Childhood, studios

Larysa Pisha was born in Kyiv 06 November 1964 in the family of Ukrainian intellectuals. Her grandmother, Maria Petrivna, was a Maths teacher in school #92, her grandfather, Mykhailo Andriiovych Zhovtobriukh, was a famous linguist, professor, the author of the textbook of the Ukrainian language ( Her mother, Zhanetta Andriivna, was a senior staff scientist in the Institute of organic chemistry, her father, Petro Fedorovych Ivanov, ( was a Ukrainian poet, a translator, Candidate of Philology, a Great Patriotic War veteran who served in the army from 1939 to 1947. He translated into Ukrainian poems of Pushkin, Blok, Martynov, Indian poetry. Her brother, Ivanov Serhii Petrovych, was an actor, People's Artist of Ukraine (

Most of her life Larysa spent in Rusanivski gardens which she believes to be the source of her creative work.

She began to study drawing and painting in art schools of Kyiv famous artists such as O. Krylova, V.Zaretskii and others. She had been working for a year in a department of drawing before she entered the institute.

Larysa Pisha entered Kyiv State Institute of Art (now National Academy) faculty of painting in 1982. In 1988 she completed the course of monumental painting. Her professors were V.Chekaniuk, M.Storozhenko, O.Kozhekov. In 1988 she defended her diploma work of tempera painting Roads which was done in the premises of department of manuscripts in the Institute of Study of Literature Academy of Sciences, Hrushevskii St. 4.

In 1992 she joined the National Union of Artists, in 2000 the Union of Designers. In 2005 she studied painting course in Cite des Arts, Paris.

Rusanivski Gardens Father (on the right) in a studio of the artist V.Chekaniuk (on the left), O.Kozhekov (in the centre)
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