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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.

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Appreciation of painting

For 20 years I have been a digital artist. I started as a vector graphic designer and illustrator designing posters, logos and brochures. Later on, I worked on magazine editorial and advertising illustration commissions for clients in Italy, the UK and the USA. My characters have been funky and simple, very technical and based on computer-like geometry.

In the meantime, I was exploring automatic drawing as a technique for relaxation. They were just doodles to me, nothing much. So for the higher aesthetics purpose, I created 3D computer models of these drawings and suddenly became quite well-known for this type of work. It was more than 10 years ago.

I was pushing my drawing skills further every day. Of course, I had graduated from an art academy before, where I undertook the basic figure drawing training. I usually sketched on small sheets of paper, then larger and larger ones. My work was very abstract with some characters, heads, eyes and other figurative elements in it.

Another stage was a pure line work with black markers. These were just strange and funny characters connected by a single line all over the artwork. I used the style in a children’s book too and led a few workshops with kids thanks to the simplicity.

Then I did many more drawings on paper again. Now I realised that the stylisation of my figures was becoming more mature. I also translated some of it into vector illustrations, where every part of the human body was exaggerated. I used new drawings on paper as a starting point for my iPad creations as well.

After many years of doing creative artwork, I started to explore acrylic painting. It was not an easy process, I tested out gouache, oils, watercolours too. Finally, I arrived at a stage, when my art feels ready for people to appreciate it more and more. And it actually works!

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The Art of Hate comics anthology

My work, a short comics of 4 pages, has been published in an international comics anthology The Art of Hate. The book was compiled by the London based publisher, Centrala. I created a short story with an ecological theme for this purpose. There is less than 40 authors from all around the world in the book. Moja práca, krátky štvorstranový komiks, bola publikovaná v medzinárodnej komiksovej antológii Umenie nenávisti. Kniha bola skompilovaná Londýnskym vydavateľstvom Centrala. Vytvorila som krátky príbeh s ekologickou témou na tento účel. V knihe sa nachádza menej ako 40 autorov z celého sveta.

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