Khrystyna Kozyuk was born in the small town of Chortkiv in Ukraine, close to the mountains where her family spent many happy summers. Her early memories flooded with the beauty of nature, surrounded by rivers, lakes, mountains, caves, old towns, castles, and the rich historical and cultural past of her native country. When she was small, her mother observed that she always loved to stare at the colorful threads at the local market and had a passion for bright colors, especially lime-green, which was a magnet for her. Khrystyna’s grandfather taught her how to draw horses, and she would sit on his lap while he would draw. He had been so gifted as a child, that he had drawn portraits and exchanged them for home goods in his village at age 10. This talent clearly carried through the generations.
WORK / EDUCATION
Khrystyna entered and thrived at National Wood Technology University in Lviv for Interior Design, where she took Classical European academic drawing classes. During her studies, she relished living in Lviv, the art capital of western Ukraine, and adored its architecture, museums, and art school environment. Upon graduating from University, Khrystyna moved to the United States in 2005. Like many immigrants, she started from nothing, without formal English training, and no family nearby for support. During these early years in the U.S., she stopped painting in order to sacrifice and survive. She earned a living cleaning offices and studied English at a community college in order to save money for art supplies while learning to adapt to her new homeland. In time, however, her hard work paid off, and Khrystyna soon began studying Interior Design at Triton College in Chicago (set to graduate in Spring 2013).