[v] “a language entirely its own”[vi] “enigmatic, facetious,”[vii]  “childlike, poetic and grotesque”[viii] and dubbed, “chromatic gesture colliding with Byzantine tradition.” [ix] 

France’s l’Oeil speaks of “a joust of dramatic ideas with figurative means and between the artist and his own compositions.” [x]According to Die Weltwoche, Prychodko, “stage directs elaborate, enigmatic, facetious, yet invariably aesthetic mise-en scenes…”[xi]

Writing repeatedly on Prychodko in the Tages Anzeiger, the Swiss critic Fritz Billeter evokes “the most diverse cultures, times and levels of consciousness flowing together” and cites him as “highly talented.”  [xii]

Prychodko has exhibited internationally- in Toronto, Rome, Paris, Zürich, Geneva, New York, as well as at ART Basel [xiii] etc.

 

Cumulatively, from 1980 through 2007, he was represented (almost exclusively by appointment only) by two historically influential galleries: Studio Paul Facchetti, Paris and Galerie Nathan, Zürich.

 

Prychodko is the last artist to be discovered by Paul Facchetti, known for his role in bringing into the canon such previously little known artists as Jackson Pollock, Dubuffet, Fautrier, Sam Francis, Henri Michaux, Wols, Riopelle, Mathieu, Capogrossi, Hundertwasser et al. Prychodko was introduced to Paul Facchetti by the Galerie Beyeler of Basel in 1979.

 

Subsequently, Prychodko was also represented by Peter Nathan of the Galerie Nathan of Zürich, which had been instrumental in building the Oskar Reinhart and Bührle Museum collections. Besides dealing old and modern masters to museums, Peter Nathan had furthered Chaissac, Estève, Lapicque, Poliakoff and de Stäel   Prychodko exhibited there under the patronage of the Canadian ambassador.

 

In 1993, Prychodko’s art was chosen to be the vector of re-establishing cultural relations through the visual arts between two nations: post-Soviet Ukraine and France.[xiv] Ukraine’s Minister of Culture, Ivan Dziuba, writing to France's Minister of Culture, Jacques Toubon,[xv] called Prychodko’s art, “A contemporary bridge from the Ukrainian avant-garde of Malevich, Archipenko, Larionov, Sonia Delaunay Terk et al…" and "issuing from an intercultural exchange such as Ukraine would like to redevelop with the West.” [xvi]

 

The exhibition monograph of Prychodko's work, published by Peter Nathan,[xvii] is archived in numerous museums including the Louvre / Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, [xviii]  Museum of Modern Art of France / Centre Georges Pompidou,[xix] Metropolitan Museum of Art,[xx]  & Museum of Modern Art, New York,[xxi] J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, [xxii] Victoria & Albert Museum, London,[xxiii] Tate Gallery, London,[xxiv] Albright Knox Gallery Buffalo,[xxv] National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa,[xxvi] Detroit Institute of Arts,[xxvii] etc.

 

Prychodko followed self-directed non-curricular studies at the New School of Art in Toronto, the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris and at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence. By special permissions he copied master drawings at Il Gabinetto dei Disegni of the Uffizzi in Florence and studied anatomy pertinent to drawing in the dissection rooms of the Faculties of Medicine of the University of Toronto and Université de Paris VII.

 

In 2011 following the discourse by Margit Rowell, Prychodko gave the memorial eulogy for Paul Facchetti at St. Eustache in Paris.[xxviii]

 

Since 1971 Andrei Prychodko has been based in Europe. Having lived and worked on four continents, he is fluent in five languages.

 

Since 1978 he is married with the Swiss artist Amanda Bayard. They currently reside at Crans-Montana in the Swiss Alps.

 

 Prychodko is the recipient of awards from the

Ontario Arts Council, Toronto

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, Montreal

Academy of Fine Arts, Athens, studio grant on Hydra

 

Videos of Prychodko’s paintings are among popular videos at the youtube

the Beyeler Foundation, Basel,[xxix]

the Moderna Museet, Stockholm[xxx]

the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo[xxxi]

the Kunsthaus Zürich [xxxii] etc.

