Lviv Personality


Issue 59, July 2013.
Alexander Aksinin’s legacy is apparent and a self-evident given, for all connoisseurs of contemporary Eastern European art. Yet at the same time it is rather difficult to define his artistic personality; he could probably be more accurately described as the "Master of Lviv". For many centuries his native Lviv was an amazing multicultural enclave, which enriched Aksinin’s works with a perfect natural "landscape" background, from which his fantasies grew. His style is not easy to define according to any standard, however due to sophisticated etching technique, precision and perfectionist attention to details, Aksinin is known also as “Dürer of Lviv”.

Ukrainian Designer Roksolana Bogutska

Issue 55, March 2013.
Roksolana Bogutska has been creating fashion collections flavoured with Ukrainian folk style for years. Among her fans is Ukrainian First Lady Kateryna Yushchenko, known for her passion for folk dresses. It was Bogutska who created a dress that Kateryna Yushchenko wore to the presidential inauguration in 2005. Also among her regular clients are Ukrainian pop stars Ruslana and Natalka Karpa. Bogutska combines traditional Ukrainian embroidery and beading with modern clothing design. She prefers to work exclusively with natural materials, such as silk, wool and cotton. Also, Bogutska is the first Ukrainian designer to begin using fur in her designs.


Issue 51, November 2012.
The Ukrainian cyber sport scene never stands still, it is constantly moving, changing, growing - magazines, cyber sport TV shows, sponsored gamers and teams are present more than ever. There is a clear trend towards a rapidly developing and solid e-sports future. Today the Dota, which includes the Warcraft III Mod Defense of the Ancients and its stand-alone sequel Dota2, are amongst the most popular electronic sports games played professionally in the country. Dota2, a multi-player online battle arena game, is known for its long lasting matches—comparable to chess on speed.

It is worth exploring the local cuisine of Lviv!

Issue 46, May 2012.
For many years, Kiki Baron, as an author and travel writer for major magazines and newspapers including Vogue, Gourmet, Lufthansa Magazine, Merian and GeoSaison and the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, FAZ and Welt am Sonntag, has travelled worldwide researching where to go, finding original locations and meeting all sorts of people. A true expert on any destination she covers, as she visits all the places she writes about, in order to know them inside and out — A German journalist, an expert on travel and an author of many books on the world’s most interesting countries and cuisines, Kiki Baron came to visit Lviv at the end of April. During her stay Kiki Baron kindly took time out of her busy schedule to give a short interview to Lviv Today and shared some of her impressions about our city as well as gave best tips for Lviv’s future.

Legendary Leopolitans No. 13: Olena Kulchytska, Arts without borders

Issue 45, April 2012.
Olena Kulchytska is indisputably one of the most prominent Ukrainian artists of the 20th century. During her lifetime her paintings were exhibited at nearly sixty shows in Ukraine and abroad in cities including Kyiv, Lviv, Berlin, Brussels, Warsaw, Vienna, Helsinki, Cracow, Moscow, Paris, Poznan, Prague, Rome, Toronto, and Chicago. A 1987 UNESCO resolution, commemorating the 100th anniversary of her birth on an international scale, points to her outstanding talent

Interview with designers ‘Yassen Samouilov’ and ‘Livia Stoianova’, creators of the stylish brand ‘On Aura Tout Vu’

Issue 44, March 2012.
Lviv Fashion Week will be proud to welcome for the very first time to Ukraine, the world famous designers ‘Yassen Samouilov’ and ‘Livia Stoianova’, creators of the stylish brand ‘On Aura Tout Vu’. They have previously created accessories for big names such as Christian Dior, Christian Lacroix, and Givenchy, to name but a few. In 2002 the brand introduced its first collection of Haute Couture and is now a visiting member of the French Federation of Fashion and a permanent member of Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week. On the eve of their first visit to Ukraine, Lviv Today had a unique opportunity to talk to the two designers about what inspires them, and how they feel about Ukrainian fashion.

Legendary Leopolitans No. 12: Les Kurbas Creator of the Modern Ukrainian Theatre

Issue 44, March 2012.
Les' Kurbas (1887-1937) was a prominent Ukrainian artist, founder of the modern national theatre, actor, producer, civil activist, translator-polyglot, and one of the leaders of the national-cultural movement known as 'The Assassinated Renaissance', which represented an age of hope for a renaissance and Ukraine's secession from Russia.


Issue 44, March 2012.
Prior to his arrival in Lviv Alessandro Safina took time out of his schedule to give an interview to Lviv Today.

Volodymyr Sharan : «To work in FC “Karpaty” was my dream»

Issue 43, February 2012.
Sharan started his career with Lviv’s FC Karpaty” in the season of 1989. In 1991 he left for “Dynamo” (Kiev) and as a player was a three times winner of the Ukrainian Championship (1993-95) and also the Ukrainian Cup (1993). Later during 1995—1997, he joined “Dnipro” (Dnipropetrovsk), and FC “LViv”, and in 1998—2000 he returned to FC “Karpaty”. As player of FC “Karpaty” Sharan was a bronze medal winner in Ukraine’s Championship of 1998, and a Ukrainian Cup 1999 finalist with subsequent UEFA Cup qualification. In total, Sharan played 98 matches as an FC “Karpaty” player in the USSR and Ukrainian Championships,scoring 16 goals. He finished his career as a player during 2001–2003 with “Polihraftekhnika” (Oleksandria) and started his coaching career training players of “Kryvbas-2” (Kryvyi Rih), “Zirka” (Kirovohrad), “Zakarpattia” (Uzhhorod), and “PFC” (Oleksandria). On 21st January 2012 he accepted the position of manager at FC “Karpaty” (Lviv).

A Very Modern Master – Mykhailo Dzyndra

Issue 42, January 2012.
Mykhailo Dzyndra, one of Lviv’s most treasured modern artists, was born on 8 November, 1921 in the village of Demnia, Mykolaiv District, Lviv Region. His specialist study began at the Lviv School of Industrial Arts, however in 1944 he emigrated to Bratislava, in the former Czechoslovakia, and then, to avoid the Soviet conflicts, he moved again, to West Germany.