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Aesthetica magazine feature

My work has been featured in the United Kingdom’s June/July Issue 113 of Aesthetica magazine. My profile includes several images in the online and print versions of the artist directory. The magazine is available in the stores of famous and prestigious galleries and museums such as Tate Modern in London, Centre Pompidou in Paris and other places.

A moving, curated platform of those shaping the industry today, each Directory runs concurrently in the bi-monthly magazine, including print and combined digital profiles that offer a gateway to boundary-pushing practices and innovative modes of thought.

Moja práca je publikovaná v britskom časopise Aesthetica, číslo 113, vydanie Jún/Júl 2023. Môj profil obsahuje niekoľko obrázkov v online a tlačenej verzii adresára umelcov. Časopis je k dispozícii v obchodoch slávnych a prestížnych galérií a múzeí ako Tate Modern v Londýne, Centre Pompidou v Paríži a v ďalších.

Adresár výtvarníkov časopisu Aesthetica je kurátorovaná platforma umelcov, ktorí tvarujú toto odvetie a ponúka bránu k postupom posúvajúcim hranice a inovatívnym módom myslenia.

AMERICAN ILLUSTRATION 42 CHOSEN WINNER

Rays of light American Illustration 42 Chosen Winner

I was informed by Mark Heflin, the founder of American Illustration, that I am a CHOSEN WINNER in this 42nd edition of the New York competition from about 8000 entries! My work will appear online in the ARCHIVE on the American Illustration website. The jury included art directors from Time Magazine, Vanity Fair or New York Times Magazine and others.

Mark Heflin, zakladateľ súťaže American Illustration v New Yorku, ma informoval, že som sa stala víťazkou 42. ročníku tejto prestížnej akcie spomedzi 8000 diel! Moja práca bude publikovaná online v ARCHÍVE na stránke American Illustration. V porote boli umeleckí riaditelia Time Magazine, Vanity Fair alebo New York Times Magazine a ďalší.

Animal World in a Playful Line

Animal World in a Playful Line

My solo show of illustrations for children Animal World in A Playful Line was held between April 12 and June 9, 2023 at Piešťany Library.

Moja výstava ilustrácií pre deti Zvierací svet hravou linkou sa konala medzi 12. aprílom a 9. júnom 2023 v Piešťanskej mestskej knižnici.

Honorable Mention for Little pixies and colours!

I entered a number of film festivals with our short animated film Little pixies and colours (Farebníčkovia a farby) and I would like to share the great news. We won two Honorable Mentions in the Best Animation category at Eastern Europe Film Festival in Romania and Kino Ottawa in Canada. The short will be shown also at the Royal Society of Arts in London during the Film Night on the 6th of October 2022. Here is a link to the English version of the film on Youtube.

Prihlásila som náš krátky animák Farebníčkovia a farby (Little pixies and colours) na niekoľko filmových festivalov a mám skvelé správy. Vyhrali sme dva krát Čestné uznanie v kategórii Najlepšia Animácia na Východoeurópskom filmovom festivale v Rumunsku a na Kino Ottawa v Kanade. Film bude tiež premietaný v Kráľovskej spoločnosti umení v Londýne počas Filmovej noci, 6. októbra 2022. Tu je link na anglickú verziu filmu na Youtube.

The power of social graphic design

Top social graphic designs like posters, books and other products outside the realm of print wed existing technology and artistic thinking. Yet social issues need clear, understandable and unique visual communication which combines creative typography with original illustrations. For this reason, advertising agencies invite authors whose distinctive styles differentiate and raise a selected theme’s profile.

The Bienále Forma at the Slovak Union of Visual Art’s Umelka Gallery in Bratislava showcases contemporary Slovakian applied art, presenting the best examples of this artistic discipline. There are also graphic designers among the product engineers, photographers, and fashion designers.

 

In 2021, I introduced The Three I’s – Illiteracy, Inequality, Intolerance, my social poster explaining these basic concepts to a wider audience. Another series of posters sought to motivate the public to become more attentive to the disabled, blind and deaf. The initiative behind this comes from my own personal experience of disability in my family when glaucoma, an eye disease, took my father’s sight away around twenty years ago. The art gallery lets these ideas resonate in a public space, at least for a moment or two, and accelerates social thinking about such disabilities.

Visual communication is a tool that effectively conveys complex ideas. Charitable foundations likewise provide enormous space for artists and designers to contribute individually and express their extensive imaginations. That is why social design is able to create the most innovatively creative solutions for communication campaigns.

 

In England, a charity project by Havas Lynx Parky Life, an advertising agency looking to raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease, drew the attention of the Drum Rose Awards’ organiser. The agency had engaged well-known, successful illustrators to communicate a positive message on its website, as well as on posters and a series of cards. The campaign’s sophisticated use of cartoon images earned it the Best Illustration award.

 

 

Memories is a book produced by a creative team to support Maggie’s, a network of centres across England that care for people diagnosed with cancer. A total of 144 illustrators took part in drawing the pictures accompanying the stories the twelve authors wrote. The book also received a lot of publicity from Computer Arts, a digital art magazine well-known around the world.

