Tatiana Stropkaiová

Tania Stropkaiová

(1993 - Košice, Slovakia)

Graduated in Visual Arts in Košice. She is currently attending the Biennium of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts of L’Aquila. She works mainly with paint, through which she carries out extensive research to understand how obsession, repetition and fidelity to a subject affect the entire creative process of an artist.

Recent participations: Biennale Urbana, EX Caserma PEPE, Venice (2018); Disfunzionale, curated by Italo Zuffi, Hotel Canadian, L’Aquila (2017); Appuntamento ad Amiternum, curated by Franco Fiorillo and Stefano Ianni, Amiternum Archeological Area, L’Aquila (2017); Sola, curated Adam Szentpétéry, Vychodoslovenska gallery, Kosice (2016).

Artistic Residencies

2018-2019
three-year plan of manifatturanaturacultura

La Cura

Venetian

2018/2019
oil on canvas
variable dimensions

Venezian was born of a desire to approach painting through repetition. It is a series of paintings of various dimensions, based on an original source image which is then freely replicated. This repetition assumes the central role in the artistic process and highlights the uniqueness of every reproduced ‘artefact’. This method allows the artist to free themselves from preconceived concepts about painting and, at the same time, ties them to the repeated image, establishing a kind of fidelity to it.

To create these paintings, the author took the “source image” (Frank Duveneck, Venetian girl, 1880) with the intention of creating a copy and, during the execution phases, she transformed it into a new entity. Decisions about colour – whether to use an intense or attenuated palette – derived from the immediate emotional reaction that she had towards the painting at that specific moment.

In this series, the colours are quite monochromatic and low-key. The figure in the painting is almost hidden, the viewer has to make an effort to find her. What the artist is interested in portraying is an intimate aspect of this character, going beyond the purely figurative dimension and entering into a dynamic, elusive and lively atmosphere, and thanks to this we are able to understand the vulnerable, often melancholy, state of the subject. These images are like emotional figures, evoking particular moods that can only be experienced profoundly in solitude.