Those who happened to visit the studio where Emanuil Mysko, People’s Artist of the Ukraine, works will never forget the rich world of art created by this original sculptor. The studio abounds with portraits of celebrated personalities of the past who distinguished themselves in the realm of science and culture.
Presently, Emanuil Mysko heads the Lvov State Institute of Decorative and Applied Art. He was born on May 21, 1929 in the picturesque village of Nyzhni Ustryky, Lis Povit, exactly where the Boyko-Lemko boundary in southeast Poland runs. In 1945 together with his parents he moved to, and settled in the Ukraine. Upon finishing school, Emanuil studied at the Lvov Institute of Decorative and Applied Art, from which he graduated in 1956. Among his teachers were A. Overchuk and I. Severa.
Mysko concentrates his creative efforts on the monumental and memorial sculpture. His best works include a portrait of Ivan Franko executed for the Ivan Franko Literary Memorial Museum of Lvov, a sculptural composition, “Zakhar Berkut”, for the village of Tukhlya, the portraits of writers V. Stefanyk. R. Ivanychuk, that of artist H. Smolsky, poets R. Lubkivsky and R. Bratun, and M. Baiko, to mention but a few. On request of the Ukraina Society, Emanuil Mysko created a portrai of Simeon Pyzh, Lemko cultural figure in emigration. It was erected in Lemko Resort in Monroe, New York.
The sculptor regularly participates in art shows. In May 1979, the Lvov Museum of Ukrainian Art hosted his one-man exhibition which, in a way, summed up the sculptor’s creative accomplishments over a 25-year period.
No less famous are Emanuil Mysko’s monumental works. He is one of the authors of the monuments to Ivan Franko in Lvov (1964) and in Drohobych, the Combat Glory monument (1970) in Lvov.
For quite a few years the sculptor was the Chairman of the Lvov Branch of the Artists’ Union of the Ukraine. He also worked as a teacher at the Lvov Institute of Decorative and Applied Art. At present, Professor Mysko is a member of the Presidium of the Boards of the Artists’ Union of the Ukraine and the USSR Artists’ Union. In addition, he is Chairman of the Lvov Branch of the Cultural Fund.
In 1964 Emanuil Mysko was conferred the honorary title of Merited Art Worker of the Ukraine for the development of Ukrainian art. In 1972 he became a laureate of the Taras Shevchenko State Prize of the Ukrainian SSR. In 1979, the sculptor was bestowed the title of People’s Artist of the Ukraine.