MYKOLA SYADRISTY

The Grandmaster of Micro Art

Mykola Syadristy was born in 1937 in a small village in Ukraine. In the 1960s he worked as an agricultural engineer in the region of Zakarpatska Oblast. During his university studies he read about an Indian man who was trying to write on a hair. He was inspired by this and decided to do the same and create something bigger, i.e. smaller in size. “The Grandmaster of Micro Wonders” made his unique pieces of art, namely the smallest gold objects in the world, between the age of 30 and 50. These works of art of the size of not more than 2 millimetres (0.079 inches), some put together of more than 200(!) pieces, can only be seen under a microscope.

He used special tools and techniques to prepare these objects. With a special breathing technique, he slowed down his heartbeat as his only chance to make these objects was to work on them between two heartbeats.

All his pieces of art, e.g. the chessboard placed on a pinhead, the swallows in one half of a poppy seed, the golden padlock on the end plane of a hair, the smallest book in the world bound with spiderweb, are refined masterpieces.

The micro wonders made by Mykola Syadristy can be seen in permanent exhibitions only in Andorra, Kiev and Szentendre. You can visit this tiny place and appreciate the incredible presentation of human dexterity, patience and concentration here.