Iosif Bokshai Outstanding Soviet Ukrainian painter and teacher.
Biography of Iosif Bokshai
Born in 1891 in the village of Yasnaya Polyana, Rakhiv district, Transcarpathian region. His grandfather, father and brother were Greek Catholic priests. In the family, everyone was fond of art (music and painting).
Iosif Bokshai received his secondary education at the Mukachevo gymnasium, where drawing was taught by Tibor Kalmar. During 1910-1914 he studied at the pedagogical department of the Budapest Academy of Arts. The famous Hungarian painter Imre Reves was the teacher of special disciplines under Joseph Bokshay. After graduating from the academy, on the first day of the war, on August 1, 1914, Joseph Bokshay was mobilized as an ordinary soldier of the Austro-Hungarian army, and on March 24, 1915 he was captured by the Russian army.
Awarded with honorary titles and state awards:
Chevalier of the Order of the Badge of Honor (1948)
Honored Art Worker of the Ukrainian SSR (1951)
Corresponding Member of the USSR Academy of Arts (1958)
People’s Artist of Ukraine (1960)
People’s Artist of the USSR (1963)
In 1990, the name of I.I.Bokshay was given to the Transcarpathian Art Museum in Uzhgorod. A monument to artists I. Bokshay and A. Erdeli is also erected in the city.
The artist has created over 1000 canvases. His works are dominated by landscapes with varied colors, which evoke optimism and vitality. Most of all, the artist loved autumn, when the leaves begin to turn yellow and purple. Autumn landscapes are imbued with sun and warmth.
The artist’s biography is included in the Great Soviet Encyclopedia in 30 volumes. M., Soviet Encyclopedia, 1969-1978 “and is presented in the free encyclopedia” Wikipedia The artist’s work is reflected in the monographs: Ostrovsky G.S. Iosif Iosifovich Bokshai. The life and work of the Ukrainian painter. M., Sov. artist, 1967 Kuriltsev V. Bokshay Iosif Iosifovich. M., Sov. artist, 1962
Presented in the Unified (Russian and International) rating. Rating category 3A professional artist with a recognizable individual style.