Since 2014 Ruslan has shifted his focus to documenting events that changed our country and defined its path into the future. He started documenting Maidan and the fight for freedom that followed. Over the following years, through his work, the defenders of freedom of the Azov Regiment became his second family, his brotherhood. During the current invasion, Ruslan has been embracing the tasks faced by Ukrainian press members to document events in Irpin, Bucha, Kyiv, Chernihiv, in the southern and eastern regions.
Amongst his praised documentaries, Ruslan’s well-known titles are Maidan, Two days in Illovaisk, Shirokino, Brother for Brother. Driven by history of his own family, stories of his father that mined coal in a soviet labor camp, Ruslan is also a first generation free-born Ukrainian. By a technical definition that is a virtue highly valued and cherished by many Ukrainians, something that has a deep meaning to many of us. It drives Ukrainians to fight for democracy, because we all have seen that the alternative includes mass rape, murder, filtration camps, and contemporary slavery. Something no human is willing to accept in the 21st century.
Rusivlan is a collective studio for photographers and artists that share their passion for Ukraine and support each other on their paths fighting for freedom. This is what unique about Rusivlan – here artist communicate, inspire and support each other, collaborate in many ways and share resources and ideas. Here, you find another brotherhood, a brotherhood of passionate hearts that utilize their talents to inform the world that fight for democracy will never cease, as we will always support each other and work towards the common good.
Finished school with a Gold medal.
He graduated from Art School in Ivano-Frankivsk.
For 7 years he personally studied painting with Vladimir Chernyavsky.
1998 Polytechnic University, Lviv, Ukraine
1999 received an invitation to study at Harvard University, USA.
At Harvard, he studied at the Historical and Literary Department, attended a course on the history of Ukrainian literature of the 20th century.
2000 Carpathian National University, Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine.
Selected works by Roman Bonchuk