 

Another example of the remarkable connection between illustrations and a committed topic is the anti-drug website produced by Rastamana, an organisation that offers legal advice and psychological counselling to addicts.

A major social design element is the communication of appropriately formulated information. Illustrations play an emphasising role here and they are the first thing a viewer or reader notices. The part a designer, artist or illustrator has in this context is therefore irreplaceable.

My work in more than 170 publications worldwide

My illustrations, computer graphics and paintings have been published – books, magazines and newspapers – in more than 170 publications worldwide. My work has been published in Luerzer‘s Archive 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide 07/08 (2008, Austria); Visual Artist at Work by Michael Fleishman, Cengage (2009, USA); Vector Graphics and Illustration, A master class in digital image-making by Steven Withrow and Jack Harris, Rotovision (2008, UK); EXPOSÉ 6: The Finest Digital Art in the Known Universe, Ballistic Publishing (2008, Australia); Images 33: The Best Of British Illustration, The AOI (2009, UK); Images 31: The Best Of British Illustration, The AOI (2007, UK); Planet Alert, Revista Colectiva (2009, Kostarika); A DGPH Project: The Ark, IdN / Systems Design, (2009, Hong Kong); ILLO 2017, 3×3 Directory (2017, USA); ILLO 2018, 3×3 Directory (2018, USA); Drawn Vol.1 The Best Illustrators Worldwide (2017, Australia), Bezier Vol.1 The Best Vector Artists Worldwide (2017, Australia) and other books and magazines such as Vanity Fair, The Economist, Popular Mechanics, Future Music, HR Magazine, Dialogue Review, Computer Arts, 4Talent Magazine and newspapers such as The Guardian.

Moje ilustrácie, počítačové grafiky a maľby boli publikované vo viac ako 170 publikáciách – časopisoch, knihách a novinách po celom svete. Napríklad v knihách Luerzer‘s Archive 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide 07/08 (2008, Austria); Visual Artist at Work by Michael Fleishman, Cengage (2009, USA); Vector Graphics and Illustration, A master class in digital image-making by Steven Withrow and Jack Harris, Rotovision (2008, UK); EXPOSÉ 6: The Finest Digital Art in the Known Universe, Ballistic Publishing (2008, Australia); Images 33: The Best Of British Illustration, The AOI (2009, UK); Images 31: The Best Of British Illustration, The AOI (2007, UK); Planet Alert, Revista Colectiva (2009, Kostarika); A DGPH Project: The Ark, IdN / Systems Design, (2009, Hong Kong); ILLO 2017, 3×3 Directory (2017, USA); ILLO 2018, 3×3 Directory (2018, USA); Drawn Vol.1 The Best Illustrators Worldwide (2017, Australia), Bezier Vol.1 The Best Vector Artists Worldwide (2017, Australia) a časopisoch ako Vanity Fair, The Economist, Popular Mechanics, Future Music, HR Magazine, Dialogue Review, Computer Arts, 4Talent Magazine alebo v novinách The Guardian.

Visit to the Royal Society of Arts in London

In April 2022 I visited the Royal Society of Arts in London, where I am a Life Fellow. My book ‘Don’t take my dreams from me’ is part of the Fellow’s library and I found it on display prominently by the librarian desk! I am so grateful and happy. I also had a couple of meetings with an artist, a gallerist and a film industry professional and I attended the President’s lecture that HRH Princess Royal introduced.

I have had my work published in the famous Vanity Fair magazine, which has been displayed and on sale in every magazine store (not only) in London! Andy Warhol’s iconic portrait of Queen Elizabeth II is on the cover of this issue of Vanity Fair magazine.

V apríli 2022 som navštívila Kráľovskú spoločnosť umení v Londýne, kde som doživotnou členkou. Moja kniha Neberte mi sny je súčasťou členskej knižnice a našla som ju vystavenú na významnom mieste pri knihovníčkinom pulte. Som vďačná a šťastná. Tiež som tu mala niekoľko stretnutí s umelcom, galeristkou a filmovou profesionálkou a zúčastnila som sa Prezidentskej prednášky, ktorú otvorila Princezná Anna.

Moja práca je tiež publikovaná v slávnom časopise Vanity Fair, ktorý je vystavený a predajný v každom obchode s časopismi (nielen) v Londýne. Na obálke tohto čísla časopisu Vanity Fair je ikonický portrét Kráľovny Alžbety II od Andyho Warhola.

Petra Štefanková is Vanity Fair UK A-list Artist 2022!

The Hollywood issue of the famous magazine of popular culture Vanity Fair by Condé Nast publishing in the UK has been published on the 25th of February 2022. A-list artists is a prestigious section presenting prominent visual artists and I am honoured to be part of it. My original artwork „Rays of Light“, acrylics on canvas, 70x60cm in size, is published in this issue. The artwork is available for sale.

Definition of the A-List terminology: a list or group of individuals of the highest level of society, excellence, or eminence. Source: Merriam Webster Dictionary.

Vanity Fair magazine opens the doors to Hollywood, high finance, media, politics and culture, tracking the latest scandals, the greatest achievements and the newest stars.

