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Zdenek Konvalina portrait

Previously a ballet dancer, Konvalina seeks to capture movements in paint. His acrylic painted layers represent the complexity of these movements as each layer creates a specific optical effect within each work.



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Sense of a movement is vital to his work. The artist likes to explore how he can incorporate it when he works with the canvas and paint. 'I suppose it is something I carry over from my performing background'. One of the goals is to create engagement not only through sensory experiences but also through evoking a movement within the viewer, creating a shift as the painting transforms from one side to the other becoming more intense with a decisive presence.
The colours used in paintings often reflect the time when the paintings was created.



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Konvalina: 'I use abstract language, with the goal to evoke a feeling, thought or state in the viewer without distractions and associations that can be imposed by figuration.
I suppose it is a natural development for me from being a performer, as the essence of dance is to evoke emotions and self-reflection, to make people reach into their subconscious. I’m looking to create similar experiences through painting.’



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His works have been included in group exhibitions in London, Toronto, Montreal and Houston. Before fully devoting himself to a painting practice, Konvalina accomplished a distinguished career as a ballet artist, performing and working around the world in America, Asia and Europe and winning numerous awards for his artistic achievements such as the Rolex Award Toronto 2008 and National Dance Award in UK in 2012.
2017 - “Drop” - Set design for choreographic lab, Deutche Oper, Berlin, Germany 2016 - “New works” - Group show, Hatch House, Somerset, UK
2015 - “It’s Ok To Come In” - Group show Ealing, London, UK
2015 - “All possible realities Exist” - Group show Ealing, London, UK
2010 - “Impermanence” - Set design, Maggio Musicale, Florence, Italy
2010 - “ e Landscape” - Collaborative exhibition, Four Seasons Performing Arts Centre, Toronto, Canada 2005 - “Art Digest”- Group show, Montreal, Canada
2003 - “New Paintings” - Solo show, Houston, TX



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Concepts and thoughts that drive Konvalina’s current work is fascinated with how our perception nowadays is influenced by digital media and how our encounter with images is predominantly shaped by the internet. The colours today are digitalised, manipulated, photoshopped. His current body of work “Displays” is his reflection on the digital lifestyle and vast amount of information we consume on daily basis.
The result is an abstract image put behind a “screen” sort of speak separating the viewer from what is hidden behind.



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An exhibition and project with The Art Gallery of Guelph and the Guelph Symphony in Canada in November 2017.