Akexandr Prognimak

Akexandr Prognimak

Patron of arts, collector, deputy of the Kyiv City Council, member of the National Union of Writers of Ukraine, Doctor of Philosophy in Law
Date of Birth: 02.01.1958
Country: Ukraine

Alexander Prognimak: A Biography

Alexander Prognimak, a philanthropist, collector, member of the Kiev City Council, and a member of the National Union of Writers of Ukraine, was born on January 2, 1958, in the city of Donetsk, in a miner's family. He graduated from the Kiev Suvorov Military School and the Higher Military School of Engineering Troops and Signal Corps. From 1986 to 1987, he studied at the Military Academy. From 1975 to 1992, he served in the Armed Forces in officer positions in the Odessa, Turkestan, Far Eastern, and Kiev military districts. From January 1980 to December 1981, he served in special units in Afghanistan. Prognimak left the ranks of the Ukrainian army in 1992, holding the rank of colonel.

Akexandr Prognimak

In 1995 to 2006, he engaged in entrepreneurial activities, consolidating several enterprises into the "Forum" association in the 1990s. In 2006, Alexander Prognimak became the Deputy Head of the Department of Industry and Infrastructure Development of the Shevchenkivskyi District State Administration in Kiev. From 2006 to 2008, he served as the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Kiev Council on Culture and Information Policy. He was also a member of the Public Council under the Kiev City State Administration on Culture, Arts, and Cultural Heritage Protection. In December 2006, he became the Head of the State Environmental Protection Department in Kiev, which is responsible for the ecology of the capital of Ukraine. Since 2006, he has been a member of the Russian-Ukrainian Advisory Board.

Akexandr Prognimak

Alexander Prognimak is the founder of the "Alex Art Awards," which promotes culture, art, and education. Together with the renowned businessman Sergei Taruta, Alexander Prognimak established the "Art Invest" foundation, whose main goal is to repatriate cultural and artistic objects to Ukraine. He also built a church in Chapayevka, Kiev, based on his own designs. In 2009, Alexander Prognimak founded the public organization "Mecenat Club," aimed at reviving and preserving national cultural traditions and promoting Ukrainian art.

Prognimak has been honored with the Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky III degree, the Order of "Sign of Honor," and seven medals. He is a full cavalier of the Order of St. Vladimir. He is one of the most renowned Ukrainian collectors of antiquities, including ancient geographical and astronomical maps, books, icons, and paintings. Experts consider Prognimak's collection of icons (600 icons) to be of national significance. His collection of books, including rarities such as Ivan Fedorov's "Apostle," the Ostrava Bible, Zosima's Bible, and Peter Mogila's "Trebnik," is also considered one of the best in Ukraine. His painting collection includes works by globally recognized artists such as Oleksa Novakivsky, Iosif Bokshai, Fedor Manailo, Anatol Petrytsky, and David Burliuk.

Prognimak's collection of ancient maps consists of approximately 200 old maps. Of particular historical value are two maps from the 1478 Roman edition of Claudius Ptolemy's geographic work, maps by French cartographer and engineer Guillaume Levasseur de Beauplan, and ancient astronomical maps by the renowned German astronomer and mathematician Johann Doppelmayr.

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