Reunited in Santa Barbara, Ukrainian Father and Son Artists Put on Show to Help Ukraine | Arts & Entertainment

Posted on May 20, 2022
| 5:56 p.m.

Father and son Ukrainian artists, who recently arrived in Santa Barbara, will present Zinovyev & Zinovyev, an art show to benefit Ukranian relief efforts. The exhibit will be 3-5 p.m. Thursday, July 14 at Alexander Gardens Assisted Living, 2120 Santa Barbara St. Artists, Olexandr Zinovyev Sr. and Olexandr Zinovyev Jr., will donate proceeds from the event to the Ukrainian efforts.

Olexandr Sr., a graduate from the Krupskaya Art University in Moscow, works in a variety of mediums, using caricatures to bring visual humor to political context. His caricatures eventually struck a nerve with pro-Russian Ukrainian officials, forcing Zinovyev to move to the U.S. in 2016, where he received political refugee status.

Olexandr Sr.’s wife Tatiana left their hometown of Vasilevka at the end of April this year, after the city was heavily bombarded by Russian troops. She is currently in Western Ukraine, close to the Polish border, hopeful she and her husband will be able to reunite soon in Santa Barbara.

Olexandr Jr., a calligraphy artist, specializes in creating murals in public buildings and community spaces to be enjoyed by the public. He also has done more than 1,000 works on canvas. As Russia was positioning for invasion, Olexandr Jr. left Ukraine through Poland, before joining his father in Santa Barbara in April.

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