People's Artist of Ukraine

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People's Artist of Ukraine
TypeOrder of merit - Honorific title
CountryUkrainian SSR / Ukraine

People's Artist of Ukraine is an honorary and the highest title awarding to outstanding performing artists whose merits are exceptional in the sphere of the development of the performing arts (theatre, music, dance, circus, cinema, etc.).

Established in 1922 during Soviet times, it was technically called People's Artist of the Ukrainian SSR (Народний артист УРСР). With the establishment of independent Ukraine, this tradition was kept and the title was renamed as People's Artist of Ukraine (Народний артист України).

Its recipients include many of the most highly acclaimed composers, dancers, singers, musicians, film and theatre directors, actors, circus performers, etc.

During Soviet times, a person was usually named People's Artist only after reaching the age of 40. Exceptions were made for ballet artists.

In 2005 the vocalist of the Ukrainian band Vopli Vidplyasova Oleh Skrypka refused to accept the title.

There also is[original research?] another honorary title, the Distinguished Artist of Ukraine («Заслужений артист України»), which is considered less important. Typically, the People's Artist award is given at least 10 years after one has earned the Distinguished Artist of Ukraine award.[2]

List of selected recipients[edit]

People's Painter of Ukraine[edit]

Theatre, cinema[edit]

Just some of those awarded the honorary title in the fields of cinema and theatre are:


Some of those awarded the honorary title in the field of dance are:


Some of those awarded the honorary title in the field of music are:



See also[edit]


  1. ^ The first laureate of the People's Artist of Ukraine was Maria Zankovetska in 1922. Great Soviet Encyclopedia
  2. ^ "Standing Ovation: American Musical Conductor Hobart Earle Emerges as People's Artist of Ukraine | U.S. Embassy Kyiv Blog". Archived from the original on 2013-10-12. Retrieved 2013-08-20.
  3. ^ Selenzev, V. E. (2003). "Бєлозьорова Лідія Олексіївна" [Lydia Oleksiivna Belozyorova]. Encyclopedia of Modern Ukraine (in Ukrainian). Vol. 2. Retrieved 19 October 2022.
  4. ^ (in Russian) Biography Yuri Ilyenko Archived 2013-05-15 at the Wayback Machine,
  5. ^ Stepanova ballet academy
  6. ^ "Біографія". (in Ukrainian). Алла Кудлай. Retrieved 17 March 2022.
  7. ^ "Jamala awarded title of People's Artist of Ukraine. PHOTO".