 

 

Education

 

Andrei Prychodko followed self-directed non-curricular studies at

 

The New School of Art, Toronto, Canada under Canadian artists Dennis Burton, Gordon Rayner Robert Markle (for three months, 1969)

 

École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Paris (accepted in the highest category) 1971-2

 

Accademia di Belle Arti / Scuola Libera del Nudo, Florence, Italy 1972-4

 

By special permissions:

copied original master drawings at il Gabinetto Disegni (Cabinet of Drawings) of the Uffizi Gallery

and

studied anatomy pertinent to drawing  in the dissection rooms at the Faculties of Medicine of the Universities of Toronto and Paris VII.

 

Awards

 

The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, Montreal, 1975

 

The Ontario Arts Council, Toronto 1974

 

Academy of Fine Arts, Athens, studio grant, Hydra Greece, 1972

 

 

Exhibitions

 

 Introduction

 

Cumulatively from 1976 through 2007 Andrei Prychodko was represented by two gallerists of historical significance, Paul Facchetti of Paris and Peter Nathan of Zürich, as well as previously by the noted gallerist Renata Avenali of Rome.

 

In group shows and on a permanent basis by appointment only, Prychodko’s work has been exhibited together with works by: Alechinsky, Appel, Balla, Calder Capogrossi, Calder, Cesar, Chagall, Chaissac, Dalì, De Pisis, De Staël, DiChirico, Dorazio, Dubuffet, Estève, Max Ernst, Fautrier, Fontana, Sam Francis, Guttuso, Hartung, Hockney, Hundertwasser, Allen Jones, Jorn, Kemeny, Lapicque, Lindström, Lobo, Magnelli, Manzù, Marino Marini, Mathieu, Matta, Meistermann, Mirò, Moore, Michaux, Pirandello, Poliakoff, Pomodoro, Picasso, Riopelle, Severini, Sima, Sironi, Sutherland, Tapiès, Turcato, Villon, Felix Valloton, Wols, et al.”

 

Paul Facchetti

Prychodko is the last artist to be discovered by Paul Facchetti, known for his role in discovering and bringing into the canon such previously little known artists as Jackson Pollock, Dubuffet, Fautrier, Sam Francis, Henri Michaux, Wols, Riopelle, Mathieu, Capogrossi, Sima, Kemeny, Appel,  Hundertwasser et al. Prychodko was introduced to Paul Facchetti by the Galerie Beyeler of Basel in 1979.

 

Peter Nathan

Subsequently, & cumulatively Prychodko was represented by Peter Nathan of the four-generation Galerie Nathan of Zürich, instrumental in building the Oskar Reinhart and Bührle Museum collections. Besides dealing old and modern masters to museums, Peter Nathan furthered Chaissac, Estève, Lapicque, Lobo and de Stäel. Prychodko exhibited there under the patronage of the Canadian ambassador. Peter Nathan wrote of Prychodko as among his eight most important exhibitors together with Chaissac, Estève, Lapicque, Lobo, Meistermann, De Staël and Felix Valloton.

 

Cumulatively, he was represented by them- especially by appointment only from 1980 through 2007 and his work was acquired by their collectors such as Seymour H. Knox II.

 

Renata Avenali

Previously, Prychodko was represented by the Roman gallerist Renata Peschiera- Avenali of Rome whose Galleria Studio Erre represented modern masters such as Afro, Appel, Balla, Calder, Capogrossi, Cesar, Corneille, de Chirico, Dorazio, Fontana, Hartung, Greco, Allen Jones, Mirò, Manzù, Moore, Marino Marini, Pomodoro, Picasso, Severini, turcato et al.

 

 

 

Selected solo exhibitions

 

2003

-Von Graffenried Private Bank, Brig, Switzerland

 

1993-1996

projected retrospectives

-State Museum of Fine Arts of Ukraine, Kyiv (Kiev) Ukraine

-Museum of Fine Arts, Lviv ( Lemberg),  Ukraine

-Museum of Fine Arts, Odessa, Ukraine

In 1993, Prychodko’s art was chosen to be the vector of re-establishing cultural relations through the visual arts between two nations: post-Soviet Ukraine and France. Ukraine’s Minister of Culture, Ivan Dziuba, writing to France's Minister of Culture, Jacques Toubon, called Prychodko’s art, “A contemporary bridge from the Ukrainian avant-garde of Malevich, Archipenko, Larionov, Sonia Delaunay Terk et al…" and "issuing from an intercultural exchange such as Ukraine would like to redevelop with the West.”

