Ukraine, Artist Polina Rayko, farmer, Painted House in Tsurupinsk, Versus Putin, President of Russia who has Invaded Ukraine
Ukraine. Artist Polina Rayko, farmer, she started paint in old age, her painted house is in Tsurupinsk near Kherson. 1928-2004This is Ukraine. Artist Polina Rayko, farmer, she started paint in old age, her painted house is in Tsurupinsk near Kherson. 1928-2004.
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Polina Rayko’s Artwork, Life and Times
Polina Rayko (her original name was Pelaheya Soldatova) was born in April 1928 in the small Ukrainian town of Oleshky. She married Mykola Rayko at the age of 22. Polina at that time had no interest in painting. She led a life typical of a Soviet woman – she worked hard and devoted herself to her family.
The Raykos had few means. They worked at a kolkhoz (a collective farm) and also did work for hire, grew fruits and vegetables in their kitchen garden, and generally tried to do their best. The couple brought up two children, a boy and a girl.
Late in life, Polina met with hard times. In 1994, her daughter Olena died tragically in a road accident and her husband Mykola passed away a year later. Instead of supporting his mother, her son drank heavily and made trouble. Later, he was imprisoned.
To keep from going mad with grief, the woman, to her own surprise, began to paint. She created her first paintings at the age of 69. The walls of her house became her “canvas.” She used the cheapest paints – enamel floor colors. But neither lack of experience nor her use of low-cost art supplies got in the way of her desire to realize herself.
Painting became therapy for Polina Rayko, alleviating her loneliness and allowing her to appreciate herself more. She was sincerely surprised how she found subjects for her frescoes and ways of embodying her thoughts, considering that except for a few times at school, she had never before held a brush in her hands.
The self-taught painter made all her frescoes in the same manner, with no free space between them – all her paintings are like one continuous mural. Granny Polina’s subjects are sometimes taken from her own life.
One wall of her living room is covered with life-size portraits of her sisters. All are long-haired with big wings behind their backs. Little angels and white pigeons fly around them in a blossoming magical garden.
On another wall Polina depicts herself in a wedding gown beside her husband. Fantastic flowers and birds of paradise surround the newly married couple.
If granny Polina had known that high officials and famous painters would troop through her house to look at her wall paintings, she’d have thought it a dream. It wasn’t for fame when the retired Polina Rayko began to paint on the walls of her house. For over 15 years the painter has been with the saints, but the images she created remain alive and inspire others.
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Polina Rayko Versus Vladimir Putin
Mrs. Polina Rayko was a simple working-class person, who went through her life with unfortunate and suffering incidents. But she overcame problems and discovered that artwork could make her free and happier than in her younger years. I can imagine how happy she could be to spent the end of her life for more than 15 years using her imagination, and creating artwork that will last for future generations to enjoy. I admire her work and her ability to share and make others see that one good human being can create a positive atmosphere for the world.
At this moment, Russia has invaded Ukraine, the homeland of Polina Rayko, by the order of one man, Vladimir Putin. He has already created more than one million refugees so far, as they run away from Russian bombs that destroyed their houses and all the possessions of their lives. Vladimir Putin came from the poor family. By any means possible, he has acquired great wealth in the multi-billions of dollars. He climbed from being KGB officer to become the president of Russia for more than 20 years. With all this wealth and power, he can do a lot of good things. Even though he cannot paint like Polina Rayko, he can build museums that cultivate artists to create artwork that Russia and the whole world can admire and enjoy. Aside from this, he could help the world reduce global warming by using science to discover new inventions to reduce global warming. This could help prevent the rise of the sea water that may inundate the coastlines of the entire world. Using his power, he can do many things to make the world better and happier. But he selects to use his power to subjugate others by sending Russian soldiers to kill and be killed by invading Ukraine, a smaller neighboring country with far less weapons and soldiers than Russia. Now Vladimir Putin threatens the whole world with nuclear weapon if any country intervenes with his operation. He is able to make the whole world unhappy and on edge, afraid that we might have a third World War.
Let us look at these two humans’ lives, Mrs. Polina Rayko, versus Mr. Vladimir Putin. Who is more peaceful, and who has more value? The world is troubled by many problems. We need leadership that brings peace and happiness for their own countries and the world. We need peace and togetherness as one humanity to solve the issue of global warming. We all will not survive if global temperature is warmer than now.
Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Sunday, March 6, 2022
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