about

Average height, brown hair, dark eyes. Katja is a painter, born 1979 in Murska Sobota, Slovenia. Her adventure on the battlefield called Art begun as early as her high school years when she joined LindArt-Young Artists Association in 1995. This gesture highly determined her artistic path while giving an opportunity to be engaged in the regional art scene on both sides of Slovenian-Hungarian border. She annually attended summer Fine Arts Symposiums and participated on numerous group exhibitions, both nationally and internationally.

2003 Katja undertook a student exchange to Dublin’s National College of Art and Design. Being exposed to this culture shock – i.e. different teaching methods gradually purified her artistic expression and interest, bringing clean colours, space and manipulation of perception into the center of her research. 2010 she received her MFA in Painting from Academy of Fine Arts, Ljubljana and since travels the world as a freelancer.

While her artistic research regularly deals with the relationship between a painting and its beholder, the means that she uses to address the viewer unpredictably vary: from humorous almost illustrative imagery all the way to geometrical illusionism.

HER FAVOURITE COCKTAIL: (lendvai) fröcs
CURRENTLY HER FAVOURITE COLOUR: neon pink
HER FAVOURITE HUNGARIAN WORD: mókus
HER FAVOURITE UNFULFILLED AMBITION: learning to play drums

ARTISTS' STATEMENT

My practice is rather introverted, focused on the concrete, physical reality of the medium in use, i.e. painting. The subject of my recent works can best be best understood within the question: “what happens when we look at a painting?” and thus explore the vitality of the relationship between a painting and its beholder, where possibilities of manipulation are of great importance.

I’ve been inspired by that very well known “please, do not touch!” supplement of nearly every painting exhibition. In contrast to our habitual “phony religious” observation from the safe distance, I strive to shape such paintings that would confront the viewer with this accustomed “visual passiveness”; paintings where the old routine object observation won’t get him far. Through its structure the individual painting calls for an active, close (I call it playful) dialogue.

I frequently use a formatted base, or even flexible, multi -layered structures, compound with a method which generates a feasibility of movement. The beholder thus often possesses an option to touch/slide or simple to “play with” the exposed works while following the different phases of the motif.


CV
  • 2010 – MFA degree / painting, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Ljubljana; SLO
  • 2005 – BFA  degree / painting, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Ljubljana; SLO
  • 2003 – student exchange at National College of Art and Design, Dublin, IRL

2007- 2009 / worked with Eva Vasari within the tandem artIchoke

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS – PROJECTS:

  • 2014 – »Never say never« : Ante Trstenjak Gallery, Ljutomer, SLO
  • 2012 – Skodelica toplega mleka : Kino šiška / kamera, Ljubljana, SLO
  • 2011 – Short circuit : instinc, Singapore, SG
  • 2009 – !gnite : (collaboration works with Yeo Shih Yun) The Arts Loft, Singapore, SG
  • 2009 – REFLECTIONS : instinc, Singapore, SG
  • 2009 – soulstriptease [artIchoke] : Gallery TKG, Trieste, IT
  • 2009 – drawings [artIchoke] : Gallery Lek, Ljubljana, SLO
  • 2008 – SHORT CIRCUIT : painting exhibition, Gallery Srečišče, Ljubljana, SLO
  • 2008 – drawings [artIchoke] : SZI, Vienna, AT
  • 2008 – drawings : Der Retzhof Gallery, Letring, AT
  • 2008 – soulstriptease [artIchoke] : Gallery RRRudolf, Maribor, SLO
  • 2008 – drawings & sculptures [artIchoke] : Galerie der Reiffeisenbank; Anger; AT
  • 2008 – soulstriptease [artIchoke] : ega, Vienna, AT
  • 2007 – soulstriptease [artIchoke] : Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia, London, UK
  • 2007 – NAPLAVINE/ALLUVIA : painting exhibition, Gallery Prežihov Voranc, Ljubljana, SLO
  • 2007 – soulstriptease [artIchoke] : Banffy Gallery, Lendava, SLO
  • 2007 – soulstriptease [artIchoke] : Werkbund Gallery, Graz, AT
  • 2007 – soulstriptease [artIchoke] : Red Gallery, Ljubljana, SLO
  • 2005 – “paint my feet” (project with Andrej Carli) : Lonjer, IT
  • 2003 – cooked milk : drawings, The Front Lounge, Dublin, IRL
  • 2003 – CATAPULT : drawings exhibition with Marianne Männi, Juice, Dublin, IRL
  • 2002 – csináltatni kepeket : painting project, Gallery Sinagoga, Lendava, SLO

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS – PROJECTS:

