Vasil Chebanik

Author works

Calligraphic script sketch for sacred texts

Calligraphic script sketch for sacred texts

Silkscreening decoration on cardboard, edited in Wakom FontLab, 79.5x65 cm, 2009
Calligraphic script sketch

Calligraphic script sketch

Broad pencil, ink, nib, silk-screening decoration on cardboard, edited in FontLab, 70x72 cm, 2009
A cover for the solo exhibition catalogue

A cover for the solo exhibition catalogue

The “Graphics” logo executed in A4 paper, pencil, ink, pen, computer processing, printed against the background of the leather book-binding for the author’s handmade Psalter (2004).
“Sofia of Kyiv” Script sketch

“Sofia of Kyiv” Script sketch

Paper-cardboard, ink, silk-screening decoration, 90x60 cm, 2008
"Rutenia" Script sketch lowercase

"Rutenia" Script sketch lowercase

Serigraphy
“Rutenia” Script sketch – initial

“Rutenia” Script sketch – initial

Ink, silk-screening decoration, 60x90 cm, 2008
"Dnepr" Script sketch

"Dnepr" Script sketch

Paper-cardboard, ink, silk-screening decoration, 60x90 cm, 2008
“Wild Rose” Script sketch

“Wild Rose” Script sketch

Paper, cardboard, pencil, ink, FontLab program, silk-screening decoration, 70x90 cm, 2008
“Rutenia” Script sketch for  "Graphics of the Ukrainian language"

“Rutenia” Script sketch for "Graphics of the Ukrainian language"

Serigraphy
“Wild Rose” Script sketch

“Wild Rose” Script sketch

Paper, cardboard, pencil, ink, FontLab program, silk-screening decoration, 70x90 cm, 2008

Biography

Vasil  Chebanik

He was born in the village of Klishkovtsy, Khotyn Raion, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine, on August 5th, 1933. He is a member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine, professor of the National Academy of Visual Arts and Architecture, Head of the Training and Creative Workshop of Book Design and Introligation (a mixed binding and book design technique).

In 1963, he graduated from the Kyiv State Artistic Institute, Book Graphic Art Workshop. He studied under professors V. Kasiyan, I. Pleshchinsky, G.Yakutovich.
He has been working in the Academy of Visual Arts and Architecture since 1962 (his graduation year).

Core line of business: professor of the Academy; book design and illustration; font design; introligation (embroidery; processing of book units; covering with leather under the 13th-18th century technology).

His creative work was certified by silver prize of the USSR Higher Academy of Art in 1964, by Ivan Fyodorov and Georgy Yakutovich diplomas. His achievements in corporate style and logos, praiseful books NaUKMA, diplomas, font for the National University of “Kyiv Mohyla Academy” brought him the St. Peter Mohyla Prize. Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Presidium awarded him a Certificate of Honour for his handmade book unit, leather cover, and artistic design of the Constitution of Ukraine executed for Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (Supreme Council of Ukraine).

During the last ten years he has been engaged in “cyrillization” of Ukrainian alphabet based on the fundamental Cyrillic alphabet. The project was on display at five exhibitions in Kyiv and Kharkov. The comments were broadcasted by the country’s prime TV channels, published in newspapers, posted on the Internet. Vasil displayed his calligraphic and book design works at republican art exhibitions. He took part in the International Symposium of Calligraphers in Tallinn in 1972.

Vasil Chebanik:
“I would like to emphasize the most important events in my life, namely, my contacts with colleagues professionally dealing with scripts: V. Khomenko, A. Ponomarenko, P. Chobitko, A. Chekal, A. Shevchenko etc. I was happy to get personally acquainted with Paul Lukhtein, Villu Toots, Albert Kapr. the question Albert Capr asked me in Leipzig in 1971 – “Why don’t you develop your own script?” - is still haunting me. So now my challenge is to make a script style, preserving the key elements of graphemes of the early Cyrillic alphabet and dressing it with the flexibility of modern graphics, avoiding confusion between letter “З” and digit “3”, letter “О” and digit “0”, letters “P” and “R”, “H” and “N”, “д” and “g”, “Я” and “R”.

I realize it’s a long way to go, but I believe it is within my power, the more so that these attempts were made during the 20th century by G. Narbut and V. Krichevsky.