My name is Oleh Skoropadsky and I write Byzantine icons.
I am Byzantine Catholic (Eastern Rite Catholic) in Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. My church traditions are very rich as they combine Orthodox and Catholic Church traditions and customs, along with ethnic heritage and folklore that assimilated with our faith.
Painting has always been my favorite pastime since I was a kid. As probably any child I often was asked these questions: 'What do you want to do?' 'Why do you want to do it?' 'And finally, how do you want to do it?' These came out to be very essential questions that basically constitute the logic foundation for our purpose in this world. I chose to paint God, Angels and Saints.
My first introduction to Byzantine iconography happened back in 1996 when I was a 17-year-old art college student. I was then studying stain-glass when Mrs. Mila Mina, iconographer from San Diego, CA, came to Lviv, Ukraine, to decorate our church. I offered to volunteer my time to help. Back then I couldn't imagine that iconography would shape up my entire life. I've been writing Byzantine icons for over 25 years now. Many of my works decorate churches, monasteries and private prayer corners in many counties.
Iconography is the only visual art that mystically brings the Triumphant Church to earth for us to pray, communicate, be heard and grow.
God is mystically present in the Bible, as he is present on the icon. While the Word incarnate, speaks to us through the Gospel, He listens to our prayers when we address Him through His image. Having an Icon at home manifests your official invitation of Our Lord to your house, and once you have Him in, He will listen to you as long as you don't forget to talk to Him. The icon is your window to haven.
Your favorite saints who lived a righteous life and persevered all the way through, are there for you as well, so that they could give you a helping hand when you need it. They are a true super hero our children need to follow.