Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine forced millions of people to flee their homes. However, many decided to stay, like Kyiv-based artist Sergiy Maidukov. One of Ukraine’s best-known illustrators, he is stuck in the Ukrainian capital, where he draws what he sees and experiences these days.
To mark the first anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, we would like to showcase works of the illustrator in the window gallery of ERSTE Foundation that provide glimpses of everyday life in Ukraine.
Sergiy Maidukov, 41, was born and raised in Donetsk and has been living in Kyiv since 2006. He works as an illustrator for different foreign magazines and media including The New Yorker, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and Die Zeit.
Since 2015 until Russia´s full-scale war in Ukraine, Sergiy Maidukov had been curating regular illustration workshops. They were dedicated to various Ukrainian cities – Odesa, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kyiv. Maidukov’s illustrations were exhibited in Kyiv, Berlin, Hong Kong and Paris.
Today, Sergiy Maidukov works on war documental illustrations for his forthcoming book.
Volunteering and with an aim to do documental illustrations on site he visited Irpin and Bucha in the first days after their liberation, Kharkiv and oblast during the siege in summer 2022, Bakhmut (including the frontline) in late September, Izium and other cities and places.
Two of his works are on constant expositions in two Ukrainian state art museums. In 2022, he judged 3×3 international Illustration competition. He will also be one of the judges in ADC world Illustration competition.
If you are interested to see more works of Sergiy Maidukov, go to: Sergiy Maidukov Illustration (@sergiymaidukov) • Instagram-Fotos und -Videos
Cover picture: According to The Economist, Ukraine is the country of the year. Illustration by Sergiy Maidukov to the article is about that, it’s about us. About heroism, ingenuity, ability to adapt as an example for other countries.