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Born in former Czechoslovakia, I used to draw and record in my notebooks any curiosities I had come across since early childhood, mostly in a worrying precaution that I might not be able to access that information again. Very soon, computers and internet arrived! Suddenly, a lot of information at your fingertips :) So, from transcribing, I shifted to imagining, and wrote my first short story at around the age of 10. Later, already as an adult, having it found in a drawer after a decade, and read with “new” eyes, I would be quite intrigued by its plot. I would decide that I should never leave those passions unnoticed and dedicate them more attention. Another important part of my childhood and self-determination is related to drawing. I started to draw before I learned to write, and at the age of five, I started to attend art classes, which lasted for several years. During my puberty, I experienced a longer hiatus, which I call a period of darkness, and rediscovered myself only later in my early twenties. That was the time I started to self-educate myself and advance in oils and acrylics.
As unrelated as it may sound, I graduated from International Economic Relations and Diplomacy. I decided not to pursue that path in the condition of the small country like Slovakia and its perceived political and social scene.
Luckily, I had the opportunity to do part of my studies in Italy. Italian culture and artistic heritage have always had a strong influence on me. After exploring better Italian culture, which I consider partly my own, I have grown curious about other cultures too. As a consequence of cultural and linguistic curiosity, I speak English, Italian, Slovak, and Czech fluently, and can communicate on different levels in German, Spanish, French, Polish, Russian, and Chinese. I am interested also in Esperanto as a functional constructed language. Recently, I’ve become interested in and picked up some basics of Portuguese, Hebrew, Greek, and Latin.
In 2012, I did an internship in teaching English in China, which was an invaluable experience. I lived in Chengdu for five months and two months in Beijing. A year later, I returned back to China, to Nanning, from where I travelled with my girlfriend of that time to Vietnam and Cambodia. China and Far East continue to be a strong point of interest to me.
Through art, I’m driven to live the beauty of being, in combination with exploring meanings of philosophical messages that refer to higher spiritual advancement for the betterment of humankind.
My style, as in writing so in painting, reflects human desires and ponders questions of existentialism. I use themes of romance, love, wonder, mystery, spirituality, connection, expressed by the use of surrealistic and symbolic language.
I like classical music, and appreciate pearls of oriental wisdom and western philosophy.
Do you resonate?