Vitaliy Mashchenko was born in Ukraine in 1975, the son of a talented copyist artist Victor Mashchenko. Vitaliy got all his painting skills from him and is very grateful for the education and skills that were handed down a generation.
As a young artist, he was far from originality and his present style. Looking back his future was probably predetermined, because from an early age he was doing what he loved and it worked out. But he was inexperienced, full of ambitions and yet at the same time full of doubts. So Mashchenko left behind his ambitions in pictorial art and did not paint for many years instead engaged creative side through a career in graphic design.
However, his inner desire to paint stayed strong and he he eventually picked up his brushes again and is now back at the easel and painting again. He finds it hard to define what really was the trigger for this change in direction, other than saying that this is where he is happiest as it gives him the pleasure of feeling that he is in his natural state as an artist.
At first, the original doubts resurfaced, there was a fear that all his skills had been forgotten. Yet, during this second rebirth as an artist, he began to use a palette knife and understood that this style of painting was definitely his.
"I started painting for myself and I did it the way I liked it. In sometime I felt I needed to share my works with people andsee their response. Surprisingly, people liked my works. I was so inspired that I went on and on. Why do I paint nature? I can’t say for sure… I also would like to try painting portraits. However, impressionism is closer to me. Actually, anything could be painted in that style, but nature is still my favorite line. I don’t want to rush things, I let them take their normal course. At present, I am happy to share my mood through painted nature and I am more than happy to know that there are people who like my art. It is good to know that my works make people happy or appease them, or maybe give something to the viewer or somehow help." - Vitaliy Mashchenko