Art creation is love, magic and addiction. Struggle, joy, doubt, absorption.

I create painted, mostly figurative, finely stylized collages, in which I supplement the characters with customary and my own symbols. The idea is also indicated through the placement of elements in an environment in which they do not seem to belong, the expression and attitude of the figures, personification of abstract concepts, the mood of the landscape, the color, the technique used, the delicacy of the structure or shape of the base, or references to cultural contexts. I connect the real and the imaginary.

I deal with interpersonal relations, human rights or social problems, but also fairy tales and myths, which have fascinated me since my artistic beginnings. These centuries-old stories are gateways to other worlds. In realistic works, I look for subtle melancholic beauty in the world that surrounds us.

The art movements that attract me most are magic realism, surrealism, pop surrealism, romanticism and symbolism. I admire works from the period of Belle Epoque, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Preraffaelites, and Golden age of Illustration and Arts and crafts movement. I am fascinated by science fiction and fantasy.

In my work prevail traditional art techniques: especially oil painting, mixed technique (pencil, watercolor, tempera, crayons), acrylic. I create wall drawings and paintings. I also work in digital painting, photography, design and handmade jewelry, clothing, and home accessories. I enjoy experimenting, interconnecting traditional and digital techniques, trying or inventing new methods.

Ing. Zuzana Dolinay, DiS.

I was born in 1984 in Žilina. Creation has fascinated me from my childhood. I like to connect a fantasy world with a real world, personify abstract concepts, or express them using symbols.

I have been working as a freelance artist since 2011. I create freely, as well as custom work for clients, mainly using traditional art techniques.

Since 2019, I have been studying painting at the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica.

Most often I create oil paintings, drawings, or I combine different techniques.

For art lovers and creators I founded the Facebook group Golden pencil and Facebook page Atelier

I am married and live with my husband in Turie near Žilina, Slovakia, where I also have my studio.


Education, courses

  • since 2019 – Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica, Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Painting, led by Professor Ľudovít Hološka, academic painter and Department of Painting-graphic, led by doc. Mgr. art. Ján Triaška, ArtD.
  • 2018 – SZUS Martin, Mgr. art. Ivan Illovský
  • 2017 – two-day course of oil portrait painting by Ukrainian hyperrealistic painter Alexander Pavlov in Pavlov near Prague
  • 2014 – 2017: Glass design, post-secondary studies at the Secondary School of Glass in Lednice, DiS degree.
  • 2016: ZUŠ Žilina – art department, academic painter Marián Čapka
  • 2013: ZUŠ Žilina – art department, academic sculptor Ondrel Lipták
  • 2009 – 2012: University of Žilina, Faculty of Special Engineering, field of study: Security Management, PhD study, unfinished
  • 2004 – 2009: University of Žilina, Faculty of Special Engineering, specialization: Security Management, Ing. degree


Awards

  • Výtvarné spektrum (Art Spectrum) 2014, honorable mention in the regional round and advance to the national round in category D
  • Tvorba (Creation) 2014, 3rd place in regional round in category D
  • Výtvarné spektrum 2012, honorable mention in the regional round and advance to the national round in category C
  • Tvorba 2012, 1st place in regional round in category C
  • Výtvarné spektrum 2010, Honorable Mention in the regional round, advance to the national round in category C
  • Tvorba 2010, 1st place in regional round in category C
  • Výtvarné spektrum 2009, honorable mention in the regional round and advance to the national round in category C
  • Tvorba 2009, 1st place in regional round in category C
 

Selected work experience

  • from 2011 to the present: freelance in field of art and design
  • 2011: painter of exclusive collectible wooden figures, Lotte Sievers Hahn, s.r.o
  • 2010 – 2011: lecturer of art workshops for kids in CVČ Rajecké Teplice
 

Press

  • Oxford Encyclopedia
  • Nový čas bývanie
  • Elisse
  • Žilinský večerník
  • Žilinské noviny


Represented

sGallery, Premstätten, Austria, www.sgallery.at



Book illustration

Books with Soul: The Book for the Daughter

 

  • IN – TERÉN, pop-up exhibition led by Mgr. art. Michaela Šuranská, vocational guarantor Mgr. art. Ján Triaška, ArtD., Hájovňa – Červená studňa, Banská Štiavnica, Slovakia, group exhibition, 2022
  • Breaking free,  sGallery, Premstätten, Austria, group exhibition, 2022
  • Umelci v meste (Artists in town), Rajecké Teplice, Slovakia, group exhibition, 2019
  • International Art Fair Atelier Artfest, Prague, Czech Republic, 2018
  • Exhibition of three authors at the Town Office in Rajecké Teplice, Slovakia, 2016
  • Výtvarné spektrum (Art spectrum) 2014, national round, Art centrum Synagóga, Trenčín, Slovakia, 2014
  • Výtvarné spektrum 2014, regional round, Kysucká galéria, Čadca, Slovakia, 2014
  • Tvorba (Creation) 2014, regional round, Cultural Center in Žilina, Makovického dom, Slovakia, 2014
  • Solo exhibition, Literary Cafe, Žilina, Slovakia, 2013
  • International Festival of  Naive Art – Art Naif Festival, Katowice, Poland, 2013
  • Biennial of Naive Art and Art Brut of the Polish-Slovak Border Edward Sutor, Nowy Targ, Poland, 2013
  • Biennial of Naive Art and Art Brut of the Polish-Slovak Border Edward Sutor, Kežmarok, Slovakia, 2013
  • Arter Ego, exhibition organized by the informal group Hlupane na brane, Photoport gallery, Bratislava, 2012
  • Výtvarné spektrum 2012, national round, Art centrum Synagóga, Trenčín, Slovakia, 2012
  • Výtvarné spektrum 2012, regional round, Kysucká galéria, Čadca, Slovakia, 2012
  • Tvorba 2012, regional round, Cultural Center in Žilina, Makovického dom, Slovakia, 2012
  • Výtvarné spektrum 2010, national round, House of Arts in Piešťany, Slovakia, 2010
  • Výtvarné spektrum 2010, regional round, Kysucká galéria, Manor-house in Oščadnica, Slovakia, 2010
  • Tvorba 2010, regional round, Cultural Center in Žilina, Makovického dom, Slovakia, 2010
  • Výtvarné spektrum 2009, national round, Vihorlat Educational Center in Humenné, Slovakia, 2009
  • Výtvarné spektrum 2009, regional round, Kysucká galéria, Manor-house  in Oščadnica, Slovakia, 2009
  • Tvorba 2009, regional round, Regional Cultural Center in Žilina, Makovického dom, Slovakia, 2009

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