THE ART OF DARINKA BLAGAJ
Darinak Blagaj has a 31 year international career expressing, "The Culture of Now" through paintings, drawings, exhibition, performance art and installations. Works are in private collections is six countries.
The Smile Office- Living Art.
making a window where there was none -
We are now in an evolutionary stage where we are being created from inside out - the fabric of life within us is change and so is the landscape on the outside.
There is no time. Only moment to moment, our mind fills in the rest - makes it look like a fine linear script.
You can feel your way... dancing with the unfolding energy - darinka blagaj
Allowing life to be a multi layered experience through living art expressing moments in diversity from the source of my energy - not from ideas or thoughts. This art is about embodiment.
- the vibration of my eternal being... is a continuous wave of bliss I live within - it is available for all.
Darinka Blagaj Curriculum Vitae & Bio
THE ART OF DARINKA BLAGAJ
Born in Croatia, lived in Austria before coming to Canada with her family as a child. She identifies herself as a Croation Canadian artist with an international career. Firstly, a visual fine artist, who works mostly in oil and charcoal. who "paints the future", and secondly as a performance artist, researcher and developer of The Culture of Now.
Her professional career is full of exhibitions that were painted in the country she was visiting and living at the time:
Early Career 1985-1995
An avid world traveller and painting gypsy - painting and making art and exhibitions happen in situe. Darinka lived & explored life in Vancouver's Railway Street, NYC's Lower East Side, Mexico's Mayan Caribbean coast, Guatemala's Panahachel & Lake Atitlan, Costa Rica's Montezuma, Honduras Islands of Roatan & Utila.
1985-1990 - Early career in Toronto old Queen St. West district, original cafe exhibitions on Queen St. West, Toronto, mixed with studio shows and pop-ups.
•Queen Mother, Rivoli upstairs and downstairs, Squeeze Club, Squirley's, Purple Institute, etc.
1988-1990 NYC- Lower East Side, Greenwich Village at various galleries, art centres, Cafes. Photography performance art with Ron Giii.
1987-1988 Vancouver - Railway St & Centre St in Vancouver,
1990 - Xalapa, Mexico - "Al Otro Lado Del Sol", In Xalapa's stae Gallery, sponsored by the governor of the state and Marie Louise Ferrari, the Canadian Embassy, covered by channel 4 tv. Show travelled to Cordoba in a Chapel, was featured for school groups.
1991 - Barcelona, Spain - MRKVA,Carrot "The Roots of Culture - Wearing The Emperor's Clothes with a Nose" - sponsored by a private collector at Circulo Comtal private cultural club. Pre-Barcelona Olympics, with performance art.
1993 - Bremerhaven, Germany - The Architects show, independent show for clients.
1993 - "Sotto Voce" - Toronto, Access Art Now, Eaton Centre, artist run co-op show. With performance art, installation of the elemental: earth, air, fire, water, ether.
1993-1995 Photography performance art with Philip Winestone.
1995 - Toronto - "Orgasm - Solo Show - 10 year Retrospective" - 150 pieces of art - installation and regular performance art nights for 6 weeks.
Mid Career 1997-2016
1997 - Maui, Hawai'i - Painted a new series at The Hui Art Centre.
1999 - Toronto, "The Voyage is Love," Gallery Arcturus. Featuring the Chakra paintings. Turning an energetic vortex in the city through the installation of crystals within the show.
1997- 2010 Toronto - Cultural Development
• The ALEILA FESTIVAL - In capacity of a creative comeUnity pioneer and a visionary who created The Aleila Festival - an expressive and healing arts festival retreat for 13 years, giving many artists a role as new cultural facilitators - a place to begin their own sharing work within a new platform - giving an opportunity for hundreds to experience the sacred circle and comeUnity through creative and healing arts with inclusiveness, spontaneity & presence at its core..
2001-2002 Peterborough New Dance, original performance art pieces - "Water Feet" & "Star".
Plus a few small local exhibitions.
2001 - 2007- Spirit Portraits, & Private collector commissions.
2013 - Toronto- The Smile Office - beginnings, & Spirit Portraits, Day-Retreat Playshops, gallery created, installed exhibitions.
2014 - New Public Commissions - Healing Art Paintings, Private commissions - Spirit Portraits, Corporate commissions, Urban Totems, Cut-Outs Exhibitions
2014 - The Smile Office Studio in Toronto, Art Salon, Living Art Space & The Smile Office -Culture of Now Movement
2015 - Toronto- The Smile Office - Culture of Now Movement.
"FLOW" Rest Nest Float Club Gallery, Yorkville Toronto
• "Wedding Dress Run" Flash Mobs - Summer 2015 in Yorkville - Performance Art, invoking Joy & Bliss, Street dance to village folk music adapted & composed by Tatjana Cornij on accordion. Flash Mobs, street parades in wedding dresses around Yorkville - photography by George Whiteside
2016 - New Public Commissions - Healing Art Paintings, Private commissions - Spirit Portraits, Corporate commissions, Works for Hospitals and healing Centres.
Studio Holiday Show "Un-seen", featuring new paintings on canvas and wood-
• Studio Showscase - Charcoal Nudes, Healing Paintings, Urban Totems - New Series
I LOVE COLOUR, I LOVE BLACK & WHITE
"What if I unpack every petal day by day in curiosity, play, and the adventure in being love?
Painting and drawing "in the dark" of an unconscious reality - bringing the unknown into form is my daily performance art practise."
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