Saša Makarová

Saša Makarová is an Austrian-Slovak painter. Saša Makarová was born in Košice, Slovakia. She studied painting from 1987 to 1991 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava. With the fall of the Berlin Wall, she moved to Austria in 1991 and studied at the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna, under the supervision of Prof. Adolf Frohner, who had influenced Viennese Actionism. From 1996 her works have been shown in numerous exhibitions, such as the Museum Morsbroich, Künstlerhaus Wien, Art Karlsruhe, the Viennafair and the ARCO Madrid.

Her work is stylistically located between the Neuen Wilden and the Fauvists. Saša Makarová‘s oeuvre is a figurative exploration of the topic of woman and femininity. Challenging self-portraits, with impasto floral and ornamental elements reminiscent of Henri Matisse are her means of expression. The expressive coloring of the Brücke painters finds its way in her art as well. For this purpose, she works with subjects from myths and fairy tales, with which she creates her own world in her pictures based on the gestural painting of the Fauvists, the Neuen Wilden and the action artists. Makarová mixes her oil colors herself, with intensely glowing pigments. Appearances, such as the woodcut-like figures and bright, intense colors are reminiscent of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner or Emil Nolde.

The style, choice of color and form are conscious means for Makarová to take the viewer on an emotional journey into the artist’s inner being. The Images capture intimate scenes of tense ambiguity, dressed in the aesthetic coat of sensuality. They tell us of mythological form of love, dependence and sexuality, always from the point of view of a self-determined femininity.


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