Constructivism is the artistic movement based on principles of functionalism and favoring mostly simple geometric forms. In painting, constructivism uses abstract combinations of lines, objects, and colored planes.
Vasyl Yermilov has been dubbed the ’Ukrainian Picasso’. In 1910th he studied at the School for Applied Art in Kharkiv and was a member of several art-groups. Under Soviet rule Yermilov designed posters, ‘agit-trains,’ street decorations, billboards, the interiors of public buildings. Yermilov’s synthesis of formalist esthetics, folk designs, and traditional painting methods (including egg tempera) was an important contribution to the development of Ukrainian design of the 1920s. His distinctive style of constructivist collage and typographic design, called constructive-dynamism or spiralism.
Because of his formalist interests Yermilov was forced out of the Soviet art arena from 1930s till 1950s.
In the last years of his life he taught at the Kharkiv Industrial Design Institute (1963–7).
Glory came to him after his death – to the Constructivist, the forerunner of pop art and conceptualism. In 1989 Yermylov’s constructivist composition a “Gorki. 21. I. 1924” was prised 120 000 pounds at Sotheby’s.