“Primitive” Prymachenko: National Artist of Ukraine

“Primitive” Prymachenko: National Artist of Ukraine

Born in 1909, Maria Prymachenko spent her long life in a Ukrainian village with the humble name of Bolotniya, which means marsh or swamp. As a girl she came down with polio, which interfered with her schooling and left her with a painful limp. But her vivid imagination and irrepressible use of color made her a giant in the Ukrainian art world in spite of, or perhaps because of, the limitations she encountered. Her fantastical paintings of imaginary beasts, birds, flowers and ordinary villagers doing everyday things brightened the walls of Kiev’s Art Arsenal earlier this year in a first-ever retrospective of more than 300 of her works. Read More


3 Reasons to Love Croatia

3 Reasons to Love Croatia

It’s a hard heart that doesn’t fall in love with Croatia at first sight. It’s easy to visit this country for what you think will be a few days, but you end up staying weeks and even months in what has become one of the top travel destinations in the world, lush with natural beauty, sandy beaches and emerald waters, historic hilltowns with swashbuckling backstories, and 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  Here are just three reasons – so many more – why so many are captivated by Croatia. Read More