On November 14, 2014, on the ground floor of the hotel 'Europa' in the city of Rakhiv, Museum of Hutsul Carving of Yuriy Pavlovych was opened. In the museum, there are very unique plates, shepherd's axes, candlesticks and horns carved by a master Yuriy Pavlovych. All the works are only in one copy because the carver doesn't sell them in order to complete one integral encyclopedia of Hutsulshchyna. He uses diverse techniques — carving, dry carving, inlay with tombac, with nails made of copper or tin alloy, with beads, bone or nacre.
Yuriy Pavlovych was born on May 10, 1942 in the village of Chynadiyevo in Zakarpattia oblast. After his graduation from high school, he had been working as a carpenter for a year, and later he did military service in the North Caucasus. Yuriy was getting ready to enter the Lviv Institute of Applied and Decorative Art. But he managed to do it only after the third attempt. He studied furniture and interior design.
In 1971, the master graduated from the institute and was offered to work as a chief architect engineer of Mukachevo that was a very prestigious position. Instead of it, Yuriy started working in the art souvenir factory in the village of Drachyno. He also worked in Svaliava district and Uzhhorod. After a while, he moved to Kosiv where there were some art-production associations that consolidated carvers well-known in his native land. Kosiv, according to Yuriy, became his main university. It was here that, besides production tasks, the master performed different creative projects, and since the seventies has started to exhibit his works very actively.
His first personal exhibition of creative works took place at Музеї народного мистецтва Гуцульщини та Покуття in 1983. Soon exhibitions actively held in Kolomyia, Kosiv, Uzhhorod and Kyiv have started to receive positive reviews and excite specialists' in applied art as well as visitors' admiration.
In 2002, Yuriy Pavlovych won a prize — Grand Prix at ХІІ International Hutsul Festival. In 2004, he became the laureate of the Art Prize named after Danylo Shcherbakivskyi. And in 2005, he was given the title of Honoured Master of Folk Art of Ukraine by the Presidential Decree. The master has been living and working in Rakhiv since 2011.