Traditionally trained as a ballet dancer at the Academy of Music and performing Arts
in Brno, in the Czech republic, he was already fully embarked on a life of global touring and rigorous practice when his knee injury occurred.
Son of a carpenter, Konvalina was familiar the discipline involved in craftsmanship and the prospect of expressing himself on canvas seemed quite natural to him but his influences were determined by his life outside the Czech republic.
“Living in Czechoslovakia during the communist rule in 1988, I was surrounded by the conformity of the baroque buildings that surrounded me. On my first trip to New York at 19, I was shaken by the boldness of modern architecture- the strong lines and their relevance to the modern world.”
Konvalina works using acrylic paints and a spray gun. The medium allows him to work fast and the scale at which he works, allows his to use free movement- both patterns assimilated from his life as a dancer.
“I think that I express myself abstractly as a reaction to the rigid rules of ballet. Abstraction lets you escape from a world that is purely figurative and allows you to put your own image and experience on the canvas.”
Konvalina’s transition into the arts has been further helped by joining Kindred Studios where the increasing scale of his work was made possible.
See more of Zdenek Konvalina’s work here: www.konvalina.co.uk
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