Katarina Vavrova

1964

She was born on August 23

1979 – 1983

Secondary School of Applied Arts –Department of Graphic Arts (Jozef Dusík)

1984 – 1990

Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava – Department of Book Illustration (Albín Brunovský and Karol Ondreička)

1989

Scholarship at Accademia delle Belle Arti, Perugia, Italy
She works in graphic arts, Ex Libris prints, painting and drawing.


The work of Katarína Vavrová has a special and important place in the context of Slovak contemporary art. She appeared on the Slovak art scene in the early 1990s after graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava in 1990, where she studied under Professors Albín Brunovský and Karol Ondreička in the Department of Book Illustration. Since the beginning she has been consistent with and remained faithful to her aptitude for figural depiction and has developed it into a unique and unrepeatable graphic and painterly form. The originality of her imaginative and poetic expression has attracted great interest abroad and she has received awards at several world-renowned exhibitions of bookplates, prints and paintings.

Katarína Vavrová’s paintings are imbued with fertile imagination, with her ability to combine real fragments of memories and experiences with fascinating dreamlike figures of women and angels, animal and plant motifs, landscapes, architecture and ornaments. The amazing rhythm of lines, her delicate drawing softly embracing and characterizing faces and forms, is enhanced by color – magically vibrating, rich, bold, soft, pulsating with unusual shades, halftones, configurations and highlights. The delicate calligraphy of lines and dramatic hatching, and impressive colors are set against the rich textural surface. The artist masterfully exploits beautiful relief lines of Japanese handmade paper and permeats them with structures, colours, shapes and stories. Everything is indicated, and endowed with new meanings and it only depends on the viewer’s sensitivity to comprehend and decipher these expressive metaphors.

Reverberating with imagination and allegory, Katarína Vavrová’s figurative paintings undoubtedly represent the peak of the imaginative and poetic line in Slovak contemporary art. Her permanent dialogues on human alienation and reconciliation, on the emotional states of the soul swept by the whirl of struggles and doubts, are exceptional and unique.

PhDr. Danica Lovišková