The project was furthered by two successive French Ministers of Culture: Jacques Toubon and Philippe Douste-Blazy. Due to successive regime changes, however, the project was not brought to term. 

 

1987

-Galerie Nathan, Zürich, Switzerland

 

1984

-Galerie Paul Facchetti, Zürich, Switzerland

 

1982

-Crédit Suisse global headquarters, Paradeplatz, Zürich,

 

1980

-Galerie Paul Facchetti, Zürich, Switzerland

 

1978

-Galleria Studio Erre, Rome

 

1976

-Galleria Studio Erre, Rome

 

1974

-University of Toronto, Great Hall, Hart House (with the New Chamber Orchestra of Canada)

 

-Ontario Institute For Studies in Education, Toronto

 

 

 

Selected group exhibitions

 

2017

-Villa Arconati, World Art Foundation, Bollate, Milan

“Presenza- a Discourse Among the Past Present and Future”

 

1980 – 2007

represented  permanently by appointment only by Paul Facchetti, (Studio Paul Facchetti), Spiegelgasse, Zürich & Ave Friedland, Paris, together with Agosti, Appel, Beauford-Delaney, Bryen, Capogrossi, Dubuffet, Fassianos, Fautrier, Sam Francis, Kemeny, Mathieu, Henri Michaux, Riopelle, Hundertwasser, Sima, Wols, et al.

 

 

2000- 1987

represented permanently by appointment only by Peter Nathan, Galerie Nathan, Arosastrasse, Zürich, Switzerland. Peter Nathan wrote of  Prychodko as among his eight most most important exhibitors together with Chaissac, Estève, Lapicque, Lobo, Meistermann, De Staël and Felix Valloton..

 

1998

-43rd Salon de Montrouge, Paris

 

1986

-“Le Genie de la Bastille,” Paris group exhibition organized by the French National Center for Visual Arts and the Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs of Paris,

 

-The Wexler Gallery, New York

 

1985

-Canadian Cultural Center, Paris

“Presence de la Peinture Canadienne”

 

1983

-ART, Basel

with Galerie Weber, Geneva, Switzerland „Alechinsky, Chillida, Folon, Jorn, Masson, Mirò, Picasso, Prychodko, Tapiès, Tobey,Van Velde, “

 

1982

- ART Basel

with Galerie Weber, Geneva, Switzerland,

”Bayard, Bellmer, Calder, Chagall, Max Ernst, Marino Marini, Matta, Picasso, Prychodko, Saura, Zao –Wou-Ki”

 

- Galerie Paul Facchetti, Zürich, Switzerland

„Présentation d’une Selection d’Oeuvres: Agosti, Amanda Bayard, Dubuffet, Fassianos, Hundertwasser, Georges Noël, Lataster, Prychodko, Vajda

 

- Galerie Weber, Geneva, Switzerland, group show: Alechinsky, Appel, Amanda Bayard, Bellmer, Max Bill, Calder, Chillida, Dubuffet, Max Ernst, Sam Francis, Giacommetti, Jorn, Le Corbusier, Man Ray, Matta, Prychodko, Rosenquist, Soulages, Zao Wou-Ki,

 

1981

-ART Basel

with Galerie Weber, Geneva, Switzerland,                                                                   group show “Appel, Amanda Bayard, Calder,  Christo, Clavé, Delvaux, Dubuffet, Max Ernst, Folon, Giacometti,  Matta  Mirò,  Moore, Music, Picasso, Prychodko, Rosenquist, Saura, Soulages, Tobey, Bram Van Velde”

 

-Cordier Ekstrom Gallery, New York

 

-Galerie Paul Facchetti, Zürich, Switzerland

 

- Galleria del Naviglio, Milan (work on consignment)

 

- Galerie Weber, Geneva, Switzerland

group show  “Appel, Amanda Bayard, Calder,  Christo, Clavé, Delvaux, Dubuffet, Max Ernst, Folon, Giacometti,  Matta  Mirò,  Moore, Music, Picasso, Prychodko, Rosenquist, Saura, Soulages, Tobey, Bram Van Velde”