25. februára 2022 vyšlo Hollywoodske číslo slávneho časopisu populárnej kultúry Vanity Fair od vydavateľstva Condé Nast vo Veľkej Británii. „A-zoznam“ výtvarných umelcov je prestížna rubrika, ktorá predstavuje popredných výtvarníkov a je mi cťou, že som jej súčasťou. V tomto čísle je publikované moje originálne dielo, akryl na plátne „Lúče svetla“ formátu 70x60cm. Originál diela je k dispozícii na predaj.

Definícia pojmu A-list: zoznam alebo skupina jednotlivcov najvyššej úrovne spoločnosti, výnimočnosti alebo eminencie. Zdroj: Merriam Webster Dictionary.

Časopis Vanity Fair otvára dvere do Hollywoodu, vysokých financií, médií, politiky a kultúry mapujúc aktuálne škandály, veľké úspechy a najnovšie hviezdy.

My name in prestigious libraries

I have discovered my name in articles and books at some of the famous libraries in the United Kingdom, the USA and Spain. Our book titled Don’t take my dreams from me is available from the library of the Royal Society of Arts in London. Some of my articles published in the US and the UK are available to students and teachers of the prestigious art school, the University of the Arts London. My conference paper, which was written for Graphite 2007, the computer graphics conference in Australia, was published by the famous Association of Computer Machinery in the USA. And I already mentioned earlier on this blog, that my profile and artworks have been published in a book by Jack Harris and Steven Withrow in the UK. This book has been translated into the Spanish language and it is available from the library of the famous Artium museum.

Objavila som svoje meno v článkoch a knihách v niektorých zo slávnych knižníc v Anglicku, v USA a v Španielsku. Naša kniha Neberte mi sny je k dispozícii v knižnici Kráľovskej spoločnosti umení v Londýne. Niektoré moje články publikované v USA a v Anglicku sú k dispozícii študentom a učiteľom prestížnej umeleckej školy University of the Arts London. Môj konferenčný príspevok, ktorý som napísala pre Graphite 2007, konferenciu počítačovej grafiky v Austrálii, bol publikovaný slávnou Asociáciou pre počítačové stroje v USA. A už som spomenula skôr na tomto blogu, že môj profil a diela boli publikované v knihe Jacka Harrisa a Stevena Withrowa v Anglicku. Táto kniha bola preložená do španielčiny a je umiestnená v knižnici slávneho múzea Artium.

Word cultures reflected in my paintings

My solo show at the Bratislava Castle gallery in August 2021 had the title Traveller. I chose this name because I have visited many countries with my work – the USA, the UK, Germany, Portugal, France, Australia, Austria, Czech Republic or Italy. I also visited more countries for leisure and vacation – Greece, Tunisia, Spain, Croatia. Different cultures left their marks on my visual thinking. For example, my decorative drawn structures are close to the drawings and paintings by the native Australian inhabitants, Aboriginals. Bold, but simplified faces with eyes and characters remind Aztecan symbols. Flat aesthetics of graphic design in painting is known from the works of the American fine artists of the Pop Art movement. The draw-painting technique refers to Street Art, Graffiti, or the Lowbrow movement, but also comics culture, which has a strong hub in the USA. Human profiles and silhouettes of people drawn using a black outline may suggest a context with the historic roots of Egyptian art. Surrealism and cubism – movements, that I base my work on as well, have their origin in Europe – in France and Spain. I was also strongly influenced by the Slovakian fine art and illustration culture because that is where I was born.

Moja samostatná výstava na Bratislavskom hrade v auguste 2021 mala názov Cestovateľka. Zvolila som si toto pomenovanie, pretože som navštívila so svojou prácou mnohé krajiny – USA, Veľkú Britániu, Nemecko, Portugalsko, Francúzsko, Austráliu, Rakúsko, Česko či Taliansko. Samozrejme, v rámci mojich mimopracovných dovoleniek tých navštívených krajín bolo ešte o niečo viac – Grécko, Tunisko, Španielsko, alebo Chorvátsko. Rozličné kultúry zanechali stopy v mojom vizuálnom myslení. Napríklad dekoratívna drobnokresba a štruktúra má blízko ku kresbám a maľbám pôvodných Austrálskych obyvateľov Aborigenov. Výrazné, ale zjednodušené tváričky s očami a postavičky zase pripomínajú Aztécke symboly. Plošná estetika grafického dizajnu v maľbe je známa z tvorby amerických výtvarníkov smerov ako Pop art. Kresbo-maliarska technika odkazuje na Street art, Graffiti, či hnutie Lowbrow, ale aj komiksovú kultúru, ktoré majú v USA silné centrum. Ľudské profily a obrysy postáv čiernou linkou môžu naznačovať súvislost s historickými koreňmi Egyptského umenia. Surrealizmus a kubizmus – smery, o ktoré sa v princípe tiež opieram, majú svoj pôvod v Európe – vo Francúzsku a Španielsku. Tiež ma ovplyvnila slovenská výtvarná kultúra, keďže som sa tu narodila.

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