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Artist Statement

The paintings exhibited consist of an understated, symbolic narrative, at times echoing surrealism. In my case, this is achieved through traditional painting techniques, usually oil. Although forthright, I hope they expand beyond the bounds of their appearance and not just what meets the eye. After all, these paintings first and foremost represent who I am.


Painter Andrew Charyna, was born in Karlsruhe, Germany. When he was six his parents moved to N.Y.C., where his early interest in art was mentored by his grandfather, well known painter Petro Cholodny the Younger. In 1969 his family moved to Toronto, Canada.

Andrew Charyna, full time artist, has participated in numerous exhibitions in New York and Toronto. In 1982 he took part in the exhibit of the Cholodny family (three generations of artists) at the Gallery of the Ukraininan Artists Association in New York. Andrew received Best of the Show award in 1994 and 1999 at the Artfest at Etobicoke City Hall in Toronto.


2012, Leonardo Galleries, Annual Winter Group Show

2012, Leonardo Galleries, Annual Summer Group Show

2010 - SCA 42nd Open Juried Art Exhibition, Toronto (Antoinette Stevens Award for Best Painting In the Show for “GENESIS”)

2008 - 2009 – Westmount Gallery, Etobicoke

2005 - 2007 – Mittica Gallery, Toronto

2005 - SCA 38th Open Juried Art Exhibition, Toronto (Golden Artist Colors, Inc. Award for “PEELED APPLE WITH KNIFE”)

2003 - 2006 – Canadian Opera Volunteer Committee exhibitions, Toronto

2001 Three Generations Of Cholodny Artists, New York, NY