  • 2019 – 4X NEOBREMENJENO : Gallery Equrna, Ljubljana, SLO
  • 2018 – V. Zalaegerszegi Szalon Kiállítás : Városi Hangverseny- és Kiállítóterem, Zalaegerszeg, HU
  • 2017 – kint-bent : Grotta, Tata, HU
  • 2016 – inteam : Szombathely keptar, Szombathely, HU
  • 2016 – Naključja IV : Gallery Murska Sobota, Murska Sobota, SLO
  • 2016 – Ogledalo duše : Várnegyed Galéria, Budapest, HU
  • 2016 – IV. Zalaegerszegi Szalon Kiállítás : Városi Hangverseny- és Kiállítóterem, Zalaegerszeg, HU
  • 2015 – V. Ars Pannonica : Embassy of the Republic of Hungary, Vienna, AT
  • 2015 – V. Ars Pannonica : FLUX Gallery, Budapest, HU
  • 2015 – Fénycsapda : Bánffy Gallery, Lendava, SLO
  • 2014 – MUZE at month of design Ljubljana : Dunajska 123, Ljubljana, SLO
  • 2014 – Color Arts Fesztivál : ex-MMIK, Zalaegerszeg, HU
  • 2014 – “Una citta dove lo spirito creativo entusiasma e soddisfa: Mostra di artisti sloveni da Lendva”: Palazzo Cecchini, Cordovado, IT
  • 2013 – Untitled taped forms : Galerie sonderwunsh, Nussbaumen, CH
  • 2013 – Recent works : GAlerie sonderwunsh, Nussbaumen, CH
  • 2013 – XVI. Mednarodna likovna kolonija : Ljubljana Križanke, SLO
  • 2013 – Rejtőzködő Muravidék : Magyarság háza, Budapest, HU
  • 2012 – “és vegyünk rajta egy üveg bort…” : MMIK – Médium Galéria, Szombathely, HU
  • 2011 – Squares invasion : INSTINC, Singapore, SG
  • 2011 – Együtt : Balatoni museum, Keszthely, HU
  • 2011 – Magyar fesztészet napja : Malom galleria, Szentendre, HU
  • 2011 – TRANSCOM.hu : Kortárs Magyar Galéria, Dunajská Streda, SK
  • 2011 – Mladi umetniki pomurja : Galerija murska sobota, SLO
  • 2011 – fore : instinc, SLOngapore, SG
  • 2009 – ArtJoke(r)s : instinc (partner program of the SLOngapore Art Show ’09; Art is___?), SG
  • 2009 – 20 years after [artIchoke] : MOYA, Vienna, AT
  • 2008 – premiera17 : Gallery for contemporary art, Celje, SLO
  • 2008 – “goodbye Hiro!” : Galerie Washaus, Berlin, DE
  • 2008 – Artville ’08 : Tempelhof, Berlin, DE
  • 2008 – Fauna [artIchoke] : Workshop gallery, Bialystok, PL
  • 2008 – 6th international comics’ showroom : SKC, Srećna galerija, Beograd, RS
  • 2008 – 2.m (multi-,inter-, neo-, trans-, …) : Gallery Miklova hiša, Ribnica, SLO
  • 2008 – Vabljeni mladi 08 : Gallery DLUM, Maribor, SLO
  • 2008 – Mladi ustvarjalci Pomurja : Gallery Murska Sobota, Murska Sobota, SLO
  • 2008 – “DRAW IN” [artIchoke]: 00130Gallery, Helsinki, FIN
  • 2007 – MIXED SHOW-CONTEMPORARY BALKAN ART : Gallery SULUV, Novi Sad, RS
  • 2007 – KULTUR DER LETZTEN DINGE [artIchoke]: Künstlerhaus Graz, AT
  • 2007 – Terminal00 [artIchoke]: Westbourne Studios, London, UK
  • 2007 – exhibition of works by Artists from Lendava : Várnegyed Galéria, Budapest, HU
  • 2006 – 7. Slovenian Biennial of Illustration : Gallery CD, Ljubljana, SLO
  • 2005 – exhibition of works from the LINDart collection : Gallery Írókéz, Szombathely, HU
  • 2004 – Exhibition of graduands at the Academy of Fine Arts Ljubljana : Gallery Murska Sobota, Murska Sobota, SLO
  • 2004 – Unsere Nachbarn : Kunst & Wirtschaftshaus Rohrbach, Weistrach, AT
  • 2004 – Unsere Nachbarn : TIZ ST. Florian, St.Florian, AT
  • 2002 – Komplemente parade (art project): Zalaegerszeg, HU

International Artist Residencies & symposiums

  • AVG 2017 : International Art Colony Hegyvidek, Budapest, HU
  • JUL 2014 : 51. Painters colony Izlake Zagorje, Izlake, SLO
  • JUL 2013 : 16. International Art Colony Križanke, Ljubljana, SLO
  • JAN – APR 2011 : A.I.R. @ INSTINC, Singapore
  • SEP 2009 : A.I.R. @ INSTINC, Singapore
  • AVG 2009 : Művészetek Megyéje – Zala II., Zalaegerszeg/Balatongyörök, HU
  • AVG 2008 : Művészetek Megyéje – Zala I., Zalaegerszeg/Felsőrajk, HU
  • JUL 2008 : LindArt “co-operate” Vol. II, Lendava, SLO
  • JUL 2007 : LindArt “co-operate” Vol. I, Lendava, SLO
  • JUL 1997-2006 : LindArt MMLK, Lendava, SLO
  • MAY 2008 : VINO-ART 5, Dobrovnik, SLO
  • JUN 2004 : ARTeden, Lonjer, IT

published works

  • 2009 – Go.Muki; comics series Vestnik, SLO
  • 2008 – Minka&Mozes; comics series [artIchoke], Vestnik, SLO
  • 2005 – [artIchoke] Illustrations for : Srčni napadi v rumenih globinah, Andrej Carli, ZTT Trieste, IT