 

 

 1980- 1976

Represented permanently by appointment only by Renata Peschiera- Avenali  of Galleria Studio Erre, Via San Giacomo 22 & Via Dei Greci, 43, Rome 

Studio Erre dealt with Modern Italian and European masters such as Afro, Appel, Balla, Calder, Capogrossi, Cesar, Corneille, de Chirico, Dorazio, Fontana, Hartung, Greco, Allen Jones, Mirò, Manzù, Moore, Marino Marini, Pomodoro, Picasso, Severini, turcato

 

1980

 - Galleria Studio Erre, Arte Moderna di Renata Peschiera- Avenali Rome, Italy“Opere di: Afro, Alechinsky, Appel, Davie, Guttuso, Lindstrom, Lucebert, Magnelli, Pirandello, Prychodko, Severini,”

 

-Galleria Studio Erre, Arte Moderna Rome, Italy 

“Olii, Tempere, Sculture di Appel, Capogrossi, DiChirico, Fontana, Hartung, Guttuso, Allen Jones, Mirò, Manzù, Moore, Marino Marini, Pomodoro, Picasso, Prychodko, Severini, Sutherland,”

 

1979

-Galleria Fontanella Borghese, Rome, Italy

 

-Galleria Studio Erre, Rome, Italy

 “Olii e Tempere, Strutture, Sculture di : Afro, Appel, Balla, Cesar, Corneille, de Chirico, Dorazio, Fontana, Hartung, Greco, Allen Jones, Manzù, Moore,  Marino Marini, Pomodoro, Picasso, Prychodko, Severini, Sutherland”

 

1978

-Galleria Studio Erre, Rome, Italy

Mostra di Afro, Alechinsky, Alan Davie, Dorazio, Gentilini, Lindström, Pirandello, Prychodko, Rooskens, Turcato,

 

1977

-Galleria Studio Erre, Rome, Italy

“Mostra Mercato: Allen Jones, Attardi, Bitran, Balla, Cesar, De Pisis, Dorazio, Hartung, Hockney, Matta, Monachesi, Pomodoro, Pirandello, Prychodko, Severini, Sironi”

 

-Galleria Studio Erre, Rome, Italy

Appel, Capogrossi, DiChirico, Fontana, Hartung, Guttuso, Allen Jones, Mirò, Manzù, Moore, Marino Marini, Pomodoro, Picasso, Prychodko, Severini, Sutherland,”

 

 1976

-Galleria Studio Erre, Rome

“Mostra Mercato:” Appel, Capogrossi, DiChirico, Fontana, Hartung, Guttuso, Allen Jones, Mirò, Manzù, Moore, Marino Marini, Pomodoro, Picasso, Prychodko, Severini, Sutherland,”

 

-The Independent Gallery, Toronto, Canada

 

1974

-The Scollard Gallery, Toronto, Canada

 

1969

-The Collector’s Cabinet, Toronto, Canada

 

 

Monographs

 

1987

Nathan, Peter, Affentranger, Angelika, text, exhibition monograph, “Prychodko” Galerie Nathan, Zürich, ISBN  3-906133-01-X,  44 pages Galerie Nathan, Zürich, Switzerland,

This mongraph is archived in many world museums such as the Louvre, Paris Metropolitan Museum of Art & Museum of Modern Art, NewYork, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Tate Gallery, London, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Detroit Institute of Art, USA, Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Museum of Applied and Contemporary Art, Vienna,  Yale University, USA, etc.

 

1974

Prychodko, Andrew, “Innocence, Discipline, Synthesis: Les Préludes” Exhibition monograph, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, The Coach House Press, 24 pages, Toronto, Canada, April 1974

 

 

Institutions

 

The Prychodko monograph, published by Peter Nathan, Galerie Nathan, Zürich
ISBN 3-906133-01-X is archived in the following institutions:
 
The Louvre /Museé des Arts Decoratives, Paris

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Museum of Modern Art, New York 

Museum of Modern Art of France /Centre Pompidou, Paris

Victoria and Albert Museum, London 

Tate Gallery, London

J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Dokumenta Archive, Kassel, Germany

