M. Sosenko and M. Boychuk
Modest Sosenko and Mikhajlo Boychuk became two of the first Ukrainian painters to receive the support of the Metropolitan.
In 1901, while studying in Munich, Sosenko was already a scholar of Metropolitan Sheptytsky. Thus, the Metropolitan financed his studies in Paris. After coming back to Lviv, Sosenko decorated several Greek Catholic churches with his works. In 1914-1915, he made murals for the hall of the M. Lysenko Musical Institute, which became "the search for Ukrainian national features of the secession style." Sheptytsky personally took care of Modest, who was seriously ill after returning from the front during the First World War. He spent his last days in the Metropolitan Chambers.
In 1905, with the financial backing of the Metropolitan, M. Boychuk went to study in Munich and then in Paris. In 1910 M. Boychuk organized a group of young artists in Paris who called themselves the school of "Restoration of Byzantine Art."
He believed that Byzantine art "... had a direct impact on Ukrainian culture throughout many centuries." Sosenko and Boychuk were very different as artists go, and represented different directions of the creative search.
However, both can serve as an example of how Sheptytsky sought to revive Ukrainian art: through the original transformation of native elements and Byzantine tradition, the use of theoretical and practical knowledge, and the sensual and material experience gained at Western schools.