Bogdan Tymkiv

Bogdan Tymkiv – Professor, Ph.D in philosophy, Honored Artist of Ukraine, member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine and member of the National Union of Folk Art of Ukraine, Head of the Department of methodology in teaching fine and decorative art at Educational Iinstitute of Arts.

Bogdan Tymkiv was born in 04.14.1959 in Ivano-Frankivsk region. In 1978 he graduated from the art vocational school number 14 ( v. Ivano-Frankove, Lviv region.) where he earned profession “artistic wood carver”. In 1984 he graduated from the Department of Architecture of the Lviv Polytechnic Institute with the degree in architecture.
In the 1986-1990 Mr.Tymkiv studied in graduate school (full-time) at the Department of Fine and decorative art of Art Education Research Institute of Pedagogical Sciences of the USSR, where he successfully defended his thesis on the problems of formation of young culture by means of arts and crafts of Ukraine.
In 1990 Bogdan Mikhailovich developed a concept of arts and crafts revival, according to which he opened first Ukrainian children’s art and craft school in the city. Galicia (Small Academy crafts). From the founding of the school, Mr.Tymkiv worked there as a supervisor, directing the educational process of the school to provide aesthetic education and cultural development of students. The school became a unique art center in Galich, where not only young artists are educated, but also the revival of old Halich crafts is happening.
Repeatedly the school conducted international, national and regional conferences, round tables, workshops, exhibitions and creative students exhibitions. The experience of school was studied by foreign and domestic scientists, artists, university professors and teachers. Currently, the various branches of the Academy have about 600 children.
In 1993, on a competitive basis Bogdan Mikhailovich was elected the head of the department of Fine and Decorative Art of the Prikarpatsky University named after V.Stefanyk. For the purpose of complete revival of forgotten traditions in arts and crafts, he created training workshops on pottery, blacksmithing, weaving, carving, jewelry and more.
By the decree of the President of Ukraine in 1998, Bogdan Tymkiv was awarded the honorary title “Honored Artist of Ukraine”, and in 1999 the Certifying Board of the Ministry of Education of Ukraine awarded him the academic title “Professor”.
Bogdan Tymkiv is the author of over 100 scientific papers in the field of art history and art pedagogy. Among his works are the books and scientific articles on art, work books, manuals on the development of arts and crafts and ethnical designs, also opportunities for their effective use in the training of students.

In 2001-2004. Bogdan Tymkiv attended the Doctoral Ukrainian Free University (Munich) where he completed his doctoral thesis.
As an architect and practical artist he works with problems of synthesis of indoor spaces and pieces of decorative art. He participated in many national, international and regional exhibitions. National, regional and local media featured his creative, artistic and scientific-pedagogical activities: article in the journal “Fine Arts”, interview with the newspaper “Day”, book reviews “Art of Ukraine and Ukrainian diaspora: sacral and applied woodcarving” (2012) in the newspaper “Word of Enlightenment”. During such programs as “For a cup of coffee” and “Let’s talk” (“Eternal Tree”) at regional television “Galicia”, journalists presented the public with Mr.Tymkiv’s own artistic and scientific achievements.
Bogdan Tumkiv was commented on the implementation into the study process the specialty “Devorative applied art” at the Art Institute of new developments in ethnical design (blacksmithing, jewelry, woodcarving, pottery, textiles, artistic leather working, etc.), according to the principals he developed. They were approved by the MES of Ukraine.
The National Museum of Taras Shevchenko (c. Kyiv) held a creative meeting on Dec. 13 2012 with Professor Bogdan Tymkiv where he presented his new book “Art of Ukraine and Ukrainian diaspora: sacral and applied woodcarving” (2012) and talked about his scientific, educational and social activities. The meeting was attended by members of the Shevchenko Committee, writers, art historians, museum staff and the public. Volodymyr Prjadka, academician ofthe National Academy of Arts of Ukraine, mentioned in his speech Mr. Tymkiv’s high contribution into the development of Ukrainian culture. In particular, he noted that “the enthusiasm typical to Bogdan Tymkiv who is an untiring researcher of woodcarving history, is lacked by many artists especially those who live in eastern and southern Ukraine. Indeed, over time, a lot of highly rare works of art just disappear, “and so information about them should be passed to future generations.
Chairman of the All-Ukrainian association “Enlightenment” named after T. H. Shevchenko, poet Pavlo Movchan also highly appreciated the creative achievements of Mr.Tymkiv and pointed out his selfless work for the preservation and promotion of works of applied art. This monograph was nominated for the National Prize of Ukraine named after Taras Shevchenko, 2013.
In April 2005 participated in parliamentary hearings in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine “Cultural Policy in Ukraine: priorities, principles and ways of implementation.”Member of the Academic Council of Educational Research at the Institute of Arts named after V.Stefanik, member of the Scientific Council of the National reserve “Ancient Galich” .In 2003, his name was included in the biographical book “Scientists of Carpathian Region”, and in 2007 the handbook “Scientific Elite of Ivano-Frankivsk Region. ”