Mikhail Zhuk (October 2, 1883, Kakhovka - June 7, 1964, Odesa)
He studied at the Kyiv School of Art of Mykola Murashko (1896-1899), the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture (1899-1900; teachers Konstantin Korovin, Valentin Serov), graduated from the Krakow Academy of Arts (1904; teachers Stanislav Mespyagsky, Jan Stanis). One of the founders of the Ukrainian Academy of Arts in Kyiv (1917). In Odesa: 1925–1932 - head of graphic and ceramic workshops of the Art Institute; teacher of drawing, graphics, and ceramics of the art school (1932–1955, with breaks).
The creativity and techniques of Mykhailo Zhuk is a rare example of Ukrainian culture in terms of its diversity: painter, master of various graphic forms, and decorative panels, decorative painting and artistic ceramics, outstanding ornamentalist, theatrical artist, master of book design, teacher, a brilliant virtuoso of font compositions, enthusiastic font composition, (poet, novelist, playwright, storyteller, translator). One of the first Ukrainian symbolists. Like other prominent Ukrainian art figures, Mykhailo Zhuk was erased from the history of art for many years. The artist's creative heritage has been preserved through the efforts of private collectors, including Taras Maksymyuk.