An interview with the incredible artist Joanna Burda

An interview by Sokratis Tsapaliaris
We met the abstract artist Joanna Burda for an exclusive interview about her work. 

What role does the artist have in society?      
The role of the artist depends mainly on the artist's personality. There are artists who are provokers and they take up topics rather not very popular. There is so much evil in the world so I prefer to present light and color. Creating positive painting is my artistic credo. The audience should feel pleasure looking at art, which should stand for relaxation and pause on a busy day. It is a really great gift to be able to offer positive emotions thanks to the art.
What are you working on at the moment?     
For some months I have been working on a new cycle of portraits consisting of 21 oil paintings on canvas as big as 150/100 cm. It is a really huge enterprise , difficult from the technical point of view. I am following the style of old Dutch masters but with contemporary attributes. Of course I can not at this moment reveal all details. Still, it will hang in the center of Warsaw, the capital of Poland.
What else should we know about you and your work?         
I come from a family with musical talents. My father is a violinist and a composer and my brother is a drummer. I am a qualified classical guitarist. Music stands for a very important element in my artistic creativity - I always listen to classical music when I paint. Still, I also love movie music. I try to transfer those positive rhythms, sounds and colors on my paintings. Particularly it is seen in my abstract paintings. But of course I do not restrict myself to abstraction. More and more, at my friends' and clients' insistence, I incline to realistic painting. They are just free interpretations in old masters' style. What I find really fanny , is the fact that a lot of people looking at my copies and seeing my artistic technique are surprised and say - well, in fact  you can  paint!
What are your goals for the future, both work wise and life?           
I am a painter, a mother of two sons, a wife, a sister, a daughter and  a friend - to keep the balance among all those roles stands for a real challenge. Well, in art as soon as spring comes and for sure in summer, I am planning to go out to paint in open air. Nothing can be compared with live contact with nature. I am continuing the cycle connected with the river on which I live. Anything that happens around it fascinates me.

What’s your favorite piece of work that you have created?
It is a difficult question. It is as if you were to say, which of your child you love the most. I am usually most satisfied with the last piece of work, but when I look at my older pieces of work I often discover new details. I had that about my painting Race on the River -  a really huge composition 155/200 cm, showing canoes on the river from the bird's eye view. Suddenly, I saw there leaves swirling in the water. A completely different perspective has opened. And these are the wonderful moments that art can offer us.
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Between 1996 and 2001 I completed studies at the Faculty of Painting of the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław(Poland)
I live and work in Wrocław, Poland and you are welcome to visit my studio. Those for whom Wrocław is out of the way, I advise to sit comfortably and have a look at my gallery online.

Artist Statement         
I am dedicated to painting which is my true passion and, last but not least, my work. I enjoy working with colour. What never ceases to fascinate me is structure; I value abstraction and realism. I do not want to be preoccupied with only one style, format or technique. Although my diploma was concerned with abstraction and I intended to remain true to those ideas, my interests evolved over time and now I am back to the origin – the good old drawing, former painting techniques; hence an equally important stage of mural painting in my carrier.

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