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy

Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, USA

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA

Boston Museum of Fine Arts, USA

Detroit Institute of Art, USA,

Cleveland Museum of Art, USA

Turin Civic Museums, Italy

Harald Szeemann Collection, Los Angeles USA

Art and exhibition hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn

German National Library, Leipzig  

Ludwig Museum, Cologne

Museum of Applied and Contemporary Art, Vienna 

Museum of the Belvedere, Vienna 

Library of the Belvedere, Vienna

The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

Yale University, New Haven, USA

Princeton University, Princeton, N.J., USA

Max Planck Institute for Art History, Rome

Bibliotheca Hertziana, Rome

German Art Historical Institute, Florence, Italy

German Center for Art History, Paris

Central Institute of Art History of Germany, Munich

State & University Library, Dresden, Germany

National Institute of Art History, Paris,

New York Art Resources Consortium, New York

Institute of Art Sciences, Zurich, Switzerland

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Lille Métropole Museum of Modern, Contemporary and Outsider Art, France

Hulda Zumsteg Collection, (Kronenhalle) Zürich, Switzerland

Cantonal Museum of Fine Art, Sion, Switzerland

Canadian Museum of Contemporary Phototgraphy, Ottawa, Canada

Deutsche Fotothek, Germany

École Nationale Supérieure d'Art de Bourges, France

etc.

 

[i]Struk, Danylo Husar, Editor, Encyclopedia of Ukraine, Encyclopedia of Ukraine, University of Toronto Press Incorporated 1993, Toronto, Buffalo, London ISBN 0-8020-3994-4, Volume III pp. 752 & Volume IV pp. 257 & 258

[ii] Anonymous, “Archaic Ciphers” Zürich News, Wochenbulletin, 31 March, 1984, pp. 11.

[iii] Anonymous“ Prychodko, Galerie Nathan,“ Neue Zürcher Zeitung, March 12, 1987, pp42

[iv]Kritzweiser, Kay, “Creative Bridge Links Art and Poetry”, Prychodko at OISE Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto,  The Globe and Mail, Toronto, Sat.May 4,1974 pp32

[v] Anonymous, “Archaic Ciphers” Zürich News, Wochenbulletin, 31 March, 1984, pp. 11

[vi] Billeter, Fritz, “Happy-Sad Spirits“ Fröhlich-Traurige Gespenster“ Prychodko at Galerie Facchetti Zürich, the Tages Anzeiger''',  Zürich Switzerland, June 18, 1980 pp. 24

[vii] Bernimoulin, Gundel,  the Tages Anzeiger, Switzerland, "die Innere Dimension der Dinge" (the Inner Dimension of Things) Tages Anzeiger, Zürich, 22 Nov 1982  pp24

[viii] Billeter, Fritz, Tages Anzeiger, Zürich,"Malerishce Gesten und abstrakte Zeichen" (Painterly Gestures and Abstract Signs) Prychodko in der Galerie Paul Facchettti, Dienstag 10 April, 1984

[ix] Tallarico, Luigi,"Andrij Prychodko, una Esplosione di Vitalità" (Andrij Prychodko, an Explosion of Vitality) Il Secolo d'Italia, Roma, Mercoledi 15 febbraio, 1978

[x]Affentranger, Angelika, l’Oeil, Paris, no. 381 avril 1987, Galeries/Prychodko  

[xi]Monteil, Annemarie, „Spiele auf vielerlei Ebenen“ (Playing on Multiple Levels) Prychodko in the Galerie Nathan, Zürich, die Weltwoche, Zürich, 19 März 1987 pp 69   

[xii] Billeter, Fritz, Tages Anzeiger, Zürich,"Malerishce Gesten und abstrakte Zeichen" (Painterly Gestures and Abstrakt Signs) Dienstag 10 April, 1984

[xiii] Catalog Art, Basel 13'82 1982 pp 572 & Catalog Art, Basel 14'83 1982 pp 594

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[xv] Ministère de la Culture de France, le Ministre, lettre 160715- 24 juin 94

[xvi]Dziuba, Yvan, Minister of Culture of Ukraine, Міністерство Культури Украйни, Київ, Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, Kyiv, the Minister, letter no. 1-980/39,  Sept. 10, 1993

