Every week, we give you an opportunity to go behind the paintings, and enter the worlds of our talented artists.
This week, we showcase the process and artistry of Dasha ART, Anna Mazzotta and Mirek Struzik
Dasha was born in 1990 in Vitebsk, Belarus. She attended school here and then graduated from Vitebsk Art Academy. This fascinating eastern European city was home to Marc Chagall and the avant-garde movement of Suprematism. It was also where Kazimir Malevich established his UNOVIS school, described as the Bauhaus of the East. From her earliest childhood, Dasha has been engaged in an art that is deeply infused with the legacy of this city, particullarly in its art but also its dance, circus and ballet. These rich creative traditions and cultural roots can clearly be seen in Dasha’s paintings as she synergizes Cubist, Geometric, Suprematist and Ethno-Aesthetic styles to produce her strikingly colourful canvases. It was also the classical art education she received here that inspired Dasha to produce her formal compositions. As Dasha opines ‘People who work with geometries and finished shapes often have a similar character. Not everyone likes to draw lines and simple shapes, this is a feature of some perfectionism and a search for the ideal. Ideal in everything, in life and in pictures. I feel part of this in my character and I try to achieve the ideal’. Although Dasha has experimented with acrylics in her earlier work, her medium of choice is now oil which is perfect to achieve this ideal and her absolute precision of line and colour.
Anna Mazzotta is a professional artist living between London and the West of England. Her work is figurative and combines exquisite draftesmanship, fresh originality and provocative humour; some evoking the lost world of Vaudeville entertainment. Largely working in oil paint and charcoal, the artist is deeply influenced by the splendour, magic, revelry and unsettling, hedonistic life of Weimar Germany. Mazzotta’s work is in notable private collections across the world. She is one of the youngest winners of the prestigious Jerwood Drawing Prize, for originality and excellence. Anna Mazzotta has exhibited in solo and group shows as well as various artist in residence programmes.
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Mirek Struzik graduated as a Master of Fine Arts in 1989 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland, in the department of graphics, painting and sculpture, with sculpture being his specialty. Before gaining this degree, Struzik worked for eight years in various design studios where he obtained several patents for his inventions. He also studied industrial design which enhanced his evident artistic flair with his experimentation of different materials. This experience gave him the ability to start producing some of his unique ‘signature’ structures. His favourite subjects are flowers and plants, and he uses his skill to transform these biological micro-structures into his macro sculptures that have a scale, permanence and dynamism all of their own. Struzik has the ability to transform base metal into something special, and it is the materiality of his hybrid structures that is key to their durability and success. They are made from acid resistant stainless steel, and, while retaining their unique charm in sunlight, they are brought to life by dynamic RGB LED illumination systems at night. This lighting allows them to undergo a spectacular metamorphosis which reveals their true colours when the sun sets, thus offering all those who encounter them the ability to see nature through a totally different perspective. The artist is also very interested in philosophical contemplation and on the condition of humankind and its connection with the absolute and nature, and these topics are especially visible in his series of sculptures DNA, Angel, Nike, Walk, and Return.