Randy Hryhorczuk is a Canadian visual artist born in Vancouver, British Columbia, 1974.
Randy grew up in the wild, rural countryside of B.C’s lower mainland where forests and rivers were his childhood playground. Endless summer days were spend exploring the woods, playing make-believe among the trees. Comic books, Saturday morning cartoons and a love of music fuelled creativity and continue to do so as an artist.
As an adult Randy lived in city of Vancouver where he rented his first art studio before moving to Toronto, Ontario to pursue figure painting. Toronto’s welcoming visual arts community lead to inclusion in group art exhibitions and new opportunities.
Influenced by modern design, Randy explored abstraction with a group of paintings inspired by architecture and urban sprawl. In late 2003 he started a series of minimalist landscape paintings that would lead to gallery representation and interest from the interior design community. In 2007, Randy relocated to Guatemala City, Guatemala with his wife. This two year period was spent drawing, painting, reading, visiting museums and traveling throughout Central America; frequently returning to Canada for art exhibitions and deliveries.
The density of Guatemala City re-ignited his interest in the urban landscape, producing a body of landscape paintings focussed on billboard. Simple messages replaced advertising with messages of encouragement, hope, and social commentary. Life in Guatemala was punctuated with frequent air travel. Long hours spent alone in airports inspired his airplane painting series, in which clusters of low flying passenger airliners.
Urban and suburban life has been an ongoing influence on subject matter – exploring mall rides, vintage cars, payphones and other typically mundane subjects that draw on Randy’s deeply rooted fascination with memory and childhood. Everyday objects and structures that are often overlooked or exist outside of our periphery continue to draw interest.
Randy is a self-taught artist. He has shown publicly at galleries and art fairs since 2000 in Canada, The United States and Germany. His artwork can be found in private and corporate collections in Canada, the United States, Great Britain and Guatemala. Randy currently paints at his home studio and is represented by contemporary art galleries in Toronto and Ottawa.