Mykola Benedyshchuk was born in Ukraine in 1958. He is a graduate of famous Surikov Art Academy in Moscow, Russia and a graduate of the renowned Icon Painting Institute in Thessalonike, Greece.
In 1996 Mykola founded “NIKOSH”, the first Studio-School of Iconography in Khmelnitsky, Ukraine, where currently over 40 students are mastering the art of iconography. The Icons have been displayed in numerous exhibits in Ukraine, exhibits in Poland, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, 3 exhibits in the United States, as well as exhibits in Greece and Mexico.
Mykola Benedyschuk’s icons can be found in the Vatican, the Presidential Palace, in monastaries and churches in many countries.
1996–97 Number of exhibitions in different cities of Ukraine
Exhibition in the National Culture Fund (Kyiv, Ukraine)
1998 Exhibition in the Parliament (Kyiv, Ukraine)
1999 Exhibition at Jock MacDonald gallery (San Francisco, USA)
Exhibition in Modesto, USA
Founded Museum of Ukrainian Canonical Icon in California, USA
Kyiv Pecherska Lavra, Kyiv, Ukraine
Palace of Culture, Kyiv, Ukraine
Restoration painting of St. Iowa Pochaiv church, Khmelnitsky, Ukraine
2000 Exhibition in Hawaii, USA, organised by student of M. Benedyshchuk
Exhibition in the Dominican Order, “Gold Sea”, Office of Vatican
in California, USA
2001 Exhibition in Mexico
Number of Exhibitions in Ukraine
2002 Exhibition in city Peremshle, Poland
Exhibition in the National Culture Fund, Kyiv, Ukraine
2003 Exhibition in Kyiv Pecherska Lavra, Kyiv, Ukraine
Numerous Exhibitions in Ukraine
2004 Exhibition in Modesto, USA (11th international culture event “Friendship”) Exhibition city Bor, Yugoslavia
2005 M. Benedyshchuk receives highest award from National
Culture Fund; “For developing culture in Ukraine”
M. Benedyshchuk becomes “Honored Artist of Ukraine”, the highest award in Ukraine for artists
Exhibition “Windows into the Soul” Toronto, Canada :
Ukrainian National Federation, St. Volodymyr Cathedral; and annual show: “Expressions in Art” St. Volodymyr Cultural Center
2006 M. Benedyshuck becomes “Man of the Year” in city of Khmelnitsky,
Ukraine for his role in Ukrainian culture.
Exhibit in Vilnius Ukrainian Embassy, Lithuania
Exhibit in Ukrainian Parliament, Kyiv