Archipenko was born in Kaharlyk in the Russian Empire to Porfiry Antonowych Archipenko and Poroskowia Vassylivna Machowa. He was the older brother to sculptor Alexander Archipenko. In his young adulthood, Eugene Archipenko was employed as a beekeeper and from 1906 to 1909 published the periodical Українське бджільництво ("Ukrainian Beekeeper"). Archipenko taught agronomy at St Vladimir University in Kiev and published a number of textbooks on agronomy and beekeeping.
From 1919 to 1920 Archipenko was a minister of Agrarian Affairs in the Council of People's Ministers of the Ukrainian People's Republic. In 1921, he was forced into exile. He lived in Germany from 1944 and died in Dornstadt, West Germany.
- T.S. Ostashko, "Eugene Porfirovych Archipenko", Handbook of the History of Ukraine (1993).
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