Born July 7, 1904, village of Plikhiv, Berezhany District, Ternopil Province, Ukraine.
Died September 27, 1992, Staten Island, New York, U.S.A.
Ukrainian-born artist known for his expressionistic landscapes.
In 1923, Moroz was accepted into the Olexa Novakivsky Art School at the Ukrainian Underground University in Lviv.
From 1925, he participated in group exhibitions in Lviv, including those of the Association of Independent Ukrainian Artists.
From 1928-30, he studied in Paris at Académie Julian and the Conservatoire nationale des arts et métiers on a scholarship awarded by Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky.
He traveled throughout Europe, painting with the artist Sviatoslav Hordynsky in France and Olexa Novakivsky in Italy.
After returning to Lviv in 1932, he worked as Olexa Novakivsky's assistant and portraitist.
With the Soviet onslaught from the East in 1944, Moroz and his family (wife Iryna and son Ihor) fled to Germany (first, Neumarkt, then Neubern, and in 1948, Regensburg-on-the-Danube). Although the family survived, more than 800 of Moroz's paintings and drawings were lost. They emigrated to America in 1949.
In the U.S., Moroz pursued his career as an artist, and led an active community life. He maintained contact with artists of Ukrainian descent, including a close relationship with the world renowned sculptor, Alexander Archipenko, and others. Solo exhibitions of his work were held at the Panoras Gallery in New York City (1959-63) and in Toronto (1964). The period 1970-1988 is considered to be the most productive of the artist's career, accompanied by widespread recognition of his work, with numerous exhibits in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Munich and Paris.
He has painted over 3,000 works — portraits (e.g., of Metropolitan A. Sheptytsky and Cardinal Y. Slipyj), icons, landscapes, and genre paintings — in a style that has evolved from a calm impressionism to expressionism.
|l-r: artists Mychajlo Moroz, Sviatoslav Hordynsky, Alexander Archipenko, Olexa Hryshchenko (Alexis Gritchenko)
New York, 1961
Biography compiled from Mychajlo Moroz, by W. Ovsijchuk, et al (1995) and the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, Vol. III, Toronto (1993).