Toubon, Jacques, Minister of Culture of France,  Ministère de la Culture de France, le Ministre, letter no. 160715, 24 juin 94

[xvii]Nathan, Peter, Galerie Nathan''', Zürich, <ref> Nathan, Peter, exhibition Catalog, "Prychodko" Galerie Nathan, 1987 ISBN 3-906133-01-X

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[xxviii] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGQe2bl-nXY

[xxix]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWOELiJ-VKXD1UxY5KeN-6z0mW26aOL55   

[xxx]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OzygK9umqA&index=14&list=PLxmUs06bjGVUBj7h0DEcKpWkeqPo6h5hF  

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Biography

 

Andrei Prychodko, born 1951 in Toronto, is a Swiss-Canadian artist of Ukrainian origin.

He has exhibited in Toronto, Rome, Zürich, Paris, New York, Geneva, Basel, etc... notably with the galleries Studio Paul Facchetti in Paris and Zurich (with whom he began to exhibit through the introduction of Galerie Beyeler of Basel) and Galerie Nathan in Zurich, as well as at Art Basel etc.  Prychodko is the last artist to be discovered, independently of one another, by both Paul Facchetti and by Peter Nathan (where his work was shown under the patronage of Canada's ambassador). Cumulatively, he was represented by them from 1980 through 2007 and his  work was acquired by their collectors such as Seymour H. Knox.

His art has been exhibited together with works by Appel, Calder, Chagall, deChirico, Dali, Dubuffet, Max Ernst, Estève, Fautrier, Marino Marini, Michaux, Sam Francis, Picasso, Poliakoff, Severini, Tapiès et al.

In 1993 Prychodko's art was chosen to spearhead the re-establishing of cultural relations via visual arts between France and  post-Soviet Ukraine, whose Minister of Culture, Ivan Dziuba, writing to France's Minister of Culture, Jacques Toubon, called Prychodko’s art, “…a contemporary bridge from the Ukrainian avant-garde of Malevich, Archipenko, Larionov, Sonia Delaunay-Terk et al."

Prychodko’s  work is documented and reviewed in international periodicals of record such as the Toronto Globe & Mail and the Neue Zürcher Zeitung as well as in die Weltwoche, Tages Anzeiger,  l’Oeil, Bollaffi Arte, etc.

 

The Encyclopedia of Ukraine documents Prychodko's unusual use of color, symbolist signs, unorthodox techniques and the paradox of spontenaiety and control in his work.

The exhibition catalog of his work, published by Peter Nathan, is archived in the Louvre, Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New YorkMuseum of Modern Art, New York, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Tate Gallery, LondonVictoria and Albert Museum, London, National Gallery of Canada, OttawaDetroit Institute of Art, USALudwig Museum, Cologne, Museum of Applied and Contemporary Art, Vienna,  Yale University, USA, etc.

Following senior matriculation Prychodko worked in the newsroom, then as chief librarian/archivist of the Toronto Telegram, Canada’s second largest newspaper, but soon left to study briefly at Toronto’s New School of Art. In Europe since 1971, Prychodko followed self-directed, non-curricular studies at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris, where he was accepted in the highest category, as well as at the Accademia di Belle Arti and Scuola Libera del Nudo in Florence. By special permissions he copied master drawings at il Gabinetto Disegni of the Uffizi and studied anatomy at the Universities of Toronto and Paris VII.

His first one man shows were at the University of Toronto,  at Rome’s Studio Erre,  and at the global headquarters of Crédit Suisse in Zürich.

Fluent in five languages, Prychodko has lived and painted across four continents- in Toronto, New York, Switzerland, Mexico, India, etc. and was based for 21 years in Paris. His studios were in the Hotel Chelsea, New York, in the former City Hall of San Cristobal las Casas, Mexico, on the ghats in Varanasi, in the Swiss Alps, etc. Referring to all this, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung sees his art as “issuing from limitless cultural/historical cross-references.”

Andrei Prychodko is a recipient of Awards from the Academy of Athens (modern), the Greenshields Foundation, Montreal and the Ontario Arts Council, Toronto.

He currently resides with his wife, the artist Amanda Bayard, at Crans-Montana